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How the public is betting Kansas vs. Baylor

It’s the biggest game of the college basketball slate, so where are the bettors going with their money?

Guards Mark Vital and Jared Butler of the Baylor Bears high five during the first half of the college basketball game against the Texas Tech Red Raiders at United Supermarkets Arena on January 16, 2021 in Lubbock, Texas. Photo by John E. Moore III/Getty Images

The biggest game of the college basketball slate on Monday night will feature the second best team in the country with the Baylor Bears hosting the ninth-ranked Kansas Jayhawks. The game is set to tip off at 9 p.m. ET from Waco, Texas and can be seen on ESPN.

Baylor comes in with an undefeated record at 12-0, while Kansas is 10-3 coming of a road loss to the Oklahoma State Cowboys.

So where are sports bettors going as we get closer to game time? Let’s take a look. All odds and info were provided by DraftKings Sportsbook.

Point Spread

The current point spread lists Baylor as 8.5-point favorites at home, but the money is all over the underdogs. Kansas is getting 65% of the bets with 75% of the handle.

Is the public right? Baylor might be the best team in college basketball right now, but are they Bears 8.5 points better than Kansas? I’m with the public and will ride with the Jayhawks here. Kansas is coming off its third loss, and it covered the spread in each of its first two losses this year. I think there’s a good chance the Jayhawks do it again.

Over/Under

The point total is at 139.5 and as usual, the public loves the over. Over bets are getting 83% of the bets with 70% of the money.

Is the public right? No, I’m on the side of the under. In this matchup, the under hit in 12 of the last 15 games between the two including six of the last seven. Both teams play a relatively average pace as Baylor ranks 129th with Kansas at No. 184 in possessions per game. Go under.

Moneyline

Baylor comes in with -435 odds to win this game outright with Kansas getting +330 odds to pull off the upset. Baylor is getting 86% of the moneyline bets on its side with 77% of the handle.

Is the public right? While Kansas should keep this game closer than the expected point spread, I cannot find too many reasons on both sides that would show the Jayhawks will beat Baylor on the road. Roll with the Bears.

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