Kansas at Baylor Betting Lines, Pick & TV Info

Posted by Peter Boysen on February 17, 2017 in

The third-ranked Kansas Jayhawks (23-3, 11-2 Big 12) head south to take on the fourth-ranked Baylor Bears (22-4, 9-4 Big 12) in a conference showdown on Saturday afternoon. Kansas won the first meeting, up in Lawrence, 73-68, and they have won three in a row, including an 84-80 comeback thriller over West Virginia that went to overtime on Monday night. Baylor is almost certain to fall out of their fourth slot next week, having dropped three of five, most recently losing at Texas Tech, 84-78, on Monday. There’s a lot of action in college basketball this weekend, so make sure you check out all of our college basketball lines.

Kansas at Baylor Betting Lines, Pick & TV Info

When: Saturday, Feb. 18, 1 PM ET
Where: Ferrell Center, Waco, Texas
Stream: CBSSports.com
RadioKansas / Baylor

Why should you bet on the Jayhawks?

Kansas faced Texas Tech on the road on Saturday, two days before Baylor went there and took a loss. The Red Raiders pushed Kansas to the limit as well, but the Jayhawks held on for a big win. When West Virginia came to town on Monday, looking for a season sweep over Kansas, the Mountaineers led by 14 points with three minutes left in the second half. But then Frank Mason III put the team on his back, scoring 11 points all by himself in a 21-7 Jayhawk run that sent the game to overtime. Kansas continued their offensive push in the extra frame and came away with a win. It is this difference in quality when crunch time hits that should deliver a big win for Kansas.

Why should you put your money on the Bears?

Baylor gave up an 11-0 run to start their loss to Texas Tech, and then the Red Raiders went on another 11-0 run late in the second half to seal their win. Terry Mason put up a career best 22 points for the Bears, and Manu Lecomte put up 16 — and he could have had more, but he took a technical in the second half that was his fifth foul of the game, sending him to the bench. The Red Raiders held Baylor’s leading scorer, Johnathan Motley, scoreless after halftime with an aggressive double team. This does open a stretch of three home games in the next four for Baylor, but opening that stretch with Kansas represents a real challenge. If you like Baylor, you think that Kansas won’t play nearly as well away from home as they did against West Virginia, and that Baylor will be able to take advantage of a thin Jayhawk frontcourt.

Betting Pick and Final Score Prediction

Kansas just looks stronger in clutch situations right now than Baylor, so even on the road, I like Kansas to prevail here. I’m predicting a final score of Jayhawks 71, Bears 69.