The No. 1 Baylor Bears (19-1, 8-0 Big 12) will attempt to extend their 18-game winning streak against the Kansas State Wildcats (9-12, 2-6 Big 12) at Fred Bramlage Coliseum. The game starts at 9 p.m. ET on Monday, February 3, 2020, and will air on ESPN2.
Baylor Bears at Kansas State Wildcats ATS Prediction
The Bears will be looking for similar success after beating the TCU Horned Frogs in their last outing, 68-52. The Bears made 13 of their 17 free throws (76.5 percent) and had a much better turnover percentage (15.0 vs. 20.3). Freddie Gillespie played a key role for Baylor with 12 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks.
In the Wildcats’ last game, they were beaten by the No. 12 West Virginia Mountaineers, 66-57. West Virginia’s offensive rebounding percentage was their biggest advantage over Kansas State. The Mountaineers had a rate of 37.1 (below their season average of 40.3), while the Wildcats posted a mark of 27.8. With 13 points on 5-for-11 shooting, David Sloan was Kansas State’s leading scorer.
After the Wildcats won both games against the Bears last season, these teams will clash for the first time this year. In the last contest, Kansas State won 66-60. Kansas State had a much better turnover percentage (14.2 vs. 26.5). Baylor, on the other hand, had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (24.1 vs. 14.3).
The ineffective offense of Kansas State will clash against the top-notch defense of Baylor. The Wildcats currently rank 299th in offensive efficiency, while the Bears are fifth in defensive efficiency. The Bears figure to have the advantage on that end of the court. Furthermore, the Bears rank sixth in offensive rebounding percentage (37.8 percent), while the Wildcats rank 286th in defensive rebounding percentage (69.3 percent).
Baylor at Kansas State Pick
Basketball Pick: ATS Winner – Baylor, O/U – Over
Baylor ranks 47th in rebounds per game (38.8) while Kansas State ranks 219th (33.9).
The Bears rank 28th in blocks per game (4.8) while the Wildcats rank 155th (2.7).
Baylor averages 7.8 steals per game, which ranks 54th in the country. Kansas State ranks 180th in steals allowed per game (7.3).
The Bears’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 10.4, down from 14.2 for the season.
During their last five games, the Wildcats have scored an average of 67.2 points per game (2.1 above their season average) and allowed an average of 69.0 points per game (5.5 above their season average).