Oklahoma State Cowboys vs Baylor Bears Prediction, 3/4/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Oklahoma State Cowboys vs Baylor Bears
Date: Thursday, March 4, 2021
Location: Ferrell Center in Waco, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Oklahoma State (+12.5)
The Baylor Bears (19-1) play the Oklahoma State Cowboys (17-6) at Ferrell Center on Thursday. The line on this matchup has Baylor as 12.5-point favorites. The over/under has been set at 149.
Oklahoma State will play this game with a mark of 17-6 for the campaign. The Cowboys are connecting on 33.8% on 3-pointers (149 of 441) and 71.1% from the charity stripe. They average 76.6 pts per game (61st in the nation) while shooting 45.9% from the field. They turn the ball over 15.7 times per contest and as a basketball team are committing 16.7 fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Oklahoma State is pulling down 39.3 rebounds per game and has racked up 302 assists on the campaign, which is 132nd in the country in terms of passing the ball. On the defensive end, the Cowboys are forcing 14.5 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 18.3 personal fouls. They surrender 32.3% on shots from downtown while they are 218th in D-1 in points per game allowed (71.6). The Cowboys defense is giving up and opponent field goal percentage of 40.6% (586 of 1,445) and they concede 35.7 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They rank 205th in college basketball in giving up assists with 285 relinquished for the year.
The Oklahoma State Cowboys played the Oklahoma Sooners and walked away with a win by a score of 79-75 in their last game. Oklahoma State walked away from the contest with a 52.9% field goal percentage (27 of 51) and made 5 out of their 14 three-point attempts. At the free throw line, the Cowboys knocked down 20 of 27 shots for a percentage of 74.1%. With respect to rebounding, they collected 35 with 6 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 15 assists for this game as well as forcing the other team into 12 turnovers and earning 7 steals. With respect to defense, Oklahoma State allowed the other team to shoot 40.6% from the floor on 26 of 64 shooting. Oklahoma earned 13 dimes and had 9 steals for the matchup. On top of that, Oklahoma pulled down 27 rebounds (7 offensive, 20 defensive) and added 2 blocks. Oklahoma finished the contest at 71.4% when shooting free throws by making 10 of 14 attempts. They made 13 of their 34 shots from beyond the arc.
Kalib Boone is one player who was a major contributor in this game. He ended up walking away with 17 points on 8 out of 9 shooting. He played for 24 mins and also pulled down 9 rebounds. Boone ended up shooting 88.9% from the field and also recorded 1 assist. An additional guy that was a major contributor in this contest for the Cowboys was Cade Cunningham. He snagged 7 rebounds in 40 minutes on the court. He finished 37.5% from the floor for the game by connecting on 3-of-8 (15 points). Overall, Cunningham earned 4 assists.
Baylor has a mark of 19-1 this year. The Bears commit 17.1 personal fouls per contest and they hit 68.7% from the free throw line. They are assisting teammates 17.3 times per game (12th in D-1) and they are losing possession via turnover 12.0 times per contest. Baylor has tallied 1,708 pts this season (85.4 per game) and they pull in 36.6 boards per contest. As an offense, the Bears are connecting on 49.6% from the floor, which ranks them 25th in the nation. The Bears on defense are ranked 52nd in D-1 in points allowed per game with 65.0. They concede 12.2 dimes and 32.6 rebounds per game, which is ranked 110th and 74th in those defensive categories. The Baylor defense gives up 32.6% from downtown (125 of 384) and their opponents are knocking down 67.7% of their free throw shots. They are able to force 18.1 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 42.5% from the floor (147th in college basketball).
In their last game, the Baylor Bears took home the win by a final score of 94-89 when they played the West Virginia Mountaineers. The Bears were able to corral 16 defensive rebounds and 13 offensive boards for a total of 29 for the matchup. They also gave up possession of the ball 13 times, while getting 8 steals for the matchup. The Mountaineers committed 17 personal fouls for the matchup which took the Bears to the charity stripe for a total of 14 shots. They were able to knock down 9 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 64.3%. When it comes to shooting from downtown, Baylor made 13 of their 31 attempts (41.9%). At the conclusion of this game, the Bears went 36 for 70 from the field which gave them a rate of 51.4%. The Bears allowed the Mountaineers to knock down 26 of 56 tries from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 46.4% in this contest. They finished shooting 39.1% from beyond the perimeter by shooting 9 out of 23 and finished the contest at 28 of 32 from the free throw line (87.5%). When it comes to rebounding, Baylor allowed West Virginia to get 34 in total (13 offensive).
Jared Butler ended up being a factor for the Bears in this matchup. He knocked down 10 of 21 in this contest giving him a rate of 47.6%, and accounted for 3 rebounds. Butler earned 25 points in his 39 mins of playing time and tallied 6 assists in the matchup. Another guy that played a role for Baylor was Davion Mitchell. He wrapped the game up with 5 assists in his 43 minutes played, and he knocked down 7 out of 14 from the floor. Mitchell wrapped this one up going 50.0% from the floor in addition to collecting 20 points and 3 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Oklahoma State (+12.5)
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