Oklahoma Sooners vs Baylor Bears Prediction, 1/6/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Oklahoma Sooners vs Baylor Bears
Date: Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Location: Ferrell Center in Waco, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Oklahoma (+11.5)
The Oklahoma Sooners (6-2) travel to Ferrell Center on Wednesday where they'll take on the Baylor Bears (9-0). Baylor opens this contest as 11.5-point favorites. The over/under is set at 150.5.
Oklahoma will play this contest with a mark of 6-2 for the year. The Sooners are connecting on 35.6% on shots from 3-point land (69 of 194) and 77.8% from the free throw line. They have an average of 81.8 pts per contest (41st in the country) while hitting 46.4% from the field. They are turning it over 11.5 times per game and as a team they are committing 13.4 fouls per game. As a unit, Oklahoma is pulling in 38.6 boards per game and has racked up 124 assists this season, which ranks 128th in Division 1 in terms of passing the ball. When they are on the defensive end, the Sooners have forced 13.4 turnovers per game and they draw 16.5 personal fouls. They currently rank 127th in the country in giving up assists to the opposition with 93 surrendered on the campaign. The Sooners defensively are allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 41.2% (205 of 498) and they surrender 34.4 boards per game as a squad. They are giving up 39.6% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they are 196th in Division 1 in opponents PPG (70.9).
The Oklahoma Sooners faced off with the West Virginia Mountaineers and earned the victory with a final of 75-71 in their last game. Oklahoma finished the game having earned a 42.2% FG percentage (27 of 64) and converted 11 of 35 shots from downtown. From the charity stripe, the Sooners converted 10 of their 14 attempts for a rate of 71.4%. When it comes to grabbing rebounds, they compiled a total of 36 with 8 of them being of the offensive variety. They also recorded 17 assists for the matchup while earning 9 steals and 4 blocked shots. In the matter of defending, Oklahoma allowed the other team to shoot 42.2% from the field on 27 of 64 shooting. West Virginia recorded 13 assists and had 8 steals in this matchup. Moreover, the Mountaineers snagged 30 boards (6 offensive, 24 defensive) and earned 4 blocks. West Virginia shot 60.0% from the charity stripe by knocking down 9 of their 15 shots. They knocked down 14 of 24 tries from 3-point range.
Umoja Gibson is one player who was a factor in this game. He had 29 points on 10 of 14 shooting. He was on the court for 30 mins played and collected 5 rebounds. Gibson finished the contest at 71.4% from the field and recorded 2 assists. Someone else that had an impact in this game for the Sooners was Austin Reaves. He pulled down 4 rebounds and also accounted for 3 dimes. He ended up going 35.7% from the floor for the game by hitting 5-of-14 (13 points). When the final whistle blew, Reaves saw the court for 30 min.
Baylor has a win-loss record of 9-0 so far this year. The Bears are committing 15.8 fouls per contest and they shoot 71.3% from the charity stripe. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 20.8 times per game (2nd in D-1) and they turn the ball over 12.1 times per contest. Baylor has scored 836 pts this year (92.9 per game) and they pull in 39.3 rebounds per game. When it comes to executing on offense, the Bears are connecting on 51.6% from the field, which has them ranked 25th in the country. The Bears on defense are ranked 39th in college basketball in PPG given up with 62.6. The Baylor defense allows 32.5% on 3-point shots (52 of 160) and their opponents are knocking down 62.8% of their foul shots. They have allowed 11.7 assists and 29.9 rebounds per contest, which ranks them 109th and 25th in college hoops. They are forcing 20.0 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 42.2% from the floor (157th in college hoops).
The last time they took the court, the Baylor Bears walked away with a victory by a final of 76-65 against the Iowa State Cyclones. The Bears were able to collect 25 defensive boards and 6 offensive boards for a total of 31 for the matchup. They also rejected 6 shots while getting 13 steals in this contest. The Cyclones committed 26 personal fouls for the contest which got the Bears to the charity stripe for 29 tries. They were able to convert 20 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 69.0%. In terms of shots from 3-point land, Baylor made 4 out of 19 tries (21.1%). At the conclusion of this game, the Bears shot 26 for 55 from the floor which had them sitting at 47.3%. The Bears allowed the Cyclones to knock down 26 of their 54 attempts from the floor which gave them a rate of 48.1% in the game. They wrapped up this game 40.0% from beyond the arc by going 6 of 15 and ended up going 7 out of 11 at the free throw line (63.6%). With respect to cleaning up the glass, Baylor permitted Iowa State to collect 26 in all (4 on the offensive side).
Jared Butler ended up being a factor for the Bears in this contest. He knocked down 7 of 15 in the matchup giving him a rate of 46.7%, which got him 21 points. Butler had 2 boards in his 35 minutes and tallied 5 assists in this game. Another guy that ended up playing a role for Baylor was MaCio Teague. He notched 13 points in his 36 minutes played by way of 3 out of 11 shooting in this matchup. Teague finished going 27.3% from the floor while collecting 2 dimes and 4 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Oklahoma (+11.5)
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