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Baylor Bears vs. Yale Bulldogs - 3/17/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Yale Bulldogs (22-6) vs. Baylor Bears (22-11)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 17, 2016 at 2:30 pm (Dunkin Donuts Center)

The Line: Baylor Bears -5.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: CBS

The Baylor Bears will play the Yale Bulldogs in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday.

The Yale Bulldogs were 22-6 (13-1) and are the #12 seed in the West Region. Yale finished the season first in the Ivy League standings, with their only loss coming against Princeton by a score of 75-63. Yale finished the regular season by winning their last 5 games and is coming off of a win against Columbia by a score of 71-55. Yale is averaging 75.2 points per game while giving up 63.1 points per game. Yale is also averaging 40.4 rebounds per game and 15.2 assists per game. Makai Mason is averaging 15.8 points per game and 3.7 assists per game for Yale. Justin Sears is averaging 15.8 points per game and 7.5 rebounds per game for the Bulldogs. Yale is shooting 66.3% on free throws, 37.4% on three-pointers, and 47.1% on all field goal attempts.

Baylor Bears vs. Yale Bulldogs - 3/17/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Baylor Bears were 22-11 (10-8) and are the #5 seed in the West Region. Baylor lost in the semi-finals of the Big 12 tournament against Kansas by a score of 70-66. Baylor defeated Texas in the first round of the conference tournament by a score of 75-61. Before the conference tournament, Baylor finished the regular season by losing 3 of their last 4 games. Baylor is averaging 77.2 points per game while giving up 69.3 points per game. Baylor is also averaging 37.4 rebounds per game and 17.8 assists per game. Taurean Prince is averaging 15.5 points per game and 6.1 rebounds per game for Baylor. Al Freeman is averaging 11.5 points per game and 3.4 rebounds per game for the Bears. Baylor is shooting 72.7% on free throws, 36.7% on three-pointers, and 46.7% on all field goal attempts.

Yale is 6-0 ATS in their last 6 neutral site games. Yale is 9-3-1 ATS in their last 13 games. The under is 7-2 in Yale’s last 9 neutral site games. Baylor is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games. Baylor is 1-8 ATS in their last 9 non-conference games. The under is 4-0 in Baylor’s last 4 games.

Baylor comes into this game as the #5 seed, but will be on upset alert against a good Yale team. Yale plays very tight defense, only giving up about 63 points per game. Baylor is the higher scoring team, while Yale is averaging more rebounds per game than Baylor. Both teams are similar in shooting percentage, while Baylor is the better free throw shooting team. I like Baylor in this game. 

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Baylor Bears -5.5

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