College Basketball 2017 Expert Picks: Texas At Baylor

Posted by Henry Watkins on Monday,January 16, 2017 1:33, EST in

Everyone loves a rivalry game, regardless of the sport, and it doesn’t get much better than a conference foes and in-state rivals going head to head. This Tuesday night will see a pair of teams out to prove that Texas isn’t big enough for both of them, as the Longhorns will be on the road to ace the Baylor Bears, who will be hoping that they were able to hold on to their #1 ranking after an up and down week last week. This rivalry has gone the way of the Baylor Bears in the last 2 match-ups, but it’s a series that has been split down the memory in recent years. In the last 10 games that these teams have faced one another, which stretches back to 2013, the series has been split 5-5. These are programs heading in very different directions this year, though, and you wonder if Texas are going to be able to hang with the high-flying Bears. You never know what might happen in these rivalry games, so make sure to check the latest ncaa basketball point spreads here.

Here’s A Closer Look At The College Basketball 2017 Expert Picks: Longhorns At Bears

When: Tuesday, January 17 at 7 PM EST
Where: Ferrell Center, Waco
TV: ESPN2
Live Stream: Watch ESPN
NCAAB Odds: TBA

 

 

Why bet on the Texas Longhorns

Finding reasons to bet on the Texas Longhorns in easier said than done, as this is a team that has seriously underwhelmed this season. They are just 7-10 overall, 1-4 in conference play, and are coming into this one on a 3-game losing skid. One of the biggest problems for Texas is their inability to score on a regular basis, which is not what you want when you are about to face one of the top 10 best defensive teams in the nation. Texas are averaging less than 70 PPG, and to make matters worse, they have yet to pick up a win on the road this season. Despite all of this, Texas Longhorns has somehow managed to go 9-7 ATS, including being a perfect 3-0 ATS on the road.

Why bet on the Baylor Bears

Last week had the potential to be a damaging one for the Bears, as they started it out with their first loss of the season, going down in blowout style to West Virginia. They had to follow that up with a game on the road against ranked Kansas State, but they showed some real grit in coming out of that one with a 77-68 win. The loss to the Mountaineers may end up taking the Bears out of the top seed, but they will be focused on continuing to build another winning streak, which they should be able to do against a pretty woeful Texas Longhorns team. Baylor are 8-4 ATS this season, but are surprisingly just 3-3 ATS at home.

 

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Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

People started to raise some doubts about this Baylor team after their loss last week, but their follow-up win proved that this group has some grit. This is a match-up that could get out of hand quite quickly.

Texas Longhorns 58 Baylor Bears 74