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Baylor Bears vs. Texas Longhorns Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/25/14

Texas Longhorns (15-4) at Baylor Bears (13-5)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 1:30 pm (Ferrell Center)

The Line: Baylor Bears -6 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3.com

Storyline: Texas looks for its fifth straight win Saturday against a struggling 24th-ranked Baylor team looking for just its second conference win in six tries.

The Breakdown: The Longhorns are rolling at 4-2 in the conference, lifted to their fourth straight victory Tuesday when junior F Jonathan Holmes hit a three-pointer as time expired to edge Kansas State 67-64. Texas hit 26 of 57 from the field, while limiting the Wildcats to 26 of 61 from the floor and just 4 of 16 from outside the arc. Sophomore G Javan Felix scored 23 points on 9 of 19 shooting and sophomore C Cameron Ridley added 18 points and 6 rebounds. Neither side was able to open up more than a six-point advantage in the second half and the lead changed hands four times leading up to Holmes’ game-winning shot with one second on the clock. On the season, Texas is averaging 77.7 ppg on 44.6 percent shooting. Holmes leads the team with 12.8 ppg, followed by Felix at 12.5 ppg.

Baylor Bears vs. Texas Longhorns Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/25/14

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Meanwhile, Baylor is on its way out of the national rankings after reaching as high #7 in the country, dropping their third straight in a 78-68 loss to 8th-ranked Kansas Monday. The Bears failed to reach 40 percent shooting for the second straight game, allowing the Jayhawks to shoot 57.5 percent from the field, while shooting 39.0 percent from the floor and committing 16 turnovers. Senior G Brady Heslip had a team-high 19 points, including 6 of 9 from distance, and sophomore C Isaiah Austin and senior F Corey Jefferson both chipped in 16 points. Through 18 games, Baylor is averaging 77.2 ppg on 47.5 percent shooting. Jefferson leads the team with 13.2 ppg, followed by junior G Kenny Cherry at 11.4 ppg.

Rick’s Pick: The line in this one is currently set at -6 for Baylor. It’s hard to believe how far the Bears have plummeted. Even with a win here, they’re likely to fall out of the rankings. Of greater importance, though, is putting an end to their three-game slide. They had a chance against Oklahoma, despite a poor shooting night, but just ran into a more talented Kansas team last time out. This is an absolute must, so look for a Baylor cover.

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