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How and what to watch for No. 2 Baylor vs. No. 15 Texas Tech

Baylor will head on the road to play one of the best defenses in the country against Texas Tech on Saturday.

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Baylor Bears guard MaCio Teague (31) reacts after a dunk during the second half against the TCU Horned Frogs at Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena. Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The second-ranked Baylor Bears will head on the road to take on the No. 15 Texas Tech Red Raiders in what might be the most anticipated game of the day on a college basketball Saturday slate.

Baylor might just be the best team in the entire sport and comes in with an 11-0 record and is the lone unbeaten team in Big 12 play at 4-0. The Bears haven’t played since Saturday as their matchup with the West Virginia Mountaineers was postponed due to West Virginia COVID-19 issues. Baylor ranks third in all of college basketball in offensive efficiency and sixth on the defensive end.

Texas Tech comes in with a record of 11-3 and 4-2 in a very competitive Big 12 especially at the top, which is tied for third in the conference along with the Kansas Jayhawks. The Red Raiders won three straight games including Wednesday night’s game, a 79-77 road win over the fourth-ranked Texas Longhorns. Texas Tech is led by its defense, which ranks seventh in efficiency, one spot below Baylor.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch Baylor vs. Texas Tech on Saturday, January 16th at 4:00 p.m. ET on ESPN, or you can stream it via the ESPN app with a cable or streaming service login. If you don’t have a cable login to access the ESPN app, you can get a free trial from YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, AT&T TV Now, FuboTV, or Sling TV to stream it.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: Baylor -4.5
Point Total: 139
Money line: Baylor (-215), Texas Tech (+175)

  • Baylor is 11-0 straight up and 9-2 against the spread this season.
  • Texas Tech is 5-1 straight up in its last six games but 2-7 against the spread in its last nine.
  • The point total went under in five of Baylor’s last six games, while the over hit in each of Texas Tech’s last five.

The Best Bet

After their big win over Texas that locked up any doubt about their ranking or NCAA status, this is just a letdown spot for the Red Raiders. Baylor hasn’t let anyone within double digits this season for a reason.

Pick: Baylor -4.5

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