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Two teams riding a surge of momentum into the home stretch
of the Big 12 season hope to stay hot when No. 19 Baylor hosts Oklahoma
State on Monday. The Bears have won three straight and five of their
last six and are coming off an 87-69 win at No. 12 West Virginia on
Saturday. Oklahoma State has won three of the last five meetings,
including a 64-53 victory in Stillwater on Jan. 27, and is trying to
complete its first regular-season sweep of the Bears since 2006.
The Cowboys, who are trying to stay afloat in the middle
of the Big 12 pack and build their NCAA Tournament resumes, picked up a
pair of huge wins at home last week, knocking off Texas and No. 9
Kansas. “For the last week our mentality has been play the next play,
move on and don’t worry about a call,” Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford
told reporters. “Don’t worry about if you missed a shot. Don’t worry
about if you turn it over. Move on.” Baylor is 13-1 at home, the only
defeat a 56-55 loss to Kansas on Jan. 7.
TV: 7 p.m. ET, ESPNU
WHAT BOOKS SAY: “We have had Monday college lines up just under an hour (opened at 3 p.m. ET) and got sharp bet on Baylor -5.5, so moved the Bears to our current number of -6.” – Mike Jerome of TopBet.eu.
ABOUT OKLAHOMA STATE (16-7, 6-5 Big 12): The
Cowboys boast one of the top offensive duos in the Big 12 in guard Phil
Forte (17 points) and forward Le’Bryan Nash (16.9 points, 5.6 rebounds).
Nash has scored in double figures in all 22 games he has played this
season, while Forte has hit double digits in 22 of 23 contests. The
Cowboys rely on their defense to produce some of their offense, as
they’ve recorded at least five steals in 21 of their 23 games and
averaged 10.3 steals over their past four contests.
ABOUT BAYLOR (18-5, 6-4): The Bears dominate the
glass with a 10.1 rebound margin and a whopping 15.7 offensive boards
per game, both of which rank in the top five nationally. They also get
balanced scoring with forward Taurean Prince (12.3 points, 5.6 rebounds)
and guard Kenny Chery (11.8 points, 4.1 assists) leading a group of
four players who average double figures and six who average at least 8.3
points. Power forward Rico Gathers (11 points, 12.5 rebounds) leads
Baylor’s formidable frontcourt, which should have an advantage inside
against the Cowboys.
*Under is 5-1 in the Cowboys’ last six overall
*Home team is 13-3-1 ATS in their last 17 meetings
*Cowboys are 1-4-1 ATS in their last six matchups
*Bears are 4-1-1 ATS in their last six games
COVERS CONSENSUS: According to Covers Consensus, 59 percent of bets are on the Bears.