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Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 12:00pm EST
Written by Adam Rauzino

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The #2 Baylor Bears will be on the road to collide with the Oklahoma State Cowboys in a Big 12 battle Saturday afternoon from the Gallaher-Iba Arena. The Bears are coming off a 68-65 home win against Iowa State, and the Cowboys were dealt a 76-64 home defeat by Texas in their previous action. Each team logged one win in last year’s season series.

#2 Baylor's Defense Leads to 13-Game Winning Streak

The #2 Baylor Bears are one of the hottest teams in the entire country. They enter this one riding a remarkable 13-game winning streak led by their stifling defense that no one has been able to solve. The Bears are off to a perfect 4-0 start to Big 12 play as well. They covered the 8.5 point spread in a 68-55 home win over Iowa State on Wednesday night.

Jared Butler is clicking right now, collecting a total of 41 points in his last two games. The sophomore guard will attempt many three’s per game with success. Butler owns an average of 16.9 PPG and has connected on 40% of his three-pointers. Macio Teague only managed two points in Wednesday’s win. Overall, the junior guard is regularly contributing significant points and is currently averaging 13.8 PPG and 5 RPG. Davison Mitchell has shot over 50% in two out of his last three clashes. The sophomore guard has lifted his season average to 10.1 PPG on 45.2% shooting.

The Bears are steadily climbing the AP Top 25 as they now find themselves at #2 and could move into the #1 spot depending on Gonzaga's performance this weekend. Baylor is 2-0 on the road and they are scoring an average of 73.3 points, placing them 131st in DI. They are limiting opponents to 57.9 points, good for sixth in the country.

Oklahoma State's Slump Continues

The Oklahoma State Cowboys are still searching for their first Big 12 victory of the season. They have lost four consecutive games due to their inability to generate points. The Cowboys' issues continued in a 76-64 home loss to Texas on Wednesday in a matchup that Oklahoma State favored by four points.

Lindy Waters III is struggling and has shot below 34% in each of his last three games. The senior guard is having an inconsistent season and is only averaging 11.8 points on 39% shooting. Isaac Likekele has only reached double-digits in points in one out of his last six games. The sophomore guard has come through with many notable performances and is averaging 11.1 points on a 50.5% efficiency from the field. Cameron McGriff is also having issues with his shot. The senior forward rarely posts a mark above 40% from the field and holds an average of 9.6 PPG and 5.7 RPG.

The Cowboys are ranked 75th overall in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball ratings and are 5-4 on their home court. Oklahoma State is averaging 66.2 points, placing them down at 302nd in DI. Their defense has been a positive and they are holding opponents to 63.1 points, positioning them 57th overall.

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Baylor should come away with a decisive road win. The Bears have won 13 consecutive games and have covered the spread in four straight. They continue to play sparkling defense, holding their opponents to 55 or fewer points in four games in a row. This is key as the Cowboys scoring has been their biggest issue. They have netted 50 or fewer points in three out of their last four games.

Furthermore, the Bears have a rebounding edge plus they have also won both of their Big 12 road games against ranked Texas Tech and Kansas. Lastly, the Cowboys lost four defeats all occurred by 12 or more points.

Prediction: Baylor Bears

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This should be a low scoring clash. The Bears are one of the best defensive teams in the country up against a team that cannot shoot. The Cowboys rank 323rd overall with a terrible 40.5% field goal efficiency on the season. The under is 6-1 in the Cowboys’ last seven games against a team with a winning record.

In addition, the Cowboys defense has been solid in their tough start to Big 12 play. They have allowed 55 or fewer points in two out of their last three games, and Baylor is a lower scoring team. The under is a perfect 4-0 in the Bears’ last four games overall and that trend should prevail again in this one.

Prediction: Under

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The under on the Oklahoma State offered on PointsBet is a strong prop. The Cowboys were held to 41 points against West Virginia three games ago followed by only 40 points against TCU. Baylor has consistently shut down its opponents all season. Also, they limiting opponents to 38% shooting and they should have no issues neutralizing the Cowboys in this one.

Prediction: Oklahoma State Team Total Under

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I am staying with the under on the halftime total. This should be a very low scoring game from start to finish. Baylor is limiting opponents to only 22.3 points in the first half over their last three clashes. Also, Oklahoma State is playing strong defense in the opening half where they have allowed only 27.7 points in their last three.

Prediction: Under
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Written By Adam Rauzino

Adam has been a sports fanatic his entire life, closely following hockey, baseball, basketball and football. Adam enjoys analyzing various stats, as well as studying Sabermetrics and analytics to take his picks to a whole new level. Adam has a passion for writing about various sports as well as personal finance and has brought his talents to us here at Winners and Whiners. He graduated with a diploma in business marketing and business finance.