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We aren’t quite as high on this Iowa State squad as some and we’re a bit skeptical as to how much success this group is going to have on the road in conference play this season. Iowa State was able to bounce back in the second half of their conference opener at home getting past a solid Texas Tech squad by a final of 63-56. The Cyclones have seemed to favor a slower offensive pace in their tougher matchups so far this season and it’ll be interesting to see how this trend carries over into the rest of their Big 12 play. Iowa State only picked up one resume building nonconference win with their result against Miami, but this group is still in a good position standing 9-3 overall and 1-0 in conference. Mitrou-Long has led the offense averaging 15.6 points per game.
The Baylor Bears have been one of the most consistently impressive teas in the nation to open the year standing 13-0 overall ranking 70th in the nation in scoring average and 5th in total defense. Baylor was overlooked coming into the year given the talent they lost in the offseason, but this group somehow looks even better without guys like Prince and Gathers on the floor. Baylor dominated action in their conference opener getting past Oklahoma on the road by a final of 76-50 and the Bears just keep on blowing out all short of opposition. Baylor builds off of their tough defense and on the offensive end Johnathan Motley has stepped up to lead the team averaging 16.3 points per game.
Baylor has been dominating teams in such consistent manner it’s tough to make a solid case to go against this group, especially on their home court. We’re not overly confident in this Iowa State group that’s looked a bit shaky offensive in some of their tougher matchups this season. We’ll side with Baylor to continue to play well as they go on to win and cover the spread.
Baylor -8 -110