NCAA Basketball Picks Kansas vs. Baylor +4

Jeff Grant

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 1:19 PM GMT

Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014 1:19 PM GMT

The Baylor Bears and Kansas Jayhawks are two of the more imposing teams in terms of height in the country, as they prepare to close out their regular season series Tuesday. Let’s take a closer look at the NCAA basketball betting lines for this Big 12 Conference showdown at the Ferrell Center, with the opening tip scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

Back to reality

Kansas had its seven-game winning streak snapped last Saturday, as it suffered a 81-69 defeat to the Texas Longhorns as four-point road favorites, while going OVER the betting total for a fifth consecutive contest.

The Jayhawks are still shooting a Big 12-best 50.3 percent from the floor—outshooting 18 of 21 opponents during the 2013-14 campaign.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the program is 5-2 SUATS off a loss against a conference rival.

Trying to do something for the first time

Baylor is looking to win back-to-back games against AP-ranked teams for the first time in school history, as it tallied a 76-70 victory over the Oklahoma State Cowboys as 11.5-point road underdogs in the NCAA basketball odds last Saturday.

The Bears are 4-20 SU all-time against the Jayhawks, but they’ve split the last four meetings in this series.

Since the 2011-12 campaign, the squad is 10-8 SU and 8-10 ATS in February, with no clear edge in terms of the betting total (8-8 Over/Under).

Youthful 

The Jayhawks starting lineup averages 19.4 years of age, with the group comprising of three freshmen, a sophomore and a junior.

It’s important to point out that Kansas freshmen account for 61.4 percent of the team’s scoring, with most of the attention centered around guard Andrew Wiggins, who is averaging a team-high 16.0 points a contest.

Need to lead at the break

The Bears have an opportunity of pulling off a slight upset in this spot if they go into the break with a lead, as they’ve captured 53 of 56 games when outscoring their opponents in the opening 20 minutes of a game.

Baylor has four of five probable starters averaging in double figures, with junior forward Cory Jefferson leading the way at 12.5 points a contest.

 Read our sportsbook reviews before placing your bets!

Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Bears as one of their NCAA basketball picks, as long as starting point guard Kenny Chery returns to the floor from an ankle injury.

The underdog improves to 4-1-1 ATS in the last six meetings in this series.

Pick: Baylor Bears +4

[gameodds]14/256750/?r-1=43-19-349/us[/gameodds]

comment here