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BYU vs Baylor Basketball Picks 2-20-24

Baylor Bears (19-6) vs. BYU Cougars (18-7)
February 20, 2024 9:00 pm EDT
The Line: BYU Cougars -3.5; Over/Under: +155.5
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The Baylor Bears will play the BYU Cougars in a Big 12 game on Tuesday night at the Marriott Center in Provo, Utah. Baylor has won five of their last six games, while BYU has won two of their last three. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the Baylor vs BYU prediction.

Baylor Preview

The Baylor Bears are 19-6 (8-4) this season after they defeated West Virginia by a score of 94-81 in their last game. Baylor led 42-34 at halftime and they scored 52 second half points in the win. The Bears shot 53.6% from the field and made 12 three pointers in the game. Baylor defeated Oklahoma by a score of 79-62 in the game prior to West Virginia, but lost to Kansas before that. The Bears are scoring 83 points per game with 35.1 rebounds per game and 15.7 assists per game, while allowing 70.7 points against per game this year. Ja’Kobe Walter is averaging 14.5 points per game, 4.5 rebounds per game, and 1.7 assists per game. Baylor is shooting 49.3% from the field, 72.7% on free throws, and 40.1% on three pointers this season.

BYU Preview

The BYU Cougars are 18-7 (6-6) this year after they lost to Oklahoma State by a score of 93-83 in their last game. BYU trailed 49-34 at the half, but they did score 49 points in the second half in the loss. The Cougars shot 43.7% from the field and were +6 in rebounding margin in the game. BYU defeated UCF by a score of 90-88 and Kansas State by a score of 72-66 in the two games prior to Oklahoma State. The Cougars are scoring 83.4 points per game with 40.1 rebounds per game and 19.1 assists per game, while giving up 68.6 points against per game this season. Jaxson Robinson is averaging 13.8 points per game, 2.5 rebounds per game, and 1.6 assists per game. BYU is shooting 47% from the field, 74% on free throws, and 35.5% on three pointers this year. BYU will face Kansas State, Kansas, and TCU after this one.

Baylor vs BYU Betting Prediction

Baylor rolls into this game playing very well recently and they are currently third in the Big 12 standings, but they are a small underdog on the road here. The Bears are shooting 49.3% from the field, but both teams are scoring about 83 points per game. The Cougars are coming off of a bad loss against Oklahoma State in their last game, but they do play their best basketball at home. Baylor defeated BYU by a score of 81-72 in the first meeting earlier this season, but three of Baylor’s conference losses have come on the road. Baylor is the better team in this matchup, but this is going to be an extremely tough environment to play in. I think either team could win this game, so I am going to take the points with Baylor. 

David Racey's Free Pick: Baylor +3.5

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David Racey

David started writing about sports in 2015, but sports has been his passion for as long as he can remember. David spends most of his free time watching pretty much anything sports related from Baseball to Tennis and everything in between. David likes to analyze statistics and recent results to form an unbiased opinion on whatever game he is breaking down. Follow David on Twitter at @itsyerboi41

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