The Baylor Bears got back on track this week covering the spread in OT versus West Virginia on Monday night. Baylor was able to lock up the Big 12 title and do it in a tough situation after a loss and of course a long covid pause to the season. The Bears are the third most efficient offensive team in college basketball. They are led by Jerad Butler, Macio Teague and Davion Mitchell, all average double digits, led by Butler’s 16.9 ppg. Baylor has multiple scorers and thrives from deep. They have been tested twice this week and will be tested again in this matchup.
The Ok State Cowboys are as hot as any time in the country. Sweeping a series with their rivals the Oklahoma Sooners. They are 4-0 ATS in their last four games and are in a prime spot to make a statement leading into the BIG12 tournament. Everyone knows about Cade Cunningham but it is the rest of the young roster that has been stepping up for Ok State. Avery Anderson has put up 16, 15 and 11 over their last three upset victories over Oklahoma (2) and Texas Tech. His ability to penetrate the defense has been a nightmare for opposing defenses that are forced to leave him one on one with the threat of Cade Cunningham looming. The outside shooting of Bryce Williams has also opened up the interior for the OK State slashers like Kalib Boone. The Cowboys consistently attack the interior averaging offensive rebounds at a 31% clip. They are relentless and it usually leads to free throws or tip ins. The Baylor Bears don’t have a lot of weaknesses but they can be exposed on the defensive glass. In their last two games the Bear were outrebounded by 20 versus Kansas and by 5 versus West Virginia.
The first matchup between these two teams saw Baylor was able to pull out the victory over Ok State without Cade Cunningham 81-66. Baylor was leading by just 4 at half before pulling away in the second half. The second half is where you saw how badly the Cowboys were missing Cade Cunningham who thrives downt he stretch of games. The Cowboys with Cunningham are facing a Baylor team that has had two hard fought matchups with Kansas and West Virginia and is in for another one Thursday night. This line seems like it is leaning more on the first matchup rather than the talent on the court. The Cowboys have been great on the road this year going 6-3-1 ATS, they can match the Bears.
Play of the day: Oklahoma StateCowboys +12