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#637 Baylor -3 vs.
#638 Oklahoma 135
Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 9:00pm EST
Written by Blake V.

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The No. 1 team in the country takes its 22-game winning streak on the road when Baylor faces Oklahoma in Norman on Tuesday night. Baylor extended its perfect start to Big 12 play when it beat No. 14, West Virginia, by double digits on Saturday. Oklahoma is coming off a tough road loss at No. 3 Kansas. The Sooners gave the Bears a challenge in the first meeting of the season, losing by four on the road.

Bears continue to stay hot

Baylor has not lost since a Nov. 8 setback against Washington in the second game of the season. Since then, the Bears have rattled off 22 wins in a row. That streak has included wins against ranked opponents like Villanova, Butler, Arizona, Texas Tech, Kansas and West Virginia. Saturday’s win over the Mountaineers marked the end of one streak, though. Junior MaCio Teague, who had played in 90 consecutive games, missed the contest due to a wrist injury. He is one of three players scoring in double figures. Baylor was able to get the job done without him, though, leading 53-25 at one point in the second half before eventually winning 70-59.

Sophomore guard Jared Butler is scoring 15.3 points per game and is dishing out 3.0 assists per game. Butler has made a team-high 60 3-pointers on 158 attempts from downtown. Teague is adding 14.4 points per game and 5.0 rebounds per game. Sophomore guard Davion Mitchell is one of the best defenders in college basketball. Mitchell is also scoring 10.0 points per game and is dishing out a team-high 3.6 assists per game. Senior forward Freddie Gillespie is the leading rebounder with 8.8 boards per contest. Gillespie is the fourth-leading scorer with 9.7 points per game.

Sooners coming off loss to Kansas

Oklahoma had its two-game winning streak snapped in a road loss to No. 3 Kansas on Saturday. The Sooners were coming off a pair of wins against No. 13 West Virginia and Iowa State at home. Last Wednesday’s win over the Cyclones was one of Oklahoma’s best wins of the season, boat-racing Iowa State in a 90-61 decision. The Sooners were unable to carry that momentum into one of the nation’s toughest atmospheres, losing by 17 points on Saturday at Kansas. They were determined to let Marcus Garrett shoot 3-pointers, so Garrett responded with a career-high six 3-pointers.

Junior forward Brady Manek leads Oklahoma with 15.6 points per game and 6.3 rebounds per game. He is easily the Sooners’ best outside shooter, as he is one of the best in the conference. Manek has made 41.9 percent of his 155 attempts from downtown. Senior forward Kristian Doolittle is scoring 15.5 points per game and is the leading rebounder with 9.1 boards per game. He has made 40.3 percent of his 62 attempts from distance. Junior guard Austin Reaves is also in double figures, scoring 14.1 points per game and grabbing 5.0 rebounds per game. He is tied for a team-high with 2.9 assists per contest.

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This is a massive sandwich spot for Baylor. The Bears are coming off a crucial win in a showdown against West Virginia. Their biggest game of the year is coming up on Saturday against Kansas. Oklahoma has been sneakily playing really well in the Big 12, covering the number in four of its last five games. The Sooners already proved they match-up well with Baylor, taking the first meeting of the season right down to the wire. Oklahoma has been excellent at home this season, only losing one contest. Iโ€™ll take the Sooners and the points on Tuesday.

Prediction: Oklahoma +3

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Every trend possible is pointing to the under in this game. Baylor has played to the under in nine of its last 13 games, while Oklahoma has seen nine of its last 13 bouts go under the total as well. More importantly, these teams almost always play low-scoring games against each other. Seven of the last eight head-to-head contests have gone under the total. Baylor is the No. 3 defensive team in the country. The Bears like to slow the game down, ranking No. 288 in KenPomโ€™s adjusted tempo ratings. I would be surprised to see Tuesday nightโ€™s game go over the total.

Prediction: Under 135
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Written By Blake V.

Blake is a lifelong sports fan and hoops junkie. Prior to joining our team at Winners & Whiners and StatSalt, Blake worked for several newspapers and websites. He enjoys combining his beat writing expertise with the knack for finding the winning edge in a matchup. Remember, itโ€™s a marathon, not a sprint.