Baylor vs Texas Betting Preview
The nationally #2 ranked Baylor Bears will take a trip to the Frank Erwin Center in Austin on Tuesday, February 2nd, 2021 to take on the #6 ranked Texas Longhorns.
This Baylor vs Texas Betting Preview is a guide for the enticing matchup.
This is a much-anticipated game as these are the two best teams in the Big 12. This game is generating lots of excitement as Texas is in it to win it having lost their last 2 games.
The Longhorn’s most recent loss to the Oklahoma Sooners was decided by just one point. In order to secure their ranking and their top team status, Texas Longhorn guard Andrew Jones has much to prove against the Bear’s Jared Butler.
Tuesday’s game will be the 257th series meeting between these teams and is the most played rivalry in Baylor’s history dating back 106 years. Baylor swept Texas last year in both meetings. The Longhorns are going to show up to prove they can play!
Baylor, with a 16-0 record is 1 of 3 undefeated teams and is the only undefeated Power-5 team in college basketball. In the Bears’ most recent win, they defeated the talented Auburn offense handily, 84-72.
Baylor’s offense is being led by Jared Butler who has been averaging 16.8 points per game with a field goal percentage of 49%. That is some talented shooting. They lead the nation hitting 43% from the outside and putting away the three pointers.
The Bears have shown they have one of the top defenses in college basketball shutting down many talented offenses.In fact, the defense ranks number 1 in efficiency. Butler is going to have to continue to lead on the court in order to defeat the Longhorns.
Helping him are the talented Davion Mitchel shooting 42% from the three and Mark Vital.
Texas is currently 11-3 and in second place in the Big 12. They have had 3 of their last 4 games cancelled due to Covid-19 which may play a big factor in this upcoming game.
They have had the opportunity to practice and rest and their 1 point loss to the #24 ranked Oklahoma Sooners must weigh heavily on the team. On the other hand they may be rusty.
Their key player is Andrew Jones who averages 14.3 per game. Jones is a fighter, having beaten leukemia during his freshman year at Texas. When the offense is in sync they can stop even the best defense and lead the Big 12 at three-point Defense.
Baylor is favored at -6 on the spread and -105 on the money line. The over-under for both Baylor and Texas is 144.5.
Baylor has arguably the best defense in the NCAA and that will be put to the test against the Longhorns high energy offense. Butler has seemed unstoppable.
Texas will need to be scoring efficiently if they want a chance. They can’t go on any cold streaks and trail by a lot because a comeback won’t be possible. Baylor is undefeated this season and is 9-1 versus Texas since 2016.
Baylor leads the nation in scoring margin (+24.8 and 3 point percentage (.434) My pick is the Baylor Bears as they surge toward their 17th straight win. Texas may be rusty as they have only played 1 of their last 4 games and Baylor is on fire.