Mar 9, 2019; Ames, IA, USA; The Iowa State Cyclones bench celebrates during their game against the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Hilton Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports
Iowa State finished fifth in the final Big 12 regular season standings, but the folks in the desert give the Cyclones the fourth-best odds of leaving Kansas City as Big 12 Tournament champions.
According to Caesar Sports, Iowa State has +600 (or bet $100 to win $600) odds of running the table at the Sprint Center. Unsurprisingly, Big 12 co-champion Texas Tech is the favorite at +150.
Kansas State and Kansas are the two teams between Tech and the Cyclones at +350 and +500, respectively. The initial odds released on Saturday were altered on Sunday following the announcement that Kansas State’s first-team All-Big 12 forward Dean Wade is questionable for the tournament after feeling discomfort in his previously injured foot.
Baylor, Iowa State’s quarterfinal opponent at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, and Texas are right behind the Cyclones at +800 odds, followed by Oklahoma and TCU at +2000. The field is rounded out by Big 12 bottom-dwellers Oklahoma State and West Virginia with each team’s odds set at +20000.
As of now, Iowa State is pegged to win Thursday’s matchup with the Bears 74-71 by KenPom. The Cyclones are 3-1 all-time against the Bears in the Big 12 Tournament, including a 74-65 win in the 2014 title game, which started the program’s run of three Big 12 Tournament championships in four years.
The lone loss to the Bears in conference tournament play came in 2001 after the Cyclones had clinched their second-straight Big 12 regular season title. Iowa State enters Thursday’s game with a 17-18 all-time record in Big 12 Tournament play with 10 of those wins coming in the last six seasons.