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Oklahoma vs. Baylor - 1/28/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Baylor at Oklahoma
Date & Time Monday January 28, 2019, 9:00 PM (EST)
Location
Lloyd Noble Center
Norman, OK
The Line
Oklahoma Sooners -6.5 -- Over/Under: 140
TV Channel
ESPNU
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The Baylor Bears and the Oklahoma Sooners meet in Big 12 conference college basketball action from the Lloyd Noble Center on Monday night.

The Baylor Bears come into this game looking to build on their current 4-game winning streak after a 73-68 win over Alabama in their last outing as part of the SEC/Big 12 challenge. Mario Kegler led the Bears with 17 points on 7 of 13 shooting with a team-high 7 rebounds while Makai Mason had 13 points along with 4 assists as the only other Baylor player to score in double figures in the winning effort. Jared Butler had 9 points while dishing out a team-high 5 assists as well in the victory. King McClure was held to just 7 points but still leads Baylor with an average of 10.5 points per game while Butler leads the Bears in assists with 2.4 assists per game and Mark Vital leads Baylor in rebounding with 7.3 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Baylor is averaging 72.2 points per game on 44.2% shooting from the field, 31.4% from behind the arc and 67.3% from the foul line this season.

The Oklahoma Sooners will look to build on back-to-back wins after picking up an 86-55 victory in a rout of Vanderbilt in their last outing as part of the SEC/Big 12 challenge. Christian James led the Sooners with 21 points on 8 of 15 shooting with 3 threes and 3 steals while Brady Manek added 14 points and Rashard Odomes added 14 points with 3 assists on an efficient 7 of 8 shooting in just 22 minutes to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Oklahoma in the win. Jamal Bieniemy was held scoreless but still grabbed 5 rebounds while dishing out a team-high 7 assists with 4 steals. James leads Oklahoma with an average of 16.8 points and 7.4 rebounds per game while Bieniemy leads the Sooners in assists with 2.9 helpers per game this season. As a team, Oklahoma is averaging 74 points per game on 45.4% shooting from the floor, 34% from 3-point range and 67.5% from the charity stripe this season.

Baylor is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 conference games while the over is 8-2 in their last 10 road games. Oklahoma is 9-2-1 ATS in their last 12 games against a team with a winning record and 15-4-2 ATS in their 21 games overall while the under is 11-5 in their last 16 games following a win. Baylor is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams and 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams at Oklahoma.

The Sooners have been solid ATS for the majority of the season, and you’ve made more than you’ve lost by backing Oklahoma this year. However, Baylor getting points, even on the road against a Sooners team that’s handled business at home is too good to pass up. The Bears have not only covered in 4 of the last 5 meetings, but the last 5 meetings between the two sides has either seen a Baylor victory, or a game decided by 2 points or less. The Bears just have a history of keeping things close with the Sooners and Baylor just appears to be refreshed and refocused after coming so close to beating Kansas so I’ll take a stab at Baylor and the points here.

Pick:
Baylor +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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