On Saturday, Baylor travels to James H. Hilton Coliseum to take on Iowa State. Tip-off is at 8:00 EST and you can catch it on ESPN 2. The Bears are 2-3 against the Cyclones over the last four years. They lost 80-72 the last time they played (3/3/2012).
Baylor is in 2nd place in the Big 12, Iowa State is in 5th place.
In their last match-up on January 30th, Pierre Jackson put up 22 points and 8 rebounds for the Bears in a loss to Oklahoma, 74-71. With 18.8 points per game and 5.9 assists per game, he has team-best marks in both categories. The Cyclones were defeated by Oklahoma State 78-76 on January 30th despite 19 points and 5 rebounds from Chris Babb. He contributes 3.1 rebounds per game in addition to his 9.3 points per game. Iowa State can be found near the top of the conference standings in the following categories: defensive rebounding percentage at 72.6 and effective field goal percentage at 52.9.
StatSmack! Baylor is better than Iowa State
Baylor has a much lower admission rate (more selective) according to Kiplinger (50% vs 85%).
Baylor has a much better overall winning percentage over the last 5 years (69.51% to 55.33%).
We just win. Baylor has more wins over the last 5 years than Iowa State (135 vs 97).
We beat real teams. Baylor has more wins against the RPI Top 50 than Iowa State this season (3 vs 1).