Baylor vs. Oklahoma State - 2/8/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Oklahoma State Cowboys (11-11) at Baylor Bears (20-1)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 6:00 pm (Ferrell Center)
The Line: Baylor Bears -13.5 -- Over/Under: 129.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Oklahoma State Cowboys will travel to the Farrell Center to take on the top-ranked Baylor Bears this Saturday night in College Basketball action.
The Oklahoma State Cowboys won their last game and improved to 11-11 (1-8 Big 12) on the season after defeating the TCU Horned Frogs 72-57 this past Tuesday. Oklahoma State took a 36-30 lead into halftime and had no trouble securing the victory after taking a 59-45 lead with 6:33 remaining in regulation. Oklahoma State shot 42.9% from the field and 33.3% from the three-point line. Leading the way for the Cowboys was Isaac Likekele who managed a double-double with 15 points, 11 assists, 6 rebounds and two blocks.
On the season, Oklahoma State is averaging 67.0 ppg on 40.7% shooting from the field. The Cowboys are also averaging 6.4 three-pointers per game on 30.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, the Cowboys have been led by Isaac Likekele (11.6 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 4.6 apg), Lindy Waters III (11.3 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 2.4 apg) and Cameron McGriff (10.5 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.3 apg).
Defensively, Oklahoma State is allowing their opponents to average 65.5 points per game on 39.8% shooting from the field. The Cowboys have a rebound margin of -0.3 and a turnover margin of 2.0.
The top-ranked Baylor Bears are riding an impressive 19 game winning streak and improved to 20-1 (9-0 Big 12) on the season after defeating the Kansas State Wildcats 73-67 this past Monday. Baylor led throughout the game and pulled away for the victory after taking a 60-45 lead with just 6:54 left in regulation. Baylor shot 50.0% from the field and 40.9% from the three-point line in the victory. Leading the way for the Bears was Jared Butler who had 20 points, 3 steals, a rebound and an assist.
On the season, Baylor is averaging 72.2 points per game on 43.2% shooting from the field. The Bears are also averaging 7.8 three-pointers per game on 35.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Baylor has been led by Jared Butler (15.3 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.9 apg), MaCio Teague (14.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 2.1 apg) and Freddie Gillespie (10.0 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 2.3 bpg).
Defensively, Baylor comes in at 5th in the nation, holding their opponents to 58.4 points per game on 38.4% shooting from the field. The Bears have a rebound margin of 6.0 and a turnover margin of 3.0.
The Cowboys are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following an ATS win and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600. The Baylor Bears are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss and 7-0 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games.
Oklahoma State has lost 8 of their last 10 games and although their defense has been solid this season, ranking T-82nd in scoring defense, the Cowboys have really struggled offensively as they come into this game ranked just 286th in scoring offense & 316th in FG%.
Baylor has become the best team in the nation behind an outstanding defense that ranks 5th in scoring defense, 19th in defensive FG%, and 33rd in rebound margin.
This is a huge spread, however, Baylor is a perfect 10-0 at home this season and as I just don’t see Oklahoma State’s offense finding any success on the road in this one, I’m taking Baylor to cover this double-digit spread. Good Luck!