No. 2 Baylor at No. 6 Texas
Bitter rivals meet when Baylor visits Texas for a highly anticipated Lone Star State showdown tonight. A possible preview of the Big 12 Conference championship; The start of the Bears vs. Longhorns battle is scheduled for 7:00 pm ET at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas. These teams were originally scheduled to play on December 13, 2020, but that contest was canceled due to COVID-19 issues. Baylor won both games last season and the Bears have won nine of the last 10 meetings in this rivalry series.
Baylor (16-0, 8-0 Big 12) travels to Austin after two wins at home. The Bears earned a 107–59 win over Kansas State on January 27 and an 84–72 win over Auburn in the Big 12 / SEC Challenge on Saturday. Baylor has crushed everyone in his path, as his 16 wins are all by eight points or more. The Bears defeated No. 15 Texas Tech (68-60) and Oklahoma State (81-66) during their last two road games. Baylor is 3-0 against AP’s top 25 ranked teams this season.
Texas (11-3, 5-2 Big 12) is back in action for the second time in a 17-day span, as three of Longhorns last four contests were canceled due to COVID-19 issues. Texas lost 80-79 at home to No. 24 Oklahoma, as a 3-point favorite, during its last game on January 26. Before that, Texas split a pair of home games by defeating Kansas State 82-67 and losing 79-77 to No. 15 Texas Tech. The Longhorns are 1-4 in the last five home games against Baylor.
Both teams have solid defense as Baylor is allowing just 62.4 points per game (ppg) and Texas is giving up 66.2 ppg. The Bears have a huge advantage on offense, averaging 87.3 points per game, while the Longhorns have scored 76.4 points per game. Baylor swept the season series against Texas last year when the Bears posted a 52-45 victory on the road and a 59-44 victory at home. Limited recent action hurts Texas, which may have a hard time shedding rust early in this game. I hope Baylor leads from start to finish and covers the difference.
Pick: Baylor Bears -5.5 (-109) in DraftKings
Michigan State at No. Iowa 8
The fighting squads come together when the state of Michigan visits Iowa in Big Ten Conference action on Tuesday. This is the first of two meetings between the Spartans and Hawkeyes this season. The game is scheduled for 7:00 pm ET at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa. Michigan State has won the last five games of this series, including a 78-70 victory at home during last year’s only meeting. . DraftKings Sportsbook lists the Hawkeyes as a big 10.5-point favorite at home.
Michigan State (8–6, 2–6 Big Ten) is playing a third straight game on the road and the Spartans are looking to break a three-game losing steak. Fighting offense, the Spartans lost 67–37 to Rutgers on January 28 and 79–62 to No. 13 Ohio State in their final game on Sunday. Before that, the Spartans lost 55-54 at home to Purdue and then canceled three games due to COVID-19. Michigan State opened the season with a 6-0 record, but has lost six of its last eight games.
Iowa (12–4, 6–3 Big Ten) opened its season with a 12–2 record, but has lost two consecutive games. The Hawkeyes are back at home after an 80-75 loss on the road to No. 19 Illinois on January 29. That was preceded by a game against Nebraska that was canceled and an 81-69 loss at home as a 10-point favorite to Indiana. Before the loss to the Hosiers, the first at home this season, Iowa was on a five-game winning streak and had won 22 of 23 games at home.
Second only to the Gonzaga Bulldogs, who are averaging 94.1 points per game, Iowa is scoring 89.7 points per game on offense. That gives the Hawkeyes a huge advantage over the Spartans who are scoring 72.2 points per game. The numbers are closer on defense as Michigan State has allowed 71.6 points per game while Iowa is giving up 74.1 points per game. The tired Spartans are in a tough spot against the Hawkeyes, who should be laser focused in this game. Put in the big number and bet on Iowa to cover the point spread.
Pick: Iowa Hawkeyes -10.5 (-110) in DraftKings
2020-21 NCAA Basketball Betting Record: 18-8 ATS
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.