The Baylor Bears and Kansas Jayhawks battle for the Big 12 conference lead at Allen Fieldhouse on Wednesday. If the Bears want to prove they’re the best team in the nation, they will need to finally beat Kansas. The Bears have lost eight straight against the Jayhawks while covering just once in that span.
– Shark Bites
- The total has gone UNDER in 6 of the past 7 games between Baylor and Kansas.
- Kansas is 20-1 SU in its last 21 games against the Big 12.
- Baylor is 7-2 SU and ATS in its last 9 games on the road.
Since allowing 89 points in its lone loss to West Virginia this season, Baylor has held opponents to 64.2 points while averaging 8.8 more rebounds than opponents. Of course, you can’t talk about Baylor without talking about Johnathan Motley. Motley has proven himself to be one of the most versatile players in the nation with the agile big man averaging 16.2 points and a Big 12-leading 9.6 rebounds. Expect the junior to see plenty of action with Kansas sporting little frontcourt depth.
Kansas is coming off a come-from-behind victory over Kentucky in its last outing that saw the team shake off a tough start. The Jayhawks came out for the second half down 32-27 but then shot 59 percent from the floor, including five of 11 from deep in the second stanza. Baylor’s potent defense will have its hands full when it comes to limiting Josh Jackson, as the freshman has scored 42 points with 14 rebounds while shooting 66.7 percent from beyond the arc in the past two.
Opening Odds & Computer Pick
On the opening NCAA basketball betting line for this matchup, Kansas sat as -6.5-point favorites over at MyBookie. Also, check out the current over/under betting total for points scored, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline
Baylor Bears vs Kansas Jayhawks Matchup
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
The Baylor Bears will try to spoil to the party and cover the point spread on Wednesday; they are 9-9 ATS against the betting line this season, while the Kansas Jayhawks are 7-12 ATS. Baylor Bears are 9-9 on betting the total; Kansas Jayhawks are 8-11.
The Power Rankings at Odds – Shark show No. 40-rated Baylor Bears taking on the No. 50-rated Kansas Jayhawks in this contest.
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Kansas’s No. 18-rated squad against Baylor’s No. 62-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Kansas rates No. 50 in the country with 8.76 per game, while their foes tonight, the Baylor Bears rank No. 196 nationally with 6.57 per match.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
Manu Lecomte scored 17 points leading the Bears to a 78-75 victory over Mississippi at The Pavilion at Ole Miss on Saturday.
Kentucky was victimized for 20 points and 20 rebounds by Josh Jackson as the Jayhawks bested the Wildcats 79-73 in college basketball action on Saturday.
- Baylor is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games
- Baylor is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Baylor’s last 6 games
- Baylor is 10-2 ATS in its last 12 games on the road
- Kansas is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games
- Kansas is 19-1 SU in its last 20 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Kansas’s last 5 games
- Kansas is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home
Next Betting Matchups
Baylor home to Kansas State, Saturday, February 4th
Kansas at Iowa State, Saturday, February 4th