Free NCAA Basketball Picks for Baylor vs. Kansas

Jeff Grant

Monday, January 20, 2014 4:12 PM GMT

Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 4:12 PM GMT

The Kansas Jayhawks have dominated opponents at home when featured on ESPN’s Big Monday broadcast, which isn’t great news for the struggling Baylor Bears. Will the Baylor Bears be able to top the college basketball odds?

Let’s take a closer look at the college basketball lines for this Big 12 Conference matchup at Allen Fieldhouse, with the opening tip scheduled for 9:00 p.m. ET.

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Falling short

Baylor is 1-3 SU/ATS in its last four games, as it attempts to bounce back from a 66-64 defeat to the Oklahoma Sooners as 7.5-point home favorites last Saturday, while going OVER the betting total in three of those contests.

The Bears are shooting 41.9 percent in conference play and yielding a major of 48.2, which is quite different than their 50.4 and 38.8 marks in those respective categories versus non-conference opponents.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the program is 13-12 SU and 11-13 ATS on the road.

Quite a stretch

Kansas has won four consecutive games since suffering a home loss to San Diego State on Jan. 5, as it comes off a 80-78 victory over the Oklahoma State Cowboys as five-point home favorites last Saturday.

The Jayhawks’ four losses have come by a combined 17 points during the 2013-14 campaign, with three of them coming against top-10 teams.

Offensively, the team is shooting a league-best 50.3 percent from the floor, which has led directly to a +9.7 scoring margin.

A nightmare

College basketball handicappers may look to fade the road underdogs in this spot, as the Bears have dropped all 11 previous trips to take on the Jayhawks in Lawrence—losing those games by an average of 16.5 points.

Prior to last season’s win in its final regular-season game of the year, Baylor had lost 12 consecutive regular-season games in the series.

Big Monday

The Jayhawks have won 20-straight Big Monday games at this venue, including all 16 under the direction of head coach Bill Self.

Kansas has four probable starters averaging in double figures, with true freshman guard Andrew Wiggins leading the way at 15.1 points a contest.

NCAA Basketball Betting: 2013-14 Conference Power Rankings

Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Jayhawks for their free college basketball picks, as they’ve gone 8-1 ATS in their last nine home games versus teams with a losing road record.

College Basketball Pick: Kansas Jayhawks -10.5

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