Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions (1-7) at Baylor Bears (5-0)
College Basketball: Monday, December 21, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Ferrell Center)
The Line: Baylor Bears -42.5 -- Over/Under: 143.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions and the Baylor Bears meet in college basketball action from the Ferrell Center on Monday night.
The Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions will look to pull off the biggest upset in program history, sitting at 1-7 after an 81-56 loss to North Texas last time out. Markedric Bell and Dequan Morris shared the team lead with 14 points, with Bell shooting 6 of 14 with 4 rebounds while Morris shot 7 of 12 from the floor. Jalen Lynn chipped in 11 points on 4 of 5 shooting with 3 threes to cap off the trio of double-digit scorers for UAPB in the loss while Shaun Doss Jr. had 8 points with a team-high 10 rebounds. Doss Jr. leads Arkansas-Pine Bluff in scoring with 15.8 points per game while Bell leads the Golden Lions in rebounding with5.5 rebounds per game and Joshuwan Johnson has a team-high 2.6 assists per game this season. As a team, Arkansas-Pine Bluff is averaging 58.5 points on 35.1% shooting from the field, 30.4% from 3-point range and 72.5% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 86.5 points on 51.3% shooting from the field and 43% from 3-point range this season.
The Baylor Bears will look to stay perfect at 5-0 SU and ATS after a 100-69 win over Kansas State last time out. MaCio Teague led the Bears with 23 points on 8 of 14 shooting with 10 rebounds and 5 threes for the double-double while Davion Mitchell added 20 points on 7 of 12 shooting with 6 threes. Jared Butler had 14 points on 4 for 8 shooting with a pair of threes and a team-high 13 assists for a double-double of his own. Jonathan Tchamwa-Tchatchoua added 13 points on 6 of 10 shooting with a pair of steals to cap off the scoring in double figures for Baylor in the win. Flo Thamba also added a team-high 7 rebounds as well in the victory for the Bears. Teague leads Baylor in scoring with an average of 15.8 points per game while Tchamwa-Tchatchoua leads the Bears in rebounding with 7 rebounds per game and Butler leads Baylor in assists with 6.4 assists per game this season. As a team, Baylor is averaging 92.6 points per game on 52.1% shooting from the field, 46.8% from 3-point range and 66.7% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 64.8 points on 44.7% shooting from the field and 27.5% from 3-point range this season.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games after a double-digit loss of 20+ points while the over is 8-2 in their last 10 games overall. Baylor is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games while the over is 7-2 in their last 9 games overall.
This spread is absolutely bonkers, being asked to lay almost six touchdowns with Baylor… I know, I know, wrong sport. But this is still a giant number and you know what? Baylor’s going to cover it with ease. I’d vouch for Arkansas-Pine Bluff, but this is still a Golden Lions team that’s lost to the likes of North Texas by 25, Northwestern by 43, Saint Louis by a whopping 53 points, almost getting doubled up by giving up 107 points, as well as a 42 point loss to Marquette to start the year. And Baylor is better than all of those teams. And if you were worried about a look-ahead for Baylor with Big 12 play looming, they still play Central Arkansas after Christmas so Baylor’s full focus is on UAPB here. I look for Baylor to have this one nearly wrapped up with a bow by halftime, so I’ll lay the points with the Bears in a rout.