The Big 12 race is tight with the Baylor Bears and the Texas Longhorns trying to displace the Kansas Jayhawks atop the conference standings. This Monday, both teams get a shot at improving their record Texas hosts their second and final meeting of the regular season. Baylor will try to stretch its winning streak to four games, while Texas recently recovered from a loss to Texas Tech and is now riding two consecutive wins.
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Baylor vs. Texas Game Information
- When: Monday, February 28, 2021, 9:00 PM ET
- Where: Franklin Erwin Special Events Center, Austin, TX
- TV: ESPN
- Radio: SPORTS RADIO ESPN 1420 (Baylor) / SiriusXM 83 (Texas)
- Live Stream: WatchESPN
- NCAAB Betting Odds: Baylor (-1.5) / Texas (+1.5)
Why Bet on Baylor Bears?
Baylor has its eyes on the Big-12 top spot with two regular-season games remaining. The Bears are at the end of a three-game winning streak and a shot at extending it to four when they play Texas on Monday night.
The Bears are imposing on both ends of the court. However, we expect the team to do more on the offensive side. They average 77.2 points (28th) per game on 46.8% shooting (37th). The team features some of the finest shooters in the division, two-point percentage rise up to 53.8% (46th) and a three-point percentage to 35.1% (97th). Ultimately, Baylor records 53.4% from the field (46th).
The visitors do well on defense. They limit teams to 63.3 opponent points (23rd) per game. This is accomplished by consistent shooting defense that holds teams to 42.1% shooting (88th) and 47.4% from the field (61st). Rebounding is also a strong suit of the Bears. The team collects 37.2 total rebounds (62nd) per game, with offensive boards at an average of 11.1 per game (15th).
LJ Cryer is the latest Baylor player to pick up an injury. The guard sustained a foot injury in his recent outing and is expected to return in early March.
Why Bet on the Texas Longhorns?
The Longhorns are breathing down the necks of the top four teams in the Big-12. They now hold a 21-8 overall record and a shot at the No. 1 spot if Baylor, Texas Tech, and Kansas fail to win their remaining games.
Texas wins games through its defense. They are the fourth-best team in the league in terms of opponent points. They hold opponents to 58.8 points (fourth) per game on 41.6% shooting (69th). The Longhorns do well from the two and three-point range, hitting 47.0% from the two-point (69th) and 31.1% from deep (54th).
Previewing the offense, the Longhorns have to be at their best to keep up with the Bears. The hosts average 69.1 points (201st) per game. They have an underwhelming shooting percentage at 44.9% (114th) and a 50.7% field goal percentage (149th). However, Texas does record decent two-point shooting numbers at 51.7% (105th).
The Texan college team has a healthier squad this time around. Tre Mitchell is the only player to miss the game after the big man announced that he will be out due to personal reasons.
Baylor vs. Texas Betting Trends
- Baylor is 2-3 in the last five road games (1-4 ATS).
- Baylor is 4-1 in the last five road games against Texas (4-1 ATS).
- The totals went over in three of Baylor’s last five games against Texas.
- Texas is 4-1 in the last five games at Franklin Erwin Special Events Center (2-3 ATS).
- Texas is 1-2 in the last three games against Baylor (1-2 ATS).
- The totals went over in four of Texas’ last five home games against Baylor.
Baylor vs. Texas Expert Betting Predictions
We anticipate a close game between Baylor and Texas this time around. Now that the Longhorns have the benefit of homecourt advantage, they have better chances of putting down pressure. We have no doubts that Texas can hold off Baylor’s defense. However, their offense needs to be on point to penetrate a competent Baylor defense. While Baylor holds an advantage in this game, the scoreline can go down the wire. Ultimately, we look forward to a heated battle between both teams on Monday night.
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