College Basketball Betting Odds: Baylor At West Virginia
The #2 Baylor Bears take their pristine 15-0 record into the hills of West Virginia on Tuesday night, taking on the #7 Mountaineers (13-2). The Bears knocked off Oklahoma State in a 61-57 nailbiter on Saturday to keep that streak alive — a game in which they trailed by five at home going into the halftime intermission. West Virginia knocked off TCU at home on Saturday by an 82-70 score. Take a look at our recommendations for this game as well as the rest of our online betting odds for the week ahead.
Here’s A Closer Look At The College Basketball Betting Odds: Bears At Mountaineers
When: Tuesday, January 10, 2017, 7:00pm ET
Where: WVU Coliseum, Morgantown, WV
Radio: Baylor IMG Sports Network / Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG
Live Stream: Watch ESPN
NCAAB Odds: TBA
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Why should you bet on the Bears?
Once the national rankings come out on Monday, expect Baylor to move from #2 to #1, as Villanova fell on Wednesday. Against Oklahoma State on Saturday, Baylor was led by Manu Lecomte’s 17 points, while Johnathan Motley kicked in 13. However, Oklahoma State — which is now 0-3 in the Big 12 for the first time since the conference expanded from the Big 8 to the Big 12 back in 1986 — were just two points in the last minute, and their leading scorer, Jawun Evans, had an open look on a three to tie the game. Evans went just 2 for 12 for the night, and the Cowboys shot just 35 percent. It’s unlikely that another such offensive showing will be enough to carry the game at West Virginia. Also, Oklahoma State pulled down 19 offensive rebounds — which explains how they were able to stay so close. Baylor Bears needs to do better work on the boards up in Morgantown, which should be doable given that West Virginia goes with small, speedy lineups to run that pressure game.
Why should you put your money on the Mountaineers?
The Mountaineers had lost in overtime down at Texas Tech but bounced back against the Horned Frogs. The problem for West Virginia was defensive intensity, which came and went against TCU, although Jevon Carter finally took over and put up 9 points during a 16-4 run that sent the Mountaineers to victory. Daxter Miles led the way with 22 points, a season best, but he criticized the team for lacking energy against Texas Tech — and he also mentioned the ups and downs in energy against TCU as well. West Virginia brings a ferocious full-court press to the game, and while TCU broke the press fairly easily, they would then turn the ball over in the frontcourt with sloppy ball security, handing the ball over 18 times, leading to 28 points for West Virginia. But can West Virginia get away with intermittent intensity against the #2 team in the nation?
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
Other than an early win at then-#6 Virginia, West Virginia hasn’t beaten anyone of substance. In fact, their other loss came against Temple, which has opened American Athletic Conference play at 1-3. Baylor routed then-#4 Oregon, edged then-#10 Louisville and thumped then-#7 Xavier — and they also beat then-#24 Michigan State. That stronger resume translates into a Baylor win — although expect West Virginia to keep it close. I predict a final score of Baylor 72, West Virginia 69.