Baylor Bears vs Kansas Jayhawks - Picks Of The Day, February 1st

Joe Catalano

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 7:44 PM UTC

Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017 7:44 PM UTC

Fresh off of their win over the Kentucky WIldcats, Frank Mason III and the Kansas Jayhawks are faced with another very tough test in the form of the #2 team in the country in the Baylor Bears. While Baylor has lost just 1 game all season long, odds makers give the Jayhawks the nod as a 7 point home betting favorite. Is Baylor the great value that they appear to be?

  #2 Baylor Bears vs #3 Kansas Jayhawks Huge Game For Both Squads

Indeed it is as the Baylor Bears have really been a tough team to score against. They've allowed just 61.1 points per game. This could present a problem for senior guard Frank Mason III, who has been a reliable source of offense all season long for the Jayhawks.

Mason III is coming off of a 21 point performance in the recent win over Kentucky and at 19.9 points per game and an eye popping 51.6% from 3-point range (from Mason III), something has to give and this should be a hard fought battle. My initial thoughts are that Baylor will be effective defensively, but Mason III will still find a way to be productive as this is a statement game of two of the top teams in the nation.

With a 5-1 record against AP Top 25 squads, Baylor has proven that they're the real deal. They possess wins over Oregon, Michigan State, Louisville, Xavier, and Kansas State. Will Kansas be #6?

 Johnathan Motley

While Baylor relies heavily on their defense, they also rely on the play of junior forward, Johnathan Motley. Motley won't win many 3-point shooting contests, but he's a big 6 foot 10, 230 pound force in the middle that should present problems for the Kansas defense.

In his last 4 games, Motley is averaging 22 points and 11.5 rebounds per game thanks to a 32 point, 20 rebound effort against Texas 2 weeks ago. Look for Motley to elevate his game tonight as Baylor need's his production.

This is a game that should go down to the wire. With the outstanding defense that Baylor possesses, 7 points is too much for Kansas to lay despite their recent victory over Kentucky.

 Free NCAAB Pick: Baylor Bears +7Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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