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Kansas State vs. Baylor - 3/3/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Baylor Bears (18-12) at Kansas State Wildcats (20-10)

College Basketball: Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 2:00 pm (Bramlage Coliseum)

The Line: Kansas State Wildcats -2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

The Baylor Bears will travel to Bramlage Coliseum to take on the Kansas State Wildcats this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The Baylor Bears snapped their 2-game losing streak and improved to 18-12 (8-9 Big 12) on the season after defeating the Oklahoma Sooners, 87-64, this past Tuesday. Baylor was outstanding on the defensive end against the high-scoring Oklahoma offense and had no trouble securing the victory after taking a 39-19 halftime lead. Baylor held Oklahoma to just 37.7% shooting from the field and 23.1% (6-26) from beyond the arc in the win. Leading the way for the Bears was Jo Lual-Acuil Jr who had a double-double with 17 points, 11 rebounds, 2 blocks, and 2 steals. On the season, Baylor is averaging 76.0 ppg on 46.8% shooting from the field. The Bears are averaging 6.4 three-pointers per game on 35.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Baylor has been led by Manu Lecomte (16.0 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 3.6 apg), Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. (14.7 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 1.9 bpg), Terry Maston (10.8 ppg, 5.7 rpg), and Nuni Omot (9.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.7 apg). Defensively, Baylor is holding their opponents to an average of 69.2 ppg on 41.2% shooting from the field. The Bears have a rebound margin of 6.5 and a turnover margin of -1.6.

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Kansas State vs. Baylor - 3/3/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Kansas State Wildcats lost their 2nd consecutive game and dropped to 20-10 (9-8 Big 12) on the season after being defeated by the TCU Horned Frogs, 66-59, this past Tuesday. Kansas State struggled protecting the basketball and couldn’t fight back after a 9-0 Horned Frogs run gave TCU a 64-56 lead with just 0:43 seconds left in regulation. Kansas State shot 47.2% from the field however, did commit 19 turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Wildcats was Dean Wade who had 24 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 block, and 2 steals. On the season, Kansas State is averaging 72.6 ppg on 47.1% shooting from the field. The Wildcats are averaging 7.3 three-pointers per game on 35.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Kansas State has been led by Barry Brown (16.6 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.9 spg), Dean Wade (16.4 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.5 spg), Xavier Sneed (11.0 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.6 spg), and Kamau Stokes (9.8 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 3.8 apg, 1.0 spg). Defensively, Kansas State is holding their opponents to an average of 67.5 ppg on 42.6% shooting from the field. The Wildcats have a rebound margin of -3.2 and a turnover margin of 2.9.

The Bears are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games vs. Big-12 opponents. The Wildcats are 4-9-1 ATS in their last home games vs. a team with a losing road record and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games.

Baylor has won 6 of their last 8 games and has been solid on both ends of the court as the Bears currently rank T-111th in scoring offense, 79th in FG%, 96th in scoring defense, and 43rd in defensive FG%. Kansas State has won just 3 of their last 6 games and has been led by their defense that ranks 54th in scoring defense and 93rd in defensive FG%. This is an important game for both teams and their NCAA chances, however, between the fact that Kansas State won the first matchup at Baylor by a 90-83 margin and that the Wildcats are 13-3 at home this season, I think Kansas State does enough to cover this small spread.

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