After losing back to back games against Kansas and Missouri, the Baylor Bears return to action tonight to take on a pesky Iowa State team that has won six of eight and is looking for another signature win.
Without any further ado, let’s get right to our predictions for the game:
Iowa State at #10 Baylor – 7 PM ET, ESPNU
Jamal Murphy – Yes, I know: Baylor is soft and plays no D, Perry Jones is a disappointment and coach Scott Drew’s coaching skills are suspect. But, guess what? The Bears are still 20-4 and have only lost to two teams, Kansas and Missouri.
Baylor has handled teams the caliber of Iowa State all season. One only wonders about the current psyche of the Bears based on their recent poor play and all of the negative publicity they’ve been receiving.
Baylor has gone from a potential tournament #1 seed to the 3 range in about a week. The home crowd should help, but Iowa State is no slouch.
The Cyclones come in having won six of eight and would love a win of this magnitude to solidify their NCAA Tournament standing. Iowa State suffered a disappointing road loss at Oklahoma State last week, so tonight would figure to be a tough task for Fred Hoiberg and company.
Look for Baylor to begin to get back on track in a closely contested game.
Prediction: Baylor 78, Iowa State 74
Blake Lovell – A lot of people are starting to fly off the Baylor bandwagon, although two losses to Top 10 teams isn’t particularly anything to worry about. However, they got blown out in each of them, so perhaps that’s the cause for concern.
I’m not as worried about them as most, but I do think this is a difficult scenario for them. They are coming off of two losses where they didn’t play well at all and they now have to match up with an Iowa State team that is clearly on the rise.
They did lose to Oklahoma State, which kind of stopped their momentum. So that’s something to think about heading into this one. Royce White is a beast though, and he’ll give his team a chance in this game tonight.
Picking Baylor right now is scary. But if they want to be a great team, they MUST win this game. And I think they will.
Prediction: Baylor 68, Iowa State 62
What are your thoughts on tonight’s game?