Baylor vs. Oral Roberts - 11/11/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oral Roberts Golden Eagles (14-17) at Baylor Bears (22-12)
College Basketball: Friday, November 11, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Ferrell Center)
The Line: Baylor Bears -18.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Oral Roberts Golden Eagles and Baylor Bears open the 2016-17 college basketball season Friday night at the Ferrell Center on ESPNU.
The Oral Roberts Golden Eagles hope to bounce back after a 14-17 record and return coach Scott Sutton for an 18th season. Albert Owens returns after averaging 10.3 points and 5.2 rebounds while Jalen Bradley averaged 8.5 points and two assists. Kris Martin grabbed 2.6 rebounds per game and Aaron Young dished 1.4 assists per game. Oral Roberts will have the huge task of replacing Obi Emegano, who averaged 23 points last season and was the heart and soul of the Golden Eagles. And while that’s going to take time, Oral Roberts did build some depth last season and has a roster that includes six upperclassmen. Don’t count out the Golden Eagles just yet in the Summit League. The Oral Roberts Golden Eagles have lost four straight road games.
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The Baylor Bears won 22 games last season and hope to return to the NCAA Tournament for a fourth straight season. Al Freeman returns after averaging 11.3 points and 3.4 rebounds while Johnathan Motley averaged 11.1 points and 5.1 rebounds. Terry Maston averaged 6.1 points per game and Ishmail Wainright dished 2.6 assists per game. Baylor lost its two workhorses in Taurean Prince and Rico Gathers, so the toughness and go-to players will need to be found elsewhere. Manu Lecomte is going to be a nice addition after transferring from Miami and Wendell Mitchell is a 3-star recruit capable of providing a spark. Baylor is once again a dark horse in the Big 12. The Baylor Bears have lost five of their last seven home games.
The Golden Eagles are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Big 12. The Bears are 1-9 ATS in their last 10 non-conference games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Friday games. The under is 4-1 in Bears last 5 overall and under is 5-1 in Golden Eagles last 6 overall.
I can't lay this type of number with Baylor after it lost the two guys who set the tone last season. The Baylor Bears have to show and prove before I start laying these type of numbers. The Oral Roberts Golden Eagles are an expereinced basketball team and has the ability to hang around in this game if they can take care of the ball. This is just too many points to lay with a team that lost argubaly its top two players from last season.