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Baylor vs. Kansas - 1/12/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Kansas at Baylor
Date & Time Saturday January 12, 2019, 4:00 PM (EST)
Ferrell Center
Waco, TX
The Line
Kansas Jayhawks -3.5 -- Over/Under: 137.5
TV Channel
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The Kansas Jayhawks and the Baylor Bears meet in Big 12 conference college basketball action from the Ferrell Center on Saturday afternoon.

The Kansas Jayhawks will look to build some momentum after a 77-68 win over TCU in their last outing. Dedric Lawson led Kansas with 31 points on 10 of 19 shooting with a pair of threes, a 9 of 13 mark from the foul line, 14 rebounds and 3 steals for the double-double while Lagerald Vick added 12 points and a team-high 4 assists as the only other player to score in double figures for Kansas in the win. Marcus Garrett added 8 points with a pair of steals and Devon Dotson added 5 points, 3 assists and a pair of steals as well. Lawson leads the Jayhawks by averaging a double-double per game with 19.5 points and 11.3 rebounds per game while Dotson leads Kansas in assists with 2.9 assists per game this season. As a team, Kansas is averaging 79.1 points per game on 47.5% shooting from the field, 33.3% from behind the 3-point line and 68.4% from the foul line this season.

The Baylor Bears will look to build on a 73-70 win over Iowa State in their last outing. Makai Mason led the Bears with 25 points on 8 of 15 shooting with 4 threes while Tristan Clark added 16 points on 6 of 10 shooting and Devonte Bandoo chipped in 13 points on 4 of 5 shooting with 3 threes in just 11 minutes on the floor to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Baylor in the win. Mario Kegler added 7 points and a team-high 10 rebounds while King McClure added 6 points to match his 6 rebounds in the victory. Clark leads the Bears in scoring with 14.6 points per game while McClure leads Baylor in assists with 2.4 helpers per game and Mark Vital leads the Bears on the glass with 7.1 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Baylor is averaging 71.4 points per game on 45.1% shooting from the field, 29.2% from behind the 3-point line and 66.4% from the foul line this season.

Kansas is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 5-1-1 in their last 7 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600. Baylor is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 conference games. Kansas is 10-2 ATS in the last 12 meetings between these two teams at Baylor but just 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings overall. The underdog is 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.

Baylor did something the Jayhawks couldn’t do, and that’s take down Iowa State and given how much success the underdog has had in this matchup, the points are worth a look as Baylor has a good chance at pulling off an upset here. However, I can’t help but feel like Kansas turns things around here. The Jayhawks have lost both of their true road games this season, but the win over TCU, albeit at home, was big for the Jayhawks’ confidence as they’re already without two big pieces in Silvio De Sousa and Udoka Azubuike for the rest of the season. The Ferrell Center has also been kind to Kansas as the Jayhawks have covered in 10 of their last 12 trips to Waco, so while I’m not necessarily a fan of this line, I just feel like laying the points should be the play here.

Kansas -3.5

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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