Baylor vs. Texas - 2/1/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Texas Longhorns (14-7) at Baylor Bears (17-4)
College Basketball: Monday, February 1, 2016 at 9:00 pm (Ferrell Center)
The Line: Baylor Bears -6.5 -- Over/Under: 139.5 See the Latest Odds
The Texas Longhorns will travel to the Ferrell Center to take on the 17th ranked Baylor Bears this Monday night in College Basketball action.
The Texas Longhorns won their 2nd consecutive game and improved to 14-7 (5-3 Big 12) on the season after defeating the Vanderbilt Commodores, 72-58, this past Saturday. Texas used a strong defensive effort to hold Vanderbilt to just 16 1st half points and pretty much held a double-digit lead throughout the 2nd half in the victory. Texas shot 41.4% from the field and 76.9% (20-26) from the FT line. The Longhorns outrebounded the Commodores by a 37-29 margin and won the turnover battle by a 13-6 margin. Leading the way for the Longhorns was Kerwin Roach Jr who had a double-double with 15 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists, and 4 steals from off the bench. On the season, the Longhorns have been led by Isaiah Taylor (15.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 4.8 apg), Cameron Ridley (12.7 ppg, 10.0 rpg, 3.4 bpg), and Javan Felix (10.6 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 2.0 apg). Offensively, Texas is averaging 73.2 ppg on 43.5% shooting from the field and 33.5% shooting from beyond the arc. The Longhorns average 7.2 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.09. Defensively, Texas is holding their opponents to an average of 67.2 ppg on 39.9% shooting. The Longhorns average 5.2 steals per game and have a turnover margin of 2.6.
USA TODAY Sports
The 17th ranked Baylor Bears won their 2nd straight game and improved to 17-4 (6-2 Big 12) on the season after defeating the Georgia Bulldogs, 83-73, this past Saturday. Baylor used a 17-2 run early in the 2nd half to overcome a 35-32 deficit at halftime and get the victory. Baylor shot 45.3% from the field and 41.2% (7-17) from beyond the arc. The Bears allowed the Bulldogs to shoot 50.0% from the field and outrebounded Georgia by a 34-28 margin. Leading the way for Baylor was Rico Gathers who had 17 points, 9 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 assist, and a block. On the season, the Bears have been led by Taurean Prince (15.0 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.6 spg), Rico Gathers (12.7 ppg, 10.5 rpg, 1.0 spg), and Al Freeman (12.2 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.9 apg). Offensively, Baylor is averaging 79.7 ppg on 47.8% shooting from the field and 36.4% shooting from beyond the arc. The Bears average 6.2 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.59. Defensively, Baylor is holding their opponents to an average of 67.2 ppg on 43.4% shooting. The Bears average 8.6 steals per game and have a turnover margin of 1.7.
The Longhorns are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Big 12 opponents. The Bears are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 home games and 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
Texas has really been playing well over the past few weeks and although they are still without Cameron Ridley, they have been able to pick big wins against Iowa State and West Virginia with strong defensive efforts. Baylor has been one of the better all-around teams in the country this season and has an impressive 14-1 record at home this season. Baylor should have a decent size advantage over the Longhorns in this one, however, Shaka Smart really has the Longhorns playing well as of late and as Texas has already shown they can go on the road and get big wins, I think Texas will keep this one close and cover with the points. Take Texas and the points!