Baylor Bears vs. Kansas Jayhawks Pick-Odds-Predictionr 2/4/14
Kansas Jayhawks (16-5) at Baylor Bears (14-7)
College Basketball: Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Ferrell Center)
The Line: Baylor Bears +2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Storyline: 8th-ranked Kansas looks to bounce back from its first conference loss of the season, while Baylor hopes to build on just its second Big 12 victory in eight tries when the two meet up in Waco Tuesday.
The Breakdown: The Jayhawks dropped to 7-1 in the conference, but remained in first place after suffering their first Big 12 defeat of the season Saturday at Texas 81-69. Kansas also saw its streak of four consecutive games shooting better than 50 percent from the floor snapped, as the Longhorns stifled them to 38.5 percent from the field and 6 of 14 from distance. The Jayhawks also conceded a 44-37 advantage on the boards and committed 12 turnovers, while allowing the Longhorns to connect on 42.9 percent from the floor. Freshman G Wayne Selden, Jr. scored a team-high 21 points on 8 of 16 shooting, sophomore F Perry Ellis had 11 points and freshman C Joel Embiid added 8 points and 10 rebounds. On the season, the Jayhawks are averaging 79.7 ppg on 50.3 percent shooting. Freshman G Andrew Wiggins leads the team with 16.0 ppg, followed by Ellis at 13.1 ppg.
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Baylor, meanwhile, won its first game in three weeks Saturday in a stunning 76-70 victory over Oklahoma State, improving to 2-6 for 9th place in the conference . The Bears rose from the dead to shoot 51.9 percent from the floor—their highest since the start of league play—and 47.8 percent from outside the arc to the Cowboys’ 46.0 percent from the field and 6 of 21 from distance. Baylor also came away with a 32-26 rebounding advantage and forced 14 turnovers. Senior G Brady Heslip scored a season-high 20 points, including 6 of 13 from downtown, sophomore F Rico Gathers had 14 points off the bench, and senior F Corey Jefferson added 11 points and 13 rebounds. Through 21 games, the Bears are averaging 75.7 ppg on 46.9 percent shooting. Jefferson leads the team with 12.5 ppg, followed by Heslip at 11.3 ppg.
Rick’s Pick: The line in this matchup is currently set at -2 for Kansas. This should prove to be a fairly accurate barometer for whether Baylor is truly back from the grave or they’ve still got one foot in. Wiggins and company had a bad game against Texas, but two in a row is highly unlikely. Look for Kansas to bounce back for the cover.
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