Kansas vs Baylor College Basketball Pick

Kansas vs Baylor College Basketball Odds

Written by on February 22, 2016

This Tuesday, the #2 Kansas Jayhawks head south to take on the #25 Baylor Bears in Big 12 basketball action. The Jayhawks (23-4) sit atop the Big 12 standings and are coming off a 72-63 win over Kansas State on Saturday. The Bears (20-7) are in third place in the Big 12 and knocked off #24 Texas on Saturday, 78-64. Get the latest college hoops online lines here.

Kansas Jayhawks vs Baylor Bears College Basketball Odds

When: Tuesday, February 23, 2016, 8:00 PM ETWhere: Ferrell Center, Waco, TXTV: ESPN2Radio: Baylor Bears Sports NetworkLive Stream: ESP3NCAAB Odds: TBA 

Why should you bet on the Jayhawks?

Kansas overcame the adversity of losing their leading scorer, Perry Ellis, for a long time during the second half, as he got a cut behind one ear that took a dozen stitches to close. Even so, the rest of the team combined to hold off a game Kansas State side. Ellis did come back into the game briefly before he got scratched in the eye by one of his teammate, but even so he put 14 points in. Point guard Frank Mason III was one reason the team held things together, scoring 15. The Jayhawks were up by 17 at one point in the second half but almost saw that lead evaporate. They were able to hold on for their first road win against Kansas State since 2013. The Jayhawks now have a two-game lead on the rest of the conference (including Baylor) with four games left on the Big 12 slate.

Why should you put your money on Baylor?

Johnathan Motley is the reason why Baylor Bear fans have become optimistic about their teams’ chances in the postseason this year. When the Bears lost to Texas Tech at home, the team appeared to be ready to enter a free fall going into the end of the Big 12 schedule. However, Motley keyed the Bears’ overtime upset of Iowa State, scoring 27, and he had 24 more on Saturday when the Bears went to Austin and took a road win against the Texas Longhorns. Motley poured in 24 points, shooting 12 for 13. Motley is also a big part of the Bears’ newfound dominance of the boards. Baylor outscored Texas in the paint 50-32, and they won the battle of the boards most dramatically in the first half, 15-5. If Rico Gathers can return and play a full game, as he continues to recover from the flu, Baylor will be extremely difficult to beat.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

This will be one of the Bears’ toughest tests at home this season. I like Kansas to handle the test, though, and I’m picking the Jayhawks to win, 78-74.