Baylor @ Iowa State 3/15/24 Free Pick, NCAAB Odds, NCAAB Predictions

Baylor (23-9) at Iowa State (25-7)

Game Info: Friday, March 15th, 2024 at  9:30 p.m. EST (T-Mobile Center)

Betting Odds: Iowa State ML (-125) - Over/Under (137)

Pick: Iowa State ML (-125)

Two of the top teams in the Big 12 conference will face off here on Friday night in the semifinals of the Big 12 conference tournament. It is fair to say that both of these teams have likely already locked up an NCAA tournament berth regardless of the outcome of this game on Friday night. However, the winner of this game has a chance to advance to the finals of the conference tournament and win the automatic bid for the Big 12. Winning the conference tournament will only improve their seeding in the NCAA tournament and give them bragging rights heading into next season. This should be a quality game between two of the top teams in the country here on Friday night, as Baylor takes on Iowa State in Kansas City.

Baylor has put together incredible numbers this season coming into this game as winners of 23 out of 32 on the year. They will look to keep that momentum rolling in this big 12 conference tournament semifinals matchup against Iowa State on Friday night in Kansas City. This is a Baylor team that was perceived as one of the favorites to win the conference alongside Houston in what could possibly be the deepest conference in college basketball this season. They are already guaranteed a spot in the NCAA tournament this season and they will look to come into the tournament with as much momentum as possible and a conference tournament championship at their disposal as well. 

Baylor picked up a victory over Iowa State in their lone meeting of the regular season and they will look for their second victory here on Friday. Right now they are projected to be a top five seed in the NCAA tournament, which should give them a favorable run throughout the first few rounds of the bracket. Baylor comes into this game ranked 14th in the country, and they have had one of the best offenses in the country this season as well averaging over 80 points per game on the year. After dropping their regular season finale to Texas Tech, they opened up the conference tournament with a blowout victory against Cincinnati and they will look for their second consecutive win in two nights here on Friday night. 

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Despite dropping the regular season matchup between these two teams, Iowa State comes into this game as the favorite to pick up the victory on Friday night in Kansas City. They have put together an incredible run throughout the regular season, and they will look to keep the momentum rolling in the conference tournament, as well and they will look to further improve their standing heading into selection Sunday. Iowa State is currently ranked number seven in the country and if they have a strong finish to the season in conference tournament play, they could possibly find themselves as a number one seed in the NCAA tournament. 

They come into this game as winners of 25 out of 32 games on the year and they will look for their 26th victory of the season and a semifinals victory in this tournament matchup on Friday night against Baylor. Iowa State has gotten the job done this season with their incredible play on the defensive end of the court. As they are giving up around 62 points per game, which makes them one of the best defenses in the country this season. After coming up short in their regular season finale against Kansas State on the road they bounced back with a blowout victory in the quarterfinals of this tournament against that very same Kansas State team. Now they will look for a second consecutive victory here in this one against Baylor, as they look to avenge their loss from the regular season against the Bears. 

Betting trends to consider in this matchup:

- Iowa State is 21-3 as a favorite 

- Baylor is 2-7 as an underdog 

- Iowa State is 18-6 after a win

I expect this to be a back-and-forth game throughout the entire entirety of the contest on Friday evening in Kansas City. In the end, I look for Iowa State to get their revenge on Baylor from their loss in the regular season. As I look for them to pick up the victory in a close matchup, that will likely go down to the final few minutes of the game here in this one. But I look for Iowa State’s defense to come out and get the job done late in the game with a couple key stops down the stretch to eliminate Baylor from the conference tournament.

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