We’ve got four teams not playing for an automatic bid today in Kansas City, but instead the trophy of what might be the deepest conference in college basketball. It’s about seeding and hardware in the Big 12 the next two days, and we take a look at where things stand and make some picks ahead of this evening’s action.
No. 5 Oklahoma State vs. No. 1 Baylor, 6:30 p.m. ESPN or ESPN2
Point Spread: Baylor -9
Point Total: 148
The Bears struggled to put away a feisty Kansas State team yesterday 74-68, but eventually got the tremendous guard play they’re known for. Davion Mitchell, MaCio Teague, and Jared Butler combined for 65 points in the win, and showed why they’re the premiere backcourt in college basketball.
Oklahoma State got past West Virginia 72-69 for their seventh win in eight outings. But that loss was 81-70 at Baylor eight days ago. Cade Cunningham is going to be a fantastic pro, and this is the one team that can match up with him and leave bodies to spare, but he can do enough alone to keep it close.
The pick: Oklahoma State +9
Point Spread: Texas -1
Point Total: 137.5
The weirdness of Kansas this year cannot be overstated, and the roller coaster that is Texas has been right there with them. On a neutral court, you’d possibly have a different team favored in this game week-by-week this season. But right KU was down 17 to UTEP last week, and needed a push to beat a suspect Oklahoma team yesterday. Being without David McCormack doesn’t help.
Texas has won four in a row, and swept the Jayhawks during the regular season. But they needed a monster game from Matt Coleman to win by one point in overtime over Texas Tech just to get here. The true winner here is chaos. The winner on the court, however... when in doubt, take the points (or point in this case).
The pick: Kansas +1
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