Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. Baylor Bears - 1/27/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Baylor Bears (15-4) at Oklahoma State Cowboys (13-6)
College Basketball: Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 9:00 pm (Gallagher-Iba Arena)
The Line: Oklahoma State Cowboys -2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN News
The Baylor Bears and Oklahoma State Cowboys will face off at Gallagher-Iba Arena this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.
The 20th ranked Baylor Bears improved to 15-4 (3-3 Big 12) on the season after defeating the 19th ranked Oklahoma Sooners 69-58 this past Saturday. Baylor shot 50.0% from the field and held Oklahoma to 25.0% (6-24) shooting from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for Baylor was Lester Medford who had 17 points, 5 assists, and 2 steals. Baylor is currently ranked 16th in the RPI Standings and has played the 31st ranked SOS. On the season the Bears have been led by Taurean Prince (12.2 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.2 spg) and Kenny Chery (11.4 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.9 apg). Offensively, Baylor is averaging 69.3 ppg (ranked 133rd) on 42.6% shooting (ranked 224th). The Bears average 14.9 apg (ranked 44th) and pull down 16.05 offensive rpg (ranked 3rd). Baylor is holding their opponents to an average of 57.8 ppg (ranked 19th) on 39.0% shooting (ranked 41st). The Bears are holding their opponents to 29.3% shooting from beyond the arc (ranked 23rd) and have a rebound margin of 10.8 (ranked 3rd).
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The Oklahoma State Cowboys dropped to 13-6 (3-4 Big 12) on the season after being defeated by the Kansas State Wildcats 63-53 this past Saturday. Oklahoma State allowed Kansas to shoot 57.1% from the field and only shot 21.4% (3-14) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Cowboys was Phil Forte III who had 22 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists. Oklahoma State is ranked 34th in the RPI Standings and has played the 42nd ranked SOS. On the season, the Cowboys have been led by Phil Forte III (17.5 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.3 spg) and Le’Bryan Nash (17.3 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.9 apg). Offensively, Oklahoma State is averaging 69.1 ppg (ranked 135th) on 44.2% shooting (ranked 130th). The Cowboys average 7.1 three-pointers per game (ranked 96th) and shot 71.5% from the free-throw line (ranked 88th). Oklahoma State is holding their opponents to an average of 59.7 ppg (ranked 35th). The Cowboys average 8.5 spg (ranked 16th) and pull down 25.63 defensive rpg (ranked 73rd).
The Bears are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. win. The Cowboys are 10-3-1 ATS in their last 14 Tuesday games and 60-29-4 ATS in their last 93 home games.
Oklahoma State has dropped 3 of their last 4 however, have been a very strong home team this season. Baylor has played well as of late and has really gotten it done on the defensive end. Baylor has been great on the boards, however, I think Nash and Forte III will extend Baylor's defensive and cause trouble for the Bears. Oklahoma State needs a conference win and I think they’ll come out of this one with a convincing win at home. Take Oklahoma State to cover this small spread.