Perhaps the most interesting NCAAB game scheduled for Monday, January 30, will be played between these conference rivals, so make sure you don’t miss out on the best Bears vs. Longhorns betting pick and odds.
Baylor is hoping for the seventh straight victory when they visit Texas at Moody Center. The Longhorns are -3.5 favorites on Bovada Sportsbook, while the total is set at 149 points. These Big 12 foes will meet for the first time this season.
Bears edged Arkansas at home
The No. 17 Baylor Bears (16-5, 10-10-1 ATS) recorded their sixth consecutive win even though it was harder than expected against the Arkansas Razorback at home. The Bears won 67-64, but the visitors had an opportunity to force overtime; however, Joseph Pinion missed a three-pointer. It was Baylor’s second one-score win in the last three games, but the Bears took it and climbed up in the Big 12 standings with a 5-3 record. Baylor was bad from the field (33.9%) but made 21 free throws opposite Arkansas’ six, while the hosts forced 15 turnovers and committed eight on the other end.
Freshman guard Keyonte George led the Bears with 24 points. LJ Cryer scored 20 points and Jalen Bridges contributed ten points, a team-high seven rebounds, and two steals. Baylor’s bench chipped in just five points, but luckily for the Bears, the Razorbacks’ scored four.
F Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua is sidelined after undergoing knee surgery, and he will miss an undetermined length of time.
Longhorns’ poor first-half display cost them in Tennessee
The Texas Longhorns (17-4, 8-13-0 ATS) lost the second game in the last four after scoring just 28 first-half points against the Tennessee Volunteers on the road in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge. The Longhorns responded with 43 points in the second 20 minutes, but that was insufficient to avoid an 82-71 defeat. Tennessee shot 55.6 from the floor as Texas’ defense didn’t work and was much better in rebounds (38-23).
Senior guard Sir’Jabari Rice led the Longhorns with a season-high 21 points off the bench. Brock Cunningham scored 11 off the bench, while Marcus Carr also had 11 points with four rebounds and two steals. Interestingly, Texas’s second unit contributed 44 points opposite Tennessee’s three, but that didn’t help the Longhorns.
- 4-1-1 ATS in the last six games overall
- 4-1-1 ATS in the last six games vs. a team with a winning straight-up record
- 4-0 ATS in the last four Monday games
- 3-7 ATS in the last ten games overall
- 1-4 ATS in the last five home games
- 0-4 ATS in the last four Monday games
Baylor Bears vs. Texas Longhorns Pick
The Longhorns do have a better record so far in the season and a win ahead of Baylor in the conference standings, but the Bears have been dominant in recent H2H duels. The Bears won 12 of the last 13 H2Hs, including each of the previous six, three of which came on the road. Texas has the slightly better offense and defense, but the current form is on Baylor’s side, and I am backing the visitors to stay close and cover in this one. Also, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Bears manage to get a win, which would be their seventh straight.
Pick: Take the Bears at +4.5 (-133)
Texas is scoring 80.0 points per game, while Baylor averages 78.8 ppg. Even though both defenses are limiting the opposing offenses to below 70 points per contest, I doubt that is going to happen in this one. Baylor scored 74+ in six of the last eight, while Texas scored 70+ in four of the previous six games. This duel will likely go down to the wire, while we cannot exclude potential overtime. Over is 10-2-1 in the Longhorns’ last 13 overall, while Over is 7-0-1 in Texas’ previous eight home games.
Pick: Go Over 148.5 points (-130)