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Kansas State vs. Baylor - 3/2/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Baylor at Kansas State
Date & Time Saturday March 2, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
Fred Bramlage Coliseum
Manhattan, KS
The Line
Kansas State Wildcats -6.5 -- O/U: 127.5
TV Channel
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The Baylor Bears and the Kansas State Wildcats meet in Big 12 college basketball action from the Fred Bramlage Coliseum on Saturday night.

The Baylor Bears come into this game looking to extend their current 3-game winning streak after an 84-83 win over Texas in their last outing. Mario Kegler led the Bears with 24 points on 7 of 15 shooting with 4 threes along with 7 rebounds while Devonte Bandoo added 18 points on 5 of 6 shooting with 4 threes. Jared Butler added 15 points with 3 threes and a team-high 4 assists while Mark Vital had 13 points with 8 rebounds to round out the group of double-digit scorers for Baylor in the win. Freddie Gillespie added 8 points with team-highs of 11 rebounds and 4 blocks while Makai Mason had 6 points. Mason leads Baylor with an average of 14.6 points and 3.1 assists per game while Vital leads the Bears in rebounding with 7.1 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Baylor is averaging 72.6 points per game on 44.6% shooting from the field, 34.7% from behind the arc and 67.6% from the foul line this season.

The Kansas State Wildcats will look to rebound after a 64-49 loss to Kansas in their last outing. Kamau Stoked led the Wildcats with 12 points and a team-high 4 assists as the only Kansas State player to score in double figures in the losing effort. Makol Mawien, Dean Wade and Xavier Sneed each had a team-high 5 rebounds with Wade and Sneed each adding 8 points while Mawien chipped in 7. Barry Brown Jr. was held to just 4 points but still leads Kansas State in scoring with 15.2 points per game while Sneed leads the Wildcats in rebounding with 5.4 rebounds per game and Stokes leads K-State in assists with 3.3 assists per game this season. As a team, Kansas State is averaging 65.9 points per game on 43.3% shooting from the field, 34.1% from behind the arc and 66.5% from the foul line this season. The Wildcats are also extremely tough on defense, sitting 4th in the country in terms of scoring defense, giving up just 59.5 points per game this season.

Baylor is 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 6-1 in their last 7 road games. Kansas State is 10-2 ATS in their last 12 conference games and 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games overall while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games against a team with a winning record. Baylor is 0-5 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.

Getting points like these with Baylor is tempting considering how both of these teams could use this win and I expect the Bears to come out firing as to not fall behind this solid K-State defense. However, Kansas State put up a clunker in arguably their biggest game of the year and I expect the Wildcats to bounce back and lock down a Baylor team that the Wildcats have had a lot of success against in the past. I’ll lay the points in what I end up seeing as a double-digit Kansas State win and cover as well.

Kansas State -6.5

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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