Basketball

PREDICTIONS: Iowa State vs. No. 9 Baylor

Jan 4, 2017; Waco, TX, USA; Iowa State Cyclones guard Matt Thomas (21) dribbles between Baylor Bears forward Terry Maston (31) and forward Johnathan Motley (5) during the second half at Ferrell Center. Baylor won 65-63. Mandatory Credit: Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports

Iowa State (18-9, 10-5) vs. No. 9 Baylor (23-5, 10-5)

TV: 3 p.m. on ESPN

Line: Iowa State (-2)

Chris Williams: I am probably way too confident but I really like Iowa State here. Baylor has won five in a row against the Cyclones include two in a row in Ames. That’s absurd. Chances are, that flips on Saturday. Solomon Young will help. Monte Morris will NOT go 4-of-18 from the field like the first time these teams met and the Cyclones will win by a 73-67 final.

Brent Blum: If you would tell me back in 2014 that Scott Drew would have a chance to win 3 straight games in Hilton Coliseum, I would have thought there would be a better chance a reality TV star…you know the rest. Give Drew credit, his Bears are good, play hard and that zone is so bizarre, it’s difficult to prepare for. It’s not a typical zone that a team can move the ball around and shoot over the top, it’s sort of amoeba-like and has given Iowa State fits through the years. Motley scares the heck out of me, but if the Cyclones keep him under 30, they ride the Hilton Magic to a victory. Iowa State 77 Baylor 73.