No. 3 Baylor barely held off West Virginia on Tuesday to avoid losing its second game of the season, and things won’t get easier for the Bears down the stretch. Baylor will face two ranked teams to end its regular season, and No. 17 Oklahoma State is next on the docket. The Cowboys are fresh off winning two straight games against No. 16 Oklahomas and could climb the rankings even more by securing another Quad 1 win.
Baylor (19-1, 11-1 Big 12) was pushed to the edge by the Mountaineers before pulling away to win 94-89 in overtime. Jared Butler rebounded from arguably his worst game of the season by scoring 25 points against West Virginia. The junior guard led all scorers with 22 points in the Bears’ win against Oklahoma State earlier this season, but Cowboys’ superstar freshman Cade Cunningham didn't play in that game, and could make a huge difference in the rematch.
Oklahoma State (17-6, 10-6 Big 12) wasn’t ranked a couple of weeks ago, but has ridden a five-game winning streak powered by Cunningham into the Top 20. The rookie scored a season-high 40 points to top the Sooners over the weekend before posting 14 in Monday’s rematch. Beating Baylor and West Virginia to wrap up the regular season could do wonders for the Cowboys ahead of the NCAA tournament.
Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming
You can watch Oklahoma State vs. Baylor on Thursday, March 4th at 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN2, 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 -11
Point Total: 149.5
Moneyline: Oklahoma State +480, Baylor -715
- Baylor is 14-6 ATS overall and 8-4 at home.
- Oklahoma State is 13-9-1 ATS overall and 6-3-1 on the road.
The Best Bet
They say you shouldn’t squat with your spurs on, but that’s exactly what I’ll do. The Cowboys have only lost by double-digits twice this season, and boast an impressive record ATS for a team that’s played 11 games against ranked teams. Cunningham makes Oklahoma State go, and I think he’s enough to close the gap for an underdog that lost to Baylor by 15 points without him.
Pick: Oklahoma State +11
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