The No. 2 Baylor Bears (15-1, 5-0 Big 12) put their 14-game winning streak on the line when they meet the Oklahoma Sooners (12-5, 3-2 Big 12) at Ferrell Center. The game will air on ESPN at 9 p.m. ET on Monday, January 20, 2020.
Oklahoma Sooners at Baylor Bears ATS Prediction
The Sooners come in on a high note after blowing out the TCU Horned Frogs in their last game, 83-63. One of Oklahoma’s largest strengths was their ability to convert at the free throw line. They were 14-17 (82.4 percent), while the Horned Frogs were 9-12 (75.0 percent). With 31 points on 10-for-15 shooting, Brady Manek was the game’s high scorer.
In the Bears’ last game, they defeated the Oklahoma State Cowboys, 75-68. The Bears made 19 of their 23 free throws (82.6 percent) and had a turnover percentage of 12.1 (better than their season average of 15.0). With 17 points and six assists, Baylor’s Jared Butler had a good performance.
When looking at effective field goal percentage, Baylor figures to have a substantial advantage. The Bears defense ranks 19th in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.436), while the Oklahoma offense is ranked 221st in effective field goal percentage (0.490). Furthermore, the Sooners commit the fourth-fewest errors in the NCAA (turnover percentage of 14.8 percent), while the gambling defense of the Bears causes the 44th-most (opponents’ turnover percentage of 23.1 percent).
After the Bears won both contests against the Sooners last season, this will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams. In the most recent game, Baylor won 59-53. Baylor had a better effective field goal percentage (0.481 vs. 0.417). Oklahoma, meanwhile, had a better free throw rate (0.148 vs. 0.130).
Oklahoma Sooners vs. Baylor Bears Betting Pick
Prediction: ATS Winner – Oklahoma, O/U – Under
Oklahoma ranks 22nd in blocks allowed per game (2.4) while Baylor ranks 163rd (5.1).
The Sooners’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 1.6, down from 4.4 for the season.
During their last five games, the Bears have scored an average of 65.2 points per game (8.2 below their season average) and allowed an average of 54.8 points per game (3.8 below their season average).