Last Updated Aug 30, 2021, 13:55 PM
Saturday's Tip Sheet
Big 12 Betting Tips
A pair of big showdowns in the Big 12 are the two featured betting matchups on this Saturday’s college basketball board.
The early afternoon tilt sends the No. 4 Baylor Bears on the road to Lawrence to face the No. 3 Kansas Jayhawks. In a late afternoon start in Morgantown, the No. 22 Texas Tech Red Raiders come to town to square off against the No. 17 West Virginia Mountaineers.
No. 4 Baylor at No. 3 Kansas
(CBS 1:00 p.m. ET)
Opening Odds: Kansas -7.5, Total 131.5
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Tuesday night’s 57-52 road victory against Texas Tech as a 3 ½-point road underdog extended Baylor’s straight-up winning streak to 11 games. The Bears opened Big 12 play with a 59-44 home victory over Texas to cover the 8 ½ points. They are 3-1 against the spread in their last four games with the total staying UNDER in five of their last seven contests. Davion Mitchell scored 14 points and Mark Vital pulled down 13 rebounds to spark Tuesday’s upset.
Sophomore guard Jared Butler (16.3 points) has been held to just 18 combined points in his last two starts.
Kansas opened play in the Big 12 last Saturday with a 60-53 victory against West Virginia but it could not cover the 10 points at home. On Wednesday night against Iowa State, the Jayhawks rolled to a 79-53 victory as 5 ½-point favorites on the road. They are 12-2 SU and 8-6 ATS after covering in seven of their last nine games. The total has stayed UNDER in their last four outings.
Four of five starters ended Wednesday’s game in double figures led by Devon Dotson’s game-high 20 points. The sophomore guard leads the Jayhawks in scoring with 18.6 points per game.
-- The Bears have an 8-2-1 record ATS in their last 11 road games and the total has gone OVER in 14 of their last 20 Big 12 games.
-- The Jayhawks are 1-6 ATS in their last seven games played in January and they are 2-6-1 ATS in their last nine Saturday games.
-- Kansas has won nine of the last 10 meetings SU, including both meetings last season while going 1-0-1 ATS. The total went OVER the closing line in those two games after staying UNDER in the previous six matchups.
No. 22 Texas Tech at No. 17 West Virginia
(ESPN2, 6:00 p.m. ET)
Opening Odds: West Virginia -4.5, Total 127.5
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Tuesday’s loss to Baylor snapped a SU five game winning streak that started with a 70-57 upset against Louisville as 7 ½-point underdogs. The 10-4 (SU) Red Raiders hammered Oklahoma State 85-50 in their Big 12 opener as 5 ½-point home favorites. They are 2-7 ATS over their past nine games and the total has gone OVER or ended as a PUSH in four of their last six outings.
Freshman guard Jahmi’us Ramsey leads the team in scoring with 17.7 PPG and he has exceeded that average in each of his last three starts.
The Mountaineers bounced back from the loss to Kansas with Tuesday’s 55-41 road win against Oklahoma State in a game that closed as a PICK. They have covered in five of their last six games with the total staying UNDER in their last six contests. West Virginia is 12-2 SU with an 8-6 record ATS. It is averaging 71.9 PPG to complement a defensive effort that is holding opposing teams to 60.4 points a game.
Freshman forward Oscar Tshiebwe (12.2 points) leads a group of four players averaging at least nine points a game.
-- The Red Raiders are 4-1 ATS in their last five road games but just 4-13-2 ATS in their last 19 January games. The total has gone OVER in seven of their last nine conference games.
-- The Mountaineers have a SU nine-game winning streak at home. The total has stayed UNDER in four of their last six January games.
-- Texas Tech won two of three meetings last season SU with West Virginia holding the 2-1 edge ATS. The total stayed UNDER in two of the three games. The Mountaineers hold the 7-3 edge ATS over the last 10 meetings.