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Wichita State vs. Baylor - 12/1/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Baylor Bears (5-2) at Wichita State Shockers (3-3)
Date & Time Saturday December 1, 2018, 8:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Wichita State Shockers -1 -- Over/Under: 144.5
TV Channel
CBS Sports Network
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NCAA BB | Baylor Bears (5-2) at Wichita State Shockers (3-3)
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The Baylor Bears and Wichita State Shockers meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Charles Koch Arena.

The Baylor Bears look for another victory after winning five of their last six games. The Baylor Bears are averaging 75.1 points on 45.7 percent shooting and allowing 65 points on 38.7 percent shooting. Makai Mason is averaging 14.3 points and three assists while King McClure is averaging 14.1 points and 5.9 rebounds. Tristan Clark is the third double-digit scorer and Mario Kegler is grabbing six rebounds. The Baylor Bears are shooting 31.7 percent from beyond the arc and 66.2 percent from the free throw line. The Baylor Bears are allowing 26.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.9 rebounds per game. The Baylor Bears have lost nine of their last 11 road games.

The Wichita State Shockers look to get a game above a .500 record with a victory here. The Wichita State Shockers are averaging 75.3 points on 43.7 percent shooting and allowing 72.5 points on 43.8 percent shooting. Markis McDuffie is averaging 20.3 points and 4.3 rebounds while Samajae Haynes-Jones is averaging 11.8 points and 4.2 assists. Erik Stevenson is dishing 2.2 assists and Dexter Dennis is grabbing four rebounds. The Wichita State Shockers are shooting 34 percent from beyond the arc and 66.9 percent from the free throw line. The Wichita State Shockers are allowing 32.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32 rebounds per game. The Wichita State Shockers have won six of their last eight home games.

The Bears are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS loss, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games. The Shockers are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 home games, 1-6 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The over is 5-0 in Bears last 5 road games. The over is 15-5 in Shockers last 20 overall.

The Baylor Bears were god awful on the road last season, so while they're playing better basketball than Wichita State at the moment, it's tough to side with them in this near pick em contest. The Wichita State Shockers have also played some decent teams this season and have been on the wrong side of some close losses, so I'm not as concerned about the sluggish start as many others seem to be. I'll back the Shockers at home in this toss-up.

Pick:
Wichita State Shockers -1

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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