Baylor vs Iowa State Prediction: Odds, Picks, Best Bets – Saturday, December 31, 2022

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The Iowa State Cyclones (9-2, 0-0 Big 12) will welcome in the Baylor Bears (10-2, 0-0 Big 12) after victories in eight straight home games. It begins at 2:00 PM ET on Saturday, December 31, 2022.

Saturday’s matchup between the Bears and the Cyclones features the Bears as close 2-point favorites. A 132.5-point total is set for the game.

Baylor vs. Iowa State Odds

Point Spread for Baylor vs. Iowa State

The spread for this matchup is set at 2 points, with oddsmakers listing Baylor as the favorite.

Baylor vs. Iowa State Moneyline

As for the moneyline, Baylor has -132 odds to pick up the win, while Iowa State is listed at +110 to claim victory.


Finally, the over/under for the game is set at 132.5 points.

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Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Saturday, December 31, 2022
  • Game Time: 2:00 PM ET
  • Location: Ames, Iowa
  • Arena: James H. Hilton Coliseum

Baylor vs. Iowa State Betting Trends

Against the spread, Baylor is 6-6-0 this season. The Bears have been favorites in 10 games this season and have come away with the win eight times (80%) in those contests. Baylor has gone over the point total in 54.5% of its opportunities this year (six times in 11 games with a set point total).

Against the spread, Iowa State is 6-5-0 this season. The Cyclones have won 50% of the games this season they were the moneyline underdog (2-2). Iowa State’s games this year have gone over the total in only two of 11 opportunities (18.2%).

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Baylor vs. Iowa State Key Players to Watch


Keyonte George posts 15.6 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.9 assists per contest, shooting 39% from the field and 34.8% from beyond the arc with 2.7 made 3-pointers per game. Jalen Bridges puts up 8.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists per contest. Defensively, he delivers 0.6 steals and 1.1 blocked shots. Dale Bonner puts up 6.3 points, 2 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game, shooting 46.9% from the field.

Iowa State

Jaren Holmes paces the Cyclones in scoring (13.8 points per game) and assists (3.1), and produces 3.5 rebounds. He also puts up 1.5 steals and 0.1 blocked shots. Aljaz Kunc is putting up a team-leading 5.9 rebounds per contest. And he is producing 8.5 points and 2.3 assists, making 48.4% of his shots from the floor and 35.9% from beyond the arc, with 1.3 treys per contest. Tamin Lipsey is the Cyclones’ top assist man (4.4 per game), and he puts up 6.1 points and 2.6 rebounds. Caleb Grill gives the Cyclones 10 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.2 assists per contest. He also averages 1.5 steals and 0.1 blocked shots.

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What you need to know about the Baylor Bears

A total of 10 of Baylor’s conference games last season went over the point total. Offensively, the Bears are putting up 80.8 points per game (33rd-ranked in college basketball). They are ceding 65.4 points per contest at the other end of the court (100th-ranked). Baylor is averaging 32.9 boards per game this season (165th-ranked in college basketball), and it has allowed just 27.3 rebounds per game (25th-best).

Baylor ranks 18th-best in the nation by sinking 9.9 threes per game. In terms of three-point percentage, it ranks 84th in college basketball at 36.3%. So far this year, the Bears are giving up 6.8 three-pointers per game (143rd-ranked in college basketball) and are allowing opponents to shoot 33.5% (209th-ranked) from beyond the arc.

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What you need to know about the Iowa State Cyclones

A total of 11 of Iowa State’s conference games last year hit the over. In 2022-23, the Cyclones are 205th in college basketball offensively (70.9 points scored per game) and eighth-best on defense (56.9 points conceded). In 2022-23, Iowa State is 257th in the nation in rebounds (31.1 per game) and 123rd in rebounds allowed (30).

Iowa State is 279th in college basketball in 3-pointers made (6.4 per game) and 244th in 3-point percentage (32.6%). In 2022-23, the Cyclones are 193rd in the nation in 3-pointers allowed (7.2 per game) and 88th in defensive 3-point percentage (30.7%).

Baylor vs. Iowa State Prediction & Pick

Our prediction to win this game is Baylor, and we expect that Iowa State will cover the spread (Baylor -2). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 132.5 points.

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How to bet Baylor vs. Iowa State

You can bet on Baylor vs. Iowa State at every legal online sportsbook. For more college basketball odds, including moneylines, spreads, over/under totals, check out the latest NCAA lines as well as our guide to the best college basketball betting sites.

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Dan Weiner

Hailing from Atlanta and attending college at the University of Texas, Dan is passionate about sports, particularly college football and soccer. He's a diehard Atlanta pro sports and Texas Longhorns fan. He likes every sport and will watch anything and everything the weirder the better. He joined Betsperts after an 11 year career in television production at ESPN.

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