Oklahoma State Cowboys at Baylor Bears – NCAAM March 4

7 p.m. ET – No.17 Oklahoma State at No.3 Baylor (-11.5) O/U:147.5

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
Oklahoma State +11½ (-110) +500 O 148½ (-110)
Baylor -11½ (-110) -700 U 148½ (-110)

The 17-6 Cowboys travel to Waco, Texas on Thursday night to take on the 19-1 Bears in a matchup of two of the best the Big 12 has to offer. Oklahoma State has won five in a row, most recently completing the season sweep of in-state rival Oklahoma on Monday night with a 79-75 win. Baylor clinched its first regular season conference title in 71 years on Tuesday night with a 94-89 overtime win at West Virginia. These two teams met earlier this season in Stillwater, Oklahoma, where the Bears picked up a 81-66 road win.

Oklahoma State Cowboys LogoThe Cowboys are led by future lottery pick Cade Cunningham, who leads the Big 12 with 19.5 points per game. Cunningham did not play in the first matchup because of COVID-19 protocols. In fact, Oklahoma State had a total of only eight players available because of COVID.

Cunningham in particular should make a big difference this time around, considering he is averaging 24 points per game over his last four outings.

Baylor Bears LogoBaylor is led by guard Jared Butler, the potential Big 12 Player of the Year who leads the team in scoring with 16.9 points per game. Butler had 22 points in the first matchup against the Cowboys while making 6-of-7 three-point attempts. Oklahoma State has thrived in the underdog role this season, boasting an 8-3 record against the spread when getting points.

This is the fourth game in nine days for Baylor after playing in an emotionally draining, overtime battle at West Virginia.

Thus, this is the perfect scenario for a letdown by the Bears, who are back on the court just two days after their biggest program accomplishment in over 70 years.

Please Note:
With the NCAA not yet announcing any news on the Cowboys’ appeal of a one-year postseason ban from the NCAA tournament for recruiting violations, it appears that Oklahoma State will be playing in the Big Dance. The Cowboys are ranked 17th in the country and have covered four games in a row while playing their best basketball of the season. Expect a weary, likely mentally drained Baylor team to have trouble with Cunningham, whom they have not seen all season. Oklahoma State should be in this game down to the final horn, so take the 11.5 points in a contest that the Cowboys actually could win outright.
The Bets
Oklahoma State +11½

*Odds courtesy of MyBookie

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