College Basketball Picks: Baylor Bears vs. Kansas State Wildcats

No. 4 Baylor Bears at No. 18 Kansas State Wildcats
Tuesday, 1/10/12, 8:00 PM EST, TV:  ESPN3
Opening Point Spread:  Kansas State -2.5
Current Betting Line:  Kansas State -2.5
Opening Total:  129
Current Total:  133.5
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The Baylor Bears are road underdogs Tuesday night against the Kansas State Wildcats

Baylor will put its perfect record on the line Tuesday night inside Bramlage Coliseum, as the program is 15-0 to start the season for the first time in program history.  The Bears know they will need to match the Wildcats’ energy level to walk away with a victory.  “They always play hard, they always compete,” stated Bears head coach Scott Drew.  “The atmosphere gives them a great home-court advantage.”  The program leads the Big 12 Conference in allowing opponents to shoot just 36.3 percent per game.  Baylor is 12-9 ATS on the road the last two-plus seasons.

The Bears will be playing two games in the Sunflower State this week, as they travel to take on the Kansas Jayhawks in Lawrence after this contest.  Baylor is 12-29 all-time against the conference’s Kansas schools.  The program is 6-0 away from home and tonight’s game will be the fourth true road game of the season.  Four players in the starting lineup average double figures in points, as sophomore forward Perry Jones III leads the way in scoring 13.0 points per game.

Kansas State plays host to its second unbeaten team in four days and will be looking to win back-to-back games against Top 10 teams for the first time in school history.  The Wildcats are coming off an impressive 75-59 victory over the Missouri Tigers as one-point home underdogs, while going ‘under’ the total in three straight contests heading into tonight.  The program is 13-10 in this particular series, including a 3-2 mark under the direction of current head coach Frank Martin.  Kansas State is 2-0 ATS as a home favorite of 3.5 to 6 points over the last two-plus seasons.

The Wildcats have three players in their starting lineup that average double-digit points, with junior guard Rodney McGruder leading the way in scoring 13.2 points per game.  Kansas State has a deep roster with seven players averaging six or more points.  Getting to the free-throw line is one of the strengths of this team, scoring nearly 25 percent of its points after getting fouled.  Kansas State ranks among the top 30 nationally in four defensive categories, including 14th in field goal percentage defense.

Bettors will likely back the Bears due to the underdog being 10-3 ATS in this series, while the Wildcats are just 8-8 ATS in January the past two-plus seasons.

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