The No. 1 Baylor Bears (19-1, 8-0 Big 12) and the Kansas State Wildcats (9-12, 2-6 Big 12) clash at Fred Bramlage Coliseum. The Bears will try to continue their 18-game winning streak. Action starts at 9 p.m. ET on Monday, February 3, 2020, and it can be seen on ESPN2.
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The Bears were victorious over the TCU Horned Frogs in their last matchup, 68-52. With 12 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks, Baylor’s Freddie Gillespie had a solid outing. Baylor played a flawless game. They had a free throw rate of 0.236 (above their season average of 0.212) and a turnover percentage of 15.0 (worse than their season average of 14.8). For those same stats, TCU was 0.151 and 20.3, respectively.
In the Wildcats’ previous matchup, they were topped by the No. 12 West Virginia Mountaineers, 66-57. David Sloan was Kansas State’s leading scorer with 13 points on 5-for-11 shooting. West Virginia had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (37.1 vs. 27.8). Kansas State, meanwhile, had a better turnover percentage (18.8 vs. 19.4).
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams, after the Wildcats won both games last season. In the most recent contest, Kansas State won 66-60. The Wildcats’ 14.2 turnover percentage was their biggest advantage over the Bears, who had a rate of 26.5.
Kansas State might have a difficult time scoring as they square off against one of the nation’s best defenses. Baylor ranks fifth in defensive efficiency while the Wildcats rank 299th in offensive efficiency. Also, the Bears could control the offensive glass in this contest as they rank sixth in the country in offensive rebounding percentage at 37.8 percent. The Wildcats, meanwhile, rank 286th in defensive rebounding percentage (69.3 percent).
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Free College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Kansas State, ATS Winner – Kansas State, 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 nation. Kansas State ranks 180th in steals allowed per game (7.3).
The Wildcats have been outscored by an average of 1.8 points in their last five games. For the season, Kansas State has defeated opponents by an average of 1.6 points.
During their last five games, the Bears have scored an average of 68.6 points per game (3.5 below their season average) and allowed an average of 58.2 points per game (0.2 above their season average).