It has been a bit of a strange season in college basketball, as it has become routine to see the top ranked teams lose to lesser opponents, with the #1 and #2 rankings basically being the kiss of death for many. The Baylor Bears are currently ranked #21 at the moment, and are in danger of falling out of the top 25 if they take another loss. They will try to avoid that when they head into the Bramlage Coliseum to face the Kansas State Wildcats. The odds for this one should be very interesting, and our online sportsbook will have them up on Wednesday morning, so be sure to check back in.
How to bet on Baylor Bears Vs Kansas State Wildcats
When: Wednesday, February 10, 8:15 PM EST
Where: Bramlage Coliseum, Manhattan, Arkansas
This is one of those games that truly tests the mettle of the NCAA basketball bettor, as it features a pair of teams that are a whole lot better matched than their records may suggest. Baylor would be expected to win this one, but Kansas State have already played the Bears close this season.
Why bet on the Baylor Bears
The Baylor Bears (17-6, 6-4) have had their struggles of late, but it should be noted that most of their losses have come versus very good opposition. The majority of their losses this season have been against ranked opponents on the road, and they have looked very solid against teams sitting outside the top 25. Baylor does have a win over Kansas State already this season, but the 79-72 victory was one that took double overtime to put in the win column. The Bears have won 3 of their last 4 games on the road, and have not lost to an unranked opponent on the road all season long. Baylor are averaging 78.4 PPG, and are giving up 68.1 PPG.
Why bet on the Kansas State Wildcats
The biggest mistake that any team can make when playing the Kansas State Wildcats (14-9, 3-7) is thinking that they are going to be an easy out. The Oklahoma Sooners may very well have had that thought heading into their game with the Wildcats over the weekend, which may explain why they were totally outclassed in an 80-69 Kansas State win. West Virginia and Baylor, both of whom were ranked teams, had to go to double OT to knock off the Wildcats, so this is not a game that anyone really believes will be a slam dunk for Baylor. The Wildcats are averaging 72.3 PPG, and are giving up 67.3 PPG so far this season.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
I think that the Baylor Bears will get the win that allows them to do the double over Kansas State, but I think this one will be even closer than the last time out. I would not be surprised to see OT required once again.
Baylor Bears 72 Kansas State Wildcats 71