The Oklahoma Sooners (16-9, 6-6 Big 12) look to put an end to the 22-game winning streak of Baylor when they welcome the No. 1 Bears (23-1, 12-0 Big 12) to Lloyd Noble Center. Action starts at 9 p.m. ET on Tuesday, February 18, 2020, and it can be seen on ESPN2.
Baylor Bears vs. Oklahoma Sooners Betting Preview
The last time the Bears played, they were victorious over the No. 14 West Virginia Mountaineers, 70-59. Jared Butler was the game’s high scorer with 21 points on 8-for-11 shooting. The Bears, who came into the game averaging an effective field goal percentage of 0.493, had a solid mark of 0.571, while the Mountaineers had a turnover percentage of 25.4 (above their season average of 17.4).
The Sooners are trying to rebound after their 87-70 loss to the No. 3 Kansas Jayhawks in their last outing. Kristian Doolittle was the game’s leading scorer with 27 points on 8-for-20 shooting. Kansas had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (34.2 vs. 23.3). Oklahoma, on the other hand, did a terrific job of converting from the free throw line (14-16; 87.5 percent).
Based on each team’s statistical profile, ball security could play a significant role in this battle. Oklahoma commits the eighth-fewest miscues in the NCAA (turnover percentage of 15.4 percent), while the ball-hawking defense of Baylor forces the 34th-most (opponents’ turnover percentage of 22.8 percent).
These two schools have already met once this season. The Bears won 61-57. Baylor’s 0.175 free throw rate was their largest advantage over Oklahoma, who had a rate of 0.100. In the loss, Brady Manek recorded a double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds.
Baylor Bears at Oklahoma Sooners Prediction
College Basketball Prediction: SU Winner – Baylor, ATS Winner – Baylor, O/U – Over
The Bears rank 47th in steals per game (7.8) while the Sooners rank 146th (6.2).
Baylor averages 14.0 assists per game, which ranks 87th in the NCAA. Oklahoma ranks 99th in assists allowed per game (11.9).
Baylor ranks 51st in three pointers allowed per game (19.2) while Oklahoma ranks 283rd (25.9).
The Bears rank 66th in rebounds allowed per game (32.9) while the Sooners rank 250th (38.1).
Oklahoma ranks 26th in blocks allowed per game (2.5) while Baylor ranks 168th (4.8).
The Sooners’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 5.4, up from 3.6 for the season.
During their last five games, the Bears have scored an average of 68.2 points per game (3.3 below their season average) and allowed an average of 58.6 points per game (0.2 above their season average).