The No. 1 Baylor Bears (+900 to win the 2020 Championship) are on a mission to win it all this season. They are locks to make it to the tournament regardless of what happens the rest of the regular season and in the Big 12 tournament. As for the Oklahoma Sooners, a chance to boost their March Madness resume is what they’re getting this Saturday in Norman.
Betting Preview for the Baylor Bears vs Oklahoma Sooners NCAA College Basketball Game on February 18 2020
Where: Lloyd Noble Center, Norman,
When: Tuesday, February 18, 2020, 9:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: ESPN
Betting on the Baylor Bears (23-1 Overall / 12-0 Conference)
Who’s stopping the Bears? Baylor has only lost once this season and that lone setback seemed to have happened in a different era. The Bears extended their 22nd win in a row with a 70-59 victory over the No. 14 West Virginia Mountaineers last Saturday in Waco. Baylor’s last loss occurred in November of last year, when the Bears got upset by the Washington Huskies, 67-64, during the Armed Forces Classic in Alaska. Baylor’s defense has simply been impressive this season and it’s fueling the Bears’ success. The Bears held West Virginia down to only 34.5 percent shooting from the field. The Mountaineers also took several doses of their own medicine served by Baylor, as West Virginia had 22 turnovers in the game. The Bears are allowing just 58.4 points per game this season — the fewest in the history of the Big 12. They also entered the West Virginia game 13th in the nation with a 38.4 opponents field goal shooting percentage. When the Bears took down Oklahoma at home back in January, they limited the Sooners to only 35.0 percent shooting from the floor.
The Bears are 7-3 against the spread (ATS) in their last 10 games overall.
Betting on the Oklahoma Sooners (16-9 Overall / 6-6 Conference)
The Sooners were feeling good about themselves heading into their game against the Kansas Jayhawks in Lawrence last Saturday. They defeated West Virginia and the Iowa State Cyclones in the two games prior but fell short of completing a three-game winning streak as they lost to the Jayhawks, 87-70. The Sooners were dominated by Kansas on the glass by 11 rebounds and also went just 8 of 24 from behind the arc. In the loss to Baylor, the three-ball kept Oklahoma within striking distance, drilling nine of their 25 attempts from deep for a 36.5 percent success rate. Baylor is hard to score against, especially in the paint with its great rim protection, so the Sooners will have to sharpen their outside shooting to loosen up the Bears’ defense. Brady Manek, the Sooners’ leading scorer this season, went 4 of 8 from deep in the Baylor game while Alondes Williams got off the bench and drained both his 3-point attempts. Manek is scoring 15.9 points per game this season thus far.
The Sooners are 3-0 ATS in their last three games as the home team.
Baylor wins, 70-63.
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