Baylor Bears vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys Pick-Odds-Prediction 2/17/14
Oklahoma State Cowboys (16-9) at Baylor Bears (16-9)
College Basketball: Monday, February 17, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Ferrell Center)
The Line: Baylor Bears -5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN U
Storyline: Oklahoma State hopes to halt a six-game slide when they take the road to square off with Baylor Monday.
The Breakdown: The Cowboys are careening out of control as they prepare to take the court one last time without suspended All-American Marcus Smart. Ok State has now lost six consecutive, dropping to 4-8 and 8th place in the conference after suffering a narrow 77-74 home loss to Oklahoma Saturday. The Cowboys shot 46.7 percent from the floor and 40.0 percent from outside the arc to the Sooners’ 40.3 percent from the field and 41.4 percent from distance. Ok State finished with a slim 41-39 advantage on the boards, but struggled from the free throw line, converting just 12 of 22. Senior G Markel Brown scored a game-high 26 points and grabbed 9 rebounds, sophomore G Phil Forte had 16 points, including 3 of 6 from downtown, and junior F Le’Bryan Nash added 15 points and 10 rebounds. Through 25 games, the Cowboys are averaging 81.9 ppg on 47.2 percent shooting. Smart leads the team with 17.5 ppg, followed by Brown at 17.0 ppg.
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Meanwhile, Baylor improved to 4-8 and sits in a tie with Oklahoma State for 8th place in the conference after scoring an 87-73 double overtime victory over Kansas State Saturday. The win was the Bears’ second straight and snapped their longest home losing streak in almost a decade. Baylor outshot the Wildcats from the floor 42.9 percent to 38.4 percent and from outside the arc 24.0 percent to 22.0 percent and dominated the boards 54-40. The Bears also converted 21 of 31 from the free throw line. Senior F Corey Jefferson had a game-high 21 points and 11 rebounds, junior G Kenny Cherry had 20 points and 10 boards, and sophomore C Isaiah Austin added 18 points, 9 blocks and 7 rebounds. On the season, Baylor is averaging 75.6 ppg on 46.1 percent shooting. Jefferson leads the team with 12.6 ppg, followed by senior G Brady Heslip at 11.7 ppg.
Rick’s Pick: The line in this one is currently set at -5 for Baylor. Ok State escaped the Bears 76-70 last time around and Smart’s 15 points, 7 boards, and 6 assists were a big reason why. His absence clearly has a lot to do with Ok State’s last two losses, evidenced by 10 plus points per game less in the two games without him in the lineup. Look for that trend to continue here in a Baylor cover.