NCAA Basketball High/Low Picks For Tuesday, January 17

Matthew Jordan

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 1:21 AM UTC

Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017 1:21 AM UTC

Welcome to SBR's (mostly) daily High/Low story featuring a look around college basketball. We will give you a preview of the game with the biggest spread and also the one with the shortest odds on the board as of this writing. It's a Big 12 & SEC game, respectively, Tuesday.

Texas At No. 6 Baylor (-14)

The Bears' stay at No. 1 in the nation, their first trip to the top of the polls in school history, lasted only one week as Baylor was rocked at West Virginia last Tuesday. BU did bounce back with an impressive 77-68 victory at No. 25 Kansas State on Saturday. Kansas State held a two-point lead with 10 minutes to go. From that point, Baylor outscored the Wildcats 32-21. Baylor star Johnathan Motley, a Big 12 Player of the Year candidate, was held to seven points and nine rebounds before fouling out with 4:34 left. But his teammates held on. It ended a streak of three straight home victories for the Wildcats, who were slight favorites on NCAA basketball odds, over ranked teams. It was K-State’s first home loss of the season.

Texas lost its third straight game Saturday, 74-72 at home to No. 10 WVU. UT played without leading scorer Tevin Mack, who was suspended indefinitely for an unspecified violation of team rules. Five of Texas' losses have been by three points or less. This is just UT's fourth true road game of the season and it's 0-3, losing in competitive games at Michigan, K-State and Iowa State.

A Baylor win would tie the best record through 18 games in program history (17-1 in 2011-12). The Bears are 11-7 vs. Texas since snapping a 24-game series losing streak in 2009. BU has won 11 straight at home. The Horns are 1-5 ATS in the past six meetings.

NCAAB Free Pick: Baylor -14Best Line Offered: BetOnline

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Tennessee At Ole Miss (+1.5)

Doesn't appear as if either of these SEC teams will make the Big Dance come March. The Vols are 9-8 after ending a three-game losing streak Saturday with an 87-75 upset win at Vanderbilt. Freshman Jordan Bone led five players in double figures with a season-best 23 points. UT had 48 second-half points (41 for Vandy) and shot 64.0 percent from the floor after intermission with just one turnover and nine assists.  The 87 points were UT's most ever at Vanderbilt. Tennessee had just one true road win last year but has three in 2016-17.

The Rebels have dropped two straight and four of five. They used only eight players in Saturday’s 67-56 loss at South Carolina. Ole Miss junior point guard Deandre Burnett, the SEC’s third-leading scorer at 18.0 ppg, was sidelined with a high ankle sprain. He's questionable for Tuesday.  Senior Sebastian Saiz recorded his 20th career double-double with 13 points and 15 boards at South Carolina and has 11 double-doubles this season, which leads the SEC. Saiz leads the SEC and ranks sixth in the nation pulling down 11.7 rebounds a game and needs 12 points for 1,000 career.

The Vols have dropped five of their last six games against Ole Miss and have won just once in their past six trips Oxford. The home team has won 10 of the last 13 regular season meeting dating back to 2005. But the road team is 5-1 ATS in the past six meetings.

NCAAB Free Pick; Tennessee -1.5Best Line Offered: BookMaker

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