Monday College Basketball Betting: Baylor Seeks Revenge Vs Oklahoma State

Baylor Bears guard James Akinjo points to the basket after a made free thrown during a Big 12 basketball game against the TCU Horned Frogs
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The Monday college basketball betting slate is heavier than usual, with a handful of makeup games from previous COVID-related postponements on the President’s Day docket.

However, among the trio of top 25 teams in action, only No. 10 Baylor appears to be on upset alert against Oklahoma State … the same Oklahoma State that shocked the top-ranked Bears five weeks ago.

Can the Cowboys defend their home court and pull off the season sweep against injury-addled Baylor? Or are the Bears fully focused on the biggest week of their season? (A potential Big 12 winner-take-all showdown looms this weekend.)

Props.com breaks down the Monday college basketball betting odds for Baylor-Oklahoma State.

Odds via FanDuel and updated as of 2:30 p.m. ET on Feb. 21.

No. 10 Baylor Vs Oklahoma State

Baylor Bears guard Matthew Mayer (left) prepares to take a shot while driving to the basket as Oklahoma State Cowboys forward Moussa Cisse (right) defends
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Tipoff/TV: 9 p.m. ET/ESPN
Baylor: 22-5 SU (10-4 Big 12)/14-12-1 ATS
Oklahoma State: 13-13 SU (6-8 Big 12)/9-16-1 ATS
Spread/Total: Baylor -4.5 (-110)/138.5 (Under -114)
Last meeting: Oklahoma State stunned then-No. 1 Baylor 81-54 as a 14-point road underdog (Jan. 15)
Did you know: The underdog is 7-2 ATS in the last nine series meetings, including six outright upsets. Also, the last five meetings have produced a combined scoring average of 143.6 points, which is above Monday’s consensus total

About Baylor: The No. 10 Bears — who are down three slots in this week’s Associated Press Top 25 poll — have won three of their last four games, including Saturday’s 72-62 victory over TCU. However, Baylor failed to cash as an 11-point home chalk, falling to 2-4-1 ATS in its last seven. The Bears, who have scored at least 72 points in each of their last four games, lead the Big 12 in scoring offense (77.5 ppg, 40th nationally), 3-point proficiency (35.6%), assists (16.4 per game), and steals (9.3 per contest). They’re also fourth in the league in scoring defense (63.0 ppg, 29th nationally).

About Oklahoma State: The Cowboys have prevailed in three of their last five games, including Saturday’s 82-79 overtime win over Kansas State, coming up short as a 4.5-point home favorite. Oklahoma State is now mired in a 2-5-1 ATS funk. Oklahoma State — which isn’t eligible for postseason play because of off-court violations — ranks first in the Big 12 in blocks (5.1 per game), second in steals (8.9 per contest), and fourth in scoring offense (70.0 ppg). However, the Cowboys are 8-11 in their last 19 home matchups against nationally ranked opponents.

What’s At Stake: Baylor (10-4) trails first-place Kansas (11-2) by 1.5 games in the Big 12 standings. Despite only having only four league games remaining, the Bears can still catch the Jayhawks if they take care of business tonight in Stillwater, then knock off Kansas at home Saturday. Baylor currently stands sixth in the NCAA’s NET rankings, suggesting the defending national champions remain in the running for a top-two seed in next month’s NCAA Tournament.

Players To Watch

Oklahoma State Cowboys guard Avery Anderson III looks to pass during a Big 12 basketball game against the Florida Gators
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Baylor has three key players dealing with injuries, including leading scorer LJ Cryer (foot), third-leading scorer Adam Flagler (knee), and top rebounder Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua (season-ending knee injury). Cryer and Flagler are listed as questionable tonight, although Cryer is expected to miss his second straight game. That means the Bears likely will be leaning heavily on senior guard James Akinjo, who ranks second on the team in scoring (13.2 points per game), and first in assists (5.8 per game) and steals (2.0).

Oklahoma State guard Avery Anderson III had 20 points, seven rebounds and three assists in Saturday’s overtime win over Kansas State. The 6-foot-3 junior, who leads the Cowboys in scoring (11.8 ppg) and steals (1.8 per game), has posted double-digit points in four consecutive games, averaging 16.8 ppg during this stretch.

Notable Trends

  • Since starting the season 8-2-1 ATS, Baylor is 6-9-1 ATS
  • Baylor is 1-3 SU/ATS in its last four road games
  • Oklahoma State is 5-14-1 ATS in its last 20 overall
  • Oklahoma State is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 at home
  • Over is 5-1 in Baylor’s last six Monday contests
  • Over is 6-2 in Oklahoma State’s last eight overall and 8-1 in its last nine on Monday
  • Road team is 13-4-2 ATS in the last 19 series meetings
  • Last month’s meeting at Baylor stayed Under the total, ending a 5-0 Over streak in this rivalry

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