NCAA Basketball Picks: Baylor Bears vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys
Baylor Bears at No. 22 Oklahoma State Cowboys
Wednesday, 2/6/13, 7:00 PM EST, TV: ESPN
Opening Point Spread: Oklahoma State -5.5
Current Betting Line: Oklahoma State -7
Opening Total: 135.5
Current Total: 138
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker
Baylor has dropped back-to-back games, including a 79-71 setback to the Iowa State Cyclones as 4.5-point road underdogs last time out, while going OVER the total for a third consecutive contest. “I was disappointed we weren’t a little better on the glass,” commented Bears coach Scott Drew. The Bears lead the Big 12 in averaging 39.9 rebounds during league play, which is important to consider when making your NCAA basketball picks. Baylor is 0-2 ATS as a road underdog of 6.5 to 9 points the last two-plus seasons.
The Bears have accounted for 28 percent of the 72 double-doubles by Big 12 Conference players this year, with freshman Isaiah Austin leading the way with eight. Austin is one of three starters averaging in double figures, with the group being led by senior guard Pierre Jackson, who is scoring 19.1 points per game. Offensively, the team ranks second in the conference in averaging 75.8 points per game, while outscoring opponents by an average margin of 12 during the course of the 2012-13 campaign.
Oklahoma State has won three games in a row, including a monster 85-80 victory over the Kansas Jayhawks as 9.5-point road underdogs last time out, while going OVER the total for a third consecutive contest. “It’s a big win,” commented Cowboys swingman Le’Bryan Nash. “We still want more.” The Cowboys defense is limiting opponents to just 60.2 points per game on 38.7 percent shooting. Oklahoma State is 7-5 ATS as favorites this year, which can’t be ignored when looking over the college basketball odds page.
The Cowboys suffered a disappointing 64-54 loss to the Bears as 4.5-point road underdogs in the first meeting this year, while going UNDER the posted total of 133. Oklahoma State is the only team in the Big 12 that has three different players ranked among the league’s top 10 in scoring. The squad also ranks 18th nationally in knocking down 75.1 percent of its tries from the charity stripe.
Sports bettors will likely play the total in this affair, as the UNDER is 4-1 in the last five meetings in this series.
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