NCAA Basketball Picks: Oklahoma Sooners vs. Baylor Bears

Jeff GrantContributor IJanuary 30, 2013

NCAA Basketball Picks: Oklahoma Sooners vs. Baylor Bears

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    Pierre Jackson has scored in double figures in 28 straight games, which is important to handicap when making your college basketball against-the-spread picks on Wednesday night, as the Baylor Bears (14-5) prepare to host the Oklahoma Sooners (13-5) at the Ferrell Center on ESPNU.

    Sports bettors will find that the Bears are 6.5-point home favorites in the NCAA basketball odds (courtesy of SBR Forum), while the total sits at 136.5 in the market.

    Jackson leads the Bears on the offensive end, averaging 18.7 points per game, while freshman center Isaiah Austin has contributed 15.7 points and 9.9 rebounds over his last 10 contests.

    Let's take a closer look at this Big 12 Conference matchup from a betting perspective, while offering up a prediction on the total along the way.  

Oklahoma Sooners

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    The Oklahoma Sooners have alternated wins and losses over their last four games. Against the Bears, they will attempt to bounce back from a 67-54 setback to the Kansas Jayhawks as 12.5-point road underdogs last time out.

    Sports bettors will find that the Sooners are 9-17 against the spread on the road over the last two-plus seasons, with the under going 11-10 in that situation. 

Baylor Bears

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    The Baylor Bears have won six of their last seven games. They return home after picking up an impressive 82-56 victory over the TCU Horned Frogs as 12-point road favorites last time out.

    Sports bettors will find that the Bears are 1-4 against the spread in their last five games following a straight-up win of more than 20 points, while the underdog has covered the number in four of the last five meetings in this series.

Prediction

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    I'm going to recommend that readers play the over as one of their NCAA basketball picks on Wednesday night, as the Baylor Bears and Oklahoma Sooners have climbed above the number in 11 of their last 16 meetings. 

    NCAA Basketball Pick: Over 136.5

     

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