Baylor Bears vs. Iowa State Cyclones
Date/Time: March 15, 2014, 9:00 p.m. EST
Where: Sprint Center, Kansas City, Missouri
The college basketball conference championships are exciting to watch but they can also ruin the hopes and the dreams of the bubble teams. If a team wins a tournament that was not predicted to win it, it could wreak havoc for teams that are on the bubble. That is exactly what could happen in the Big 12 tournament.
The Baylor Bears and the Iowa State Cyclones are competing to win the Big 12 title, but few expected these teams to be battling for it all with teams like Kansas and Texas in the mix. Both teams deserve to be in this title game and have looked impressive down the stretch. The seventh-seeded Bears will try for a fourth win in four days after rolling to a convincing 86-69 victory over Texas in the semifinals. The fourth-seeded Cyclones are in the tournament title game for the first time since 2000 after producing a solid 94-83 win over top-seeded Kansas. If Baylor wins this tournament it could spell trouble for a bubble team that was hoping to take an open spot on Selection Sunday.
The teams split two regular-season meetings with Iowa State posting an 87-72 victory on its home floor and Baylor returned serve with a 74-61 home win. Now there is just one game with everything on the line.
The latest college basketball betting trends for this tournament championship reveal that the Bears have more positive wagering angles in this game than the Cyclones. The Bears are 4-0 against the spread (ATS) in their last 4 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games when playing a team with a winning straight up record and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win. The Cyclones are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games when playing against a team with a winning percentage above .600 and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games when playing against a team with a winning straight up record, but they are just 1-8 ATS in their last 9 Saturday games.
In recent meetings the edge has gone to the chalk. The favorite is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings and in turn the Bears are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The Ccylones are streaky on offense and that could spell trouble in a game of this magnitude. The Bears get the big win and they send other bubble teams scrambling for the last spot in the NCAA Tournament.
Free Pick: Baylor Bears
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