Oklahoma vs. Baylor - 1/3/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Baylor Bears (11-1) at Oklahoma Sooners (9-3)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 3, 2015 at 2:00 pm (Lloyd Noble Center)
The Line: Oklahoma Sooners -8 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Baylor Bears and Oklahoma Sooners play Saturday afternoon at the Lloyd Noble Center.
The Baylor Bears have won six straight games and play their third true road game. On the season, Baylor is averaging 70.6 points on 44.6 percent shooting and is allowing 54.7 points on 37.5 percent shooting. Taurean Prince is averaging 11.5 points and 5.4 rebounds while Royce O'Neale is averaging 10.8 points and 6.5 rebounds. Rico Gathers is the third player averaging double-digit points and Kenny Chery is averaging 4.4 assists. The Baylor Bears continue to turn to their rebounding and defense, as they’re averaging close to 42 boards per game and are allowing teams to shoot 26.9 percent from beyond the arc. Offensively, Baylor is shooting 63.2 percent from the free throw line and 37.6 percent from deep. Baylor is 2-0 SU on the road with both wins coming against the SEC.
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The Oklahoma Sooners have won five of their last six games and are playing their fourth ranked team. On the season, Oklahoma is averaging 74 points on 44.8 percent shooting and is allowing 59.4 points on 36 percent shooting. Buddy Hield is averaging 15.7 points and five rebounds while Isaiah Cousins is averaging 13 points and 6.2 rebounds. TaShawn Thomas is shooting 59.6 percent from the field and Ryan Spangler is grabbing 8.4 rebounds. The Oklahoma Sooners are also a great rebounding team that’s grabbing more than 40 boards per game. Offensively, Oklahoma is shooting 32.9 percent from deep and has four players averaging double-digit points. Defensively, OU has allowed no more than 69 points in all 12 games this season.
The Bears are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games and 15-6-1 ATS in their last 22 games overall. The Sooners are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 home games vs. a team with a winning road record. The Bears are 8-22-2 ATS in the last 32 meetings.
While Oklahoma is the better team, Baylor always puts up a fight and usually never gets blown out. The Bears have a decent shot of winning this game outright if everybody shows up. Expect a hard fought game here.