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Baylor vs. Kansas State - 2/9/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Kansas State at Baylor
Date & Time Saturday February 9, 2019, 6:00 PM (EST)
Location
Ferrell Center
Waco, TX
The Line
Baylor Bears -3 -- Over/Under: 125.5
TV Channel
ESPN2
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NCAA BB | Kansas State at Baylor
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The Kansas State Wildcats and the Baylor Bears meet in Big 12 college basketball action from the Ferrell Center on Saturday night.

The Kansas State Wildcats come into this game winners of 7 of their last 8 games following a 74-67 win over Kansas in their last outing. Barry Brown Jr. led the Wildcats with 18 points along with a share of the team-high with 5 assists with a pair of steals while Xavier Sneed added 14 points with 3 threes and 7 rebounds. Dean Wade added 12 points and a team-high 9 rebounds while Cartier Diarra added 11 points with a pair of steals to round out the quartet of double-digit scorers for K-State in the win. Kamau Stokes added 9 points with 4 assists and 3 steals as well in the winning effort. Brown Jr. leads Kansas State in scoring with 15.5 points per game while Sneed leads the Wildcats in rebounding with 5.6 rebounds per game and Stokes leads K-State in assists with 3.5 assists per game this season. As a team, Kansas State is averaging 65.5 points per game on 42.7% shooting from the field, 32.8% from behind the 3-point line and 64.6% from the foul line this season. The Wildcats are also stout defensively, giving up the 4th-fewest points per game in the country, allowing just 59.1 points per game this season.

The Baylor Bears will look to rebound after having their 6-game winning streak snapped thanks to an 84-72 loss to Texas last time out. Mark Vital led the Bears with 14 points on 6 of 8 shooting while Jared Butler added 13 points with a team-high 6 assists and a pair of steals. Mario Kegler and Matthew Mayer each had 10 points to round out the group of double-digit scorers for Baylor in the loss, while King McClure matched his team-high 6 rebounds with 6 points. Makai Mason was held to just 5 points but still leads Baylor with an average of 16.1 points and 3 assists per game while Vital leads Baylor in rebounding with 7.1 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Baylor is averaging 73.2 points per game on 45.4% shooting from the field, 33.7% from behind the arc and 66.3% from the foul line this season.

Kansas State is 6-0 ATS in their last 6 conference games and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall while the over is 6-1 in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record. Baylor is 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games following a loss and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall while the over is 10-1 in their last 11 conference games. Kansas State is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings between these two teams and 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings between these two teams at Baylor.

This has the potential to be the under the radar game of the day on Saturday, as you have two of the best in the Big 12 going at it in a game that could play a big part in deciding the regular season conference champion. With that said, the Bears should definitely be favored at home as they’ve been playing quite well, but that Texas loss did a major number on my confidence in Baylor here. Kansas State plays better defense than Texas in my opinion and have had a tremendous amount of success against Baylor over the years, both overall and at Baylor so I’ll take a shot with Kansas State and the points in a game I think the Wildcats have a good chance at winning outright.

Pick:
Kansas State +3

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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