The Baylor Bears and the Oregon State Beavers meet Wednesday in college basketball action from Barclays Center. Baylor is rolling along nicely at 4-0 so far this year and coming off a blowout win over Kansas City. As for Oregon State, they’re 3-1 on the season. The Beavers took their first loss of the year versus Nebraska on Saturday. Have a look at our Baylor vs Oregon State Prediction.
The Bears opened up the year with a solid win over Auburn 88-82, which was their closest outcome so far. Baylor followed that up with a 96-70 win over John Brown and a 77-62 win versus Gardner-Webb. The Bears shot a solid 44.8 percent from the field in the win over the Bulldogs but also came up empty from 3-point range on an 0-for-9 clip.
In their latest matchup last Tuesday versus Kansas City, the Bears jumped out to a 51-33 lead going into the second half. Baylor followed up with 48 more points and won easily 99-61. Tops in scoring was Jayden Nunn with 25 points and four assists. Ja’Kobe Walter added 23 points with four rebounds as well.
Oregon State Beavers
Over on the Beavers’ side, they got off to a nice start with three straight wins. Oregon State took out Linfield 82-46, then eked out a victory over Troy 81-80. Game three was another win, this time 81-71 versus App State. The Beavers shot 40.6 percent from the field and 38.2 percent fro 3-point range versus the Mountaineers.
Oregon State hit the wall versus Nebraska on Saturday and took their first loss of the year. The Beavers were down big 44-24 going into the second half and didn’t end up getting any closer in an 84-63 loss. Jordan Pope led the team on 25 points, and Tyler Bilodeau bagged 15 points with seven boards in 33 minutes of work.
ANDREW’S FREE OREGON STATE VS BAYLOR PREDICTION
I’ll probably just stay with Baylor in this one. The Bears haven’t shown a ton of weaknesses so far, and they’re coming off a stellar shooting effort versus Kansas City. Baylor hit a 57.4 percent clip from the field in that one with 56.5 percent (13-for-23) from 3-point range in the blowout win. If there’s a drawback here, it’s that Baylor hasn’t played in over a week and may be a little rusty initially.
As for Oregon State, they were outmuscled 44-31 on the boards in their loss to Nebraska and shot a tepid 35.2 percent from the field. This game is going to be another tough matchup, and I don’t think the Beavers will quite keep a cover pace.