College Basketball Picks: Baylor Bears vs. Kentucky Wildcats

Jeff Grant@@JeffGrantSportsContributor IDecember 6, 2013

College Basketball Picks: Baylor Bears vs. Kentucky Wildcats

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    The Kentucky Wildcats have won five games in a row by an average of 21.2 points, which is important to consider when making your college basketball picks on Friday as they prepare to face the Baylor Bears at AT&T Stadium.

    Sports bettors will find that the Wildcats are 3.5-point neutral-court favorites in the NCAA basketball odds, with no betting total being established in the market.

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

    Gambling stats via SBR Forum

Baylor Bears

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    The Baylor Bears have compiled a 7-1 straight-up record to start the 2013-14 campaign, with their only loss coming to the Syracuse Orange in the Maui Invitational on Nov. 27.

    College basketball handicappers will find that the Bears have failed to cover the number in their last two opportunities as neutral-court underdogs of 3.5 to six points. 

Kentucky Wildcats

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    The Kentucky Wildcats will be focused on avenging last year's 64-57 loss to the Baylor Bears, as the result snapped the program's 54-game home winning streak.

    Over the last two-plus seasons, the Wildcats are 4-1 straight up and against the spread when facing Big 12 Conference opponents, with the UNDER going 3-2 in that situation. 


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    I'm going to recommend that readers back the Kentucky Wildcats, as they've gone 8-3-1 against the spread in their last 12 nonconference affairs.

    College Basketball Pick: Kentucky Wildcats -3.5

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