Baylor vs. Kansas - 2/23/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Kansas Jayhawks (23-4) at Baylor Bears (20-7)
College Basketball: Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Ferrell Center)
The Line: Baylor Bears +1.5 -- Over/Under: 152 See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 2
The 2nd ranked Kansas Jayhawks will travel to the Ferrell Center to take on the 19th ranked Baylor Bears this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.
The 2nd ranked Kansas Jayhawks won their 7th straight game and improved to 23-4 (11-3 Big 12) on the season after defeating the Kansas State Wildcats, 72-63, this past Saturday. Kansas was able to build a 39-29 halftime lead and although the Wildcats made it just a three-point game with just under two minutes left, Kansas was able to hang on and maintain their 2 game lead in the Big 12 standings. Kansas was solid on the offensive end as they shot 50.0% from the field and outrebounded Kansas State by a 33-29 margin. The Jayhawks held the Wildcats to 37.7% shooting from the field and 31.3% (5-16) shooting from beyond the arc. Leading the way for Kansas was Frank Mason III who had 16 points, 5 assists, and 2 steals. On the season, the Jayhawks have been led by Perry Ellis (16.5 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.3 apg), Wayne Selden Jr. (14.1 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.5 apg), and Frank Mason III (13.3 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 4.6 apg, 1.4 spg). Offensively, Kansas is averaging 82.7 ppg on 49.0% shooting from the field and 42.3% shooting from beyond the arc. The Jayhawks average 8.4 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.28. Defensively, Kansas is holding their opponents to an average of 68.6 ppg on 40.2% shooting. The Jayhawks have a rebound margin of 5.7 and a turnover margin of 1.3.
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The Baylor Bears won their 2nd consecutive game and improved to 20-7 (9-5 Big 12) on the season after defeating the Texas Longhorns, 78-64, this past Saturday. Baylor jumped all over Texas early in this one and had no trouble getting the victory after taking a 40-22 halftime lead. Baylor was outstanding on the offensive side of the ball as they shot 62.7% from the field and outrebounded Texas by a 27-20 margin. The Bears held the Longhorns to 41.5% shooting from the field and 22.2% (4-18) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for Baylor was Johnathan Motley who had 24 points, 4 rebounds, 2 blocks, and a steal. On the season, the Bears have been led by Taurean Prince (15.1 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.4 spg), Rico Gathers (12.2 ppg, 10.0 rpg, 1.0 spg), and Al Freeman (11.6 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.8 apg). Offensively, Baylor is averaging 78.9 ppg on 47.6% shooting from the field and 37.0% shooting from beyond the arc. The Bears average 6.1 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.52. Defensively, Baylor is holding their opponents to an average of 69.4 ppg on 44.5% shooting. The Bears have a rebound margin of 8.4 and average 8.3 steals per game.
The Jayhawks are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up win and 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Bears are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 home games vs. a team with a winning road record and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games.
Kansas once again is in complete control of the Big 12 conference and has been outstanding on the defensive end as of late as they’ve held their opponents to just 64.6 ppg over their last five games. Baylor was able to follow up their big win at home against Iowa State with even a more impressive road victory against a much improved Texas Longhorns team. Kansas has played well as of late but is actually just 5-3 on the road this season and as Baylor has the size and scoring to be able to keep up with Kansas, I think Johnathan Motley and the Bears keep rolling and upset the Jayhawks at home. Take Baylor to win outright.