We have a full slate of college basketball action on Wednesday, though several cancellations to note. There are currently eight games on the shelf, including No. 4 Michigan against the Penn State Nittany Lions. The University of Michigan has closed down all of their athletic programs temporarily. Due to Covid-19 concerns, Michigan won’t be playing for at least two weeks.
After players and personnel were testing positive for the UK variant, all athletics at the University of Michigan were paused. That’s the extra contagious variant that has the potential to get through a locker room quickly. The University of Michigan will err on the side of caution in this case. It puts a temporary halt to what has been a solid season for the Wolverines.
There are seven ranked teams slated to play on Wednesday night. The highest of which is the No. 2 Baylor Bears. Baylor rightfully deserves to be the No. 2 team in the country. There is no controversy or disputing that. That’s one sports take that no one can disagree with. And ahead of them, the Gonzaga Bulldogs are certainly worthy of the No. 1 spot.
If Gonzaga doesn’t slip up, and they’re going to be heavy favorites the rest of the regular season, then the Bulldogs are not moving anywhere. Baylor might actually be the better team, and will be more battle tested leading up to the NCAA Tournament, but there’s little they can do to leapfrog Gonzaga. Baylor is coming off yet another impressive performance, as they advanced to 14-0 on the season with a 81-66 win in Stillwater.
Oklahoma State is not a terrible team. They beat the Kansas Jayhawks not too long ago at home in Stillwater. However, Baylor made them look pretty weak, and it’s all because of how talented the Bears are. Speaking of Kansas, Baylor defeated Kansas, 77-69, prior to that win on January 18. No one has had an answer for guard Jared Butler, and I’m not sure if Kansas State is going to have one tonight. The Wildcats better figure Butler out, or they’re not going to hang around. Head below for our free Kansas State vs. Baylor pick on January 27, 2021.
Kansas State Wildcats vs. Baylor Bears NCAA Betting Odds:
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Baylor is a good team that has looked unbeatable this season. Looking unbeatable doesn’t mean much when an upset happens in the NCAA Tournament, though. They’ve looked the part, but we’ll see what transpires the rest of the season and in March. Especially during Covid-19, things must be taken day-to-day in 2021. In any event, Baylor has handled all of their foes with ease, and haven’t been through any serious adversity yet.
Texas Tech and Kansas are the closest teams to get to Baylor. They both lost by eight points, which isn’t necessarily close. All of their other wins in the 2020-21 campaign have been by double digits, including their most recent outing on January 23 against Oklahoma State. The Bears are capable of getting business done on both ends of the floor. They’ve scored an average of 86.1 points per game, seventh in the NCAA, while conceding just 62 points per game for 22nd in the NCAA.
The Bears have been good anywhere they’ve played. It hasn’t mattered if they’re on the road or home at the Ferrell Center. Baylor has been getting production at home, though. They’ve been winning more comfortably. The defense has notably kicked it up an extra gear, as Baylor has allowed only 59.3 points per game at the Ferrell Center. This is where Kansas State could be in for a lot of problems. If Kansas State can’t score, which they haven’t been doing this season, Baylor can turn this game into a comfortable blowout.
Kansas State has been struggling offensively, and they’ve found things difficult against teams that can’t defend like Baylor can. The Wildcats have netted 63.4 points per game for 322nd in the NCAA. In their previous five games, Kansas State has been building a house with bricks, as they’ve scored 57.8 points per game. They are on a six-game losing streak, with their most recent win on December 29 against a bad Omaha squad. The 5-11 Wildcats don’t look like they care anymore, which isn’t the attitude to have going into Waco. Baylor by 30.