Monday's Best NCAAB Bets
Iowa State Cyclones at Baylor Bears (-8, 140 )
The Cyclones are coming off a 69-46 blowout of Texas A&M on Saturday, their second 20-plus point beatdown of the Aggies this season. The win gave Iowa State its best start through the first 12 conference games since it went 10-2 in 2000-01, when Larry Eustachy was coach.
The Cyclones have turned into a dominant perimeter team, ranking first in the Big 12 in three-pointers per game (8.9) and second in three-point percentage defense (30.0).
Iowa State senior Chris Allen has caught fire in the past two games, scoring 47 points, including a career-high 25 against Texas A&M.
Baylor sophomore Perry Jones III is looking to break out of a slump. The NBA prospect had just nine points on three-of-20 shooting in the Bears’ last two games, losses to Kansas and Missouri.
The Bears are 0-5 ATS in their last five games, and 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings with the Cyclones.
Kansas Jayhawks at Kansas State Wildcats (3, 137)
Kansas State, once viewed as a lock to make the NCAA Tournament, suddenly finds itself squarely on the bubble after blowing a 14-point, second-half lead to Texas on Saturday.
But the Wildcats have won two of their last four meetings with their hated rivals. That includes last year’s 84-68 victory, a wire-to-wire win against the then-No. 1 Jayhawks.
Rodney McGruder, who scored a team-high 15 points in Kansas State’s 67-49 loss in Lawrence earlier this year, will have to come up big for the Wildcats to pull the upset.
Kansas is dominant inside thanks to center Jeff Withey, who leads the Big 12 with 79 blocks. He also has scored 43 points in the last two games, providing a nice complement to Thomas Robinson.
The Jayhawks are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 visits to Manhattan.