Big 12 Tournament odds: Baylor vs. No. 14 Oklahoma State
Baylor got a huge resume-boosting win over Kansas in the regular-season finale to help the Bears’ NCAA Tournament hopes, but they probably need at least two wins in the Big 12 Tournament in Kansas City to have any realistic hopes, starting Thursday against Oklahoma State. The Cowboys opened as 2.5-point favorites on WagerWeb.com. Check our current lines.
Baylor (18-13, 9-9) didn’t just beat No. 4 Kansas, it spanked the Jayhawks 81-58. Pierre Jackson had 28 points with 10 assists and Cory Jefferson scored 25 points as Baylor handed the Jayhawks their worst loss in seven years. The loss kept Kansas from winning conference regular-season title outright for the fifth year in a row. Jackson, the Big 12′s leading scorer, and Jefferson both made 11 of 13 field goals — Jefferson made all three of his 3-pointers. A.J. Walton added 12 points for Baylor and Isaiah Austin had 11 for Baylor.
OSU (23-7, 13-5) allowed Kansas to share the Big 12 title with Kansa State as the Cowboys beat KSU 76-70 in the regular-season finale. Freshman star Marcus Smart scored 21 points, including six points during the decisive 14-1 run for the Cowboys (23-7, 13-5 Big 12). Le’Bryan Nash contributed 24 points and Markel Brown scored 16, including seven free throws in the final 2 minutes for Oklahoma State. Smart passed James Anderson for the 2nd-most points by a freshman in a single season in Oklahoma State history.
These teams split in the regular season, with each winning at home. Thursday is the 72nd series meeting, and it’s the first time Baylor has played OSU at the Big 12 Championship since 1999. Baylor has never defeated OSU in the Big 12 Championship (0-2). The only other Big 12 founding members the Bears have never beaten in the tournament are Oklahoma (0-1) and Texas Tech (0-1). Baylor is 10-25 against Oklahoma State in the Big 12 era, including an 8-12 mark during the Scott Drew era.
Baylor is looking to win back-to-back games vs. AP Top 25 teams for the first time in program history. Baylor is 1-7 in games decided by 5 or fewer points, and the Bears shot below 70% from the free throw line in six of those seven losses. The Bears have won 19 of 20 and 40 of its last 42 games when leading at the half over the last two seasons.
WagerWeb.com trends: Bears are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games. Bears are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record. Cowboys are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. win. Cowboys are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record. Favorite is 11-2 ATS in the last 13 meetings. Under is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.