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How and what to watch for No. 2 Baylor vs. Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State will return to the court after COVID-19 issues for a home matchup with what might be the best team in college basketball.

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Baylor Bears guard Jared Butler runs the offense against the Kansas Jayhawks during the first half at Ferrell Center. Raymond Carlin III-USA TODAY Sports

The Baylor Bears might just be the best team in college basketball, and they will get another road test when the second-ranked team takes on the Oklahoma State Cowboys on Saturday, January 23 at 2 p.m. ET.

Baylor remains undefeated at 13-0 ranked behind only the Gonzaga Bulldogs. The Bears come in with a 6-0 record in Big 12 play, a game ahead of the Texas Longhorns. Baylor is coming off a pair of impressive victories, beating the Texas Tech Red Raiders on the road followed by a home win over the Kansas Jayhawks on Monday. Baylor is ranked No. 2 in KenPom, first in adjusted defensive efficiency and fourth on the offensive end.

Oklahoma State is set to return to the court after missing its last two games with COVID-19 issues and returned to practice on Thursday. In the Cowboys’ last time out on January 12, they beat Kansas 75-70 to improve to 9-3 overall including 3-3 in the Big 12 for sixth place in the conference. Earlier this week, head coach Mike Boynton announced Chris Harris Jr. and Donovan Williams are out for the rest of the season with knee injuries while Ferron Flavors is questionable with an injury to his finger.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch Baylor vs. Oklahoma State on Saturday, January 23rd at 2:00 p.m. ET on CBS, which is also available via the CBS Sports app with a cable or streaming service login. If you don’t have a cable login to access the 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 -9
Point Total: 144.5
Money line: Baylor -480, Oklahoma State +350

  • Baylor is 13-0 straight up this season including 10-3 against the spread.
  • The under hit in four of Baylor’s last five games.
  • Oklahoma State is 4-1 against the spread in its last five games, and the over hit in six of its last nine.

The Best Bet

Jared Butler vs. Cade Cunningham is the marquee matchup on Saturday as these two Big XII powers do battle on the hardwood.

Baylor leads the nation in scoring margin and while the Cowboys will be up for this battle against the No. 2 team in the country, the aforementioned injuries time off due to COVID may catch up to them late.

Pick: Baylor -9

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