Looking to win big? The Cougars and Bears face off at 12:00 ET on CBS. The Bears are hosting the game at Foster Pavilion in Waco, TX. Houston is favored by -2.5 in this Big 12 conference contest against Baylor. The game’s over/under currently sits at 135 points.

HOUSTON COUGARS VS BAYLOR BEARS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Baylor Bears +2.5

This game will be played at Foster Pavilion at 12:00 ET on Saturday, February 24th.

WHY BET THE BAYLOR BEARS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 73-69 in favor of the Bears.
  • Not only will Baylor pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +2.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 135 points, and we like the over with a projected 142 points.

Will Houston Win on the Road?

After winning their last game against Iowa State by a score of 73-65, Houston has an overall record of 23-3 and a four-game win streak. They have been especially dominant at home, where they are 16-0 this season. On the road, they have gone 6-3, with an average scoring margin of +2.0 points per game.

So far this season, the Cougars have been favored in 24 of their 26 games, going 22-2 in those contests. In Big 12 play, they have a record of 10-3 compared to their non-conference mark of 13-0. Over the team’s last 10 road games, they have gone 7-3.

As the favorite this season, Houston is 12-10-2 vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Cougars are 4-4-2 ATS. On the road, Houston is just 2-6-1 vs. the spread this year and 0-2-1 in their last 3 road games ATS.

On the season, the over/under record for Houston games is 11-14. So far, the average over/under line in their games is 133 and the average scoring total is 129.8. Today’s over/under line of 135 is higher than their season average OU line. In their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 and the average scoring total is 136.

The Houston offense is coming off a game in which they scored 73 points vs. Iowa State. Overall their field goal percentage was 42% while connecting on 7 threes. The team’s scoring leader is LJ Cryer, who holds an average of 15 as they head into today’s matchup. Additionally, Jamal Shead is averaging 13.3 points per game this season.

So far, the Cougars’ defense is ranked 1st in the country at 55.3 points per contest. The Houston defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 65 points and allowed Iowa State to connect on 7 threes.

Will the Bears Win at Foster Pavilion?

Coming into today’s game, Baylor is 19-7 overall, including an 8-5 record in Big 12 play. They have been dominant at home, going 14-1 with an average scoring margin of +18.8 points per game. Over their last three home games, they are a perfect 3-0.

As the underdog, the Bears are just 1-5 this season. Their record as the underdog is a stark contrast to their record as the favorite, which is 17-2. In their last game, they lost to BYU by a score of 78-71.

As the underdog this season, Baylor has gone 3-3 against the spread. Their overall ATS record is 15-9-1, and they are 10-4-1 vs. the spread at home. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Bears are 4-6.

Today’s over/under line of 135 is lower than the average over/under line in Baylor’s games this season (148.2). This year, 21 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line. In their last three games, the over/under record is 1-2 and the average scoring total is 154 points.

Coming off their recent game, the Baylor offense tallied 71 points in a matchup against BYU. Their field goal percentage for the game was 49%, and they made 5 threes. The team’s top scorer is Ja’Kobe Walter, who comes into today’s matchup with an average of 14.4, while RayJ Dennis also maintains a PPG average of 13.1 leading up to the game.

Currently, the Bears’ defense holds the 141st rank in the nation, allowing 71.0 points per game. On average, opposing teams are hitting 6.6 threes per game vs. Houston. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 32.5%.