NCAA Basketball Picks: Kansas vs. Baylor

Joe Freda

Saturday, March 9, 2013 4:17 PM GMT

Saturday, Mar. 9, 2013 4:17 PM GMT

The Jayhawks have reeled off seven straight wins, cashing with a 7-0 spread record.Will the Jayhawks stay hot as short ‘chalk’ here or can Baylor stop its rival’s cashing streak?

Bill Self’s squad heads south for Saturday’s regular-season finale with the Baylor Bears, who have notched 74.5 PPG in their last four home dates.

Jayhawks smother Texas Tech

Kansas’ latest win came in Monday’s 79-42 victory over the Texas Tech Red Raiders, collecting as 24-point basketball odds favorites. The Jayhawks connected from the floor at a 53.3 percent clip, while outrebounding their visitors, 43-21.

Jayhawks center Jeff Withey piled in team-highs of 22 points and nine boards, hitting 8-of-9 field buckets. Kansas’ Elijah Johnson logged 12 of his squad’s 18 assists, while the Jayhawks sank 29-of-36 free throws.

The lopsided affair’s 121 points dipped below the ‘total’ of 138, moving the UNDER to 3-2-1 in the Jayhawks’ last six games. Withey added four blocks, while both sides were held to a combined 3-of-26 mark beyond the arc.

Bears, Jackson fall short in Austin

Baylor logged its fifth loss in six games with Monday’s 79-70 defeat as a one-point road favorite to the Texas Longhorns. The Bears allowed Texas to hit 50 percent of its floor shots, including a 9-for-23 clip from three-point land.

Bears guard Pierre Jackson notched 22 points, while logging eight assists. Baylor’s Cory Jefferson and Isaiah Austin united for 14 boards, with Jefferson adding three of his side’s four blocks.

The contest’s combined 149 points leaped above the ‘total’ of 139, lifting the OVER to 5-2 in the Bears’ last seven duels. Baylor drilled 15-of-22 free throws, while held to a 40.4 percent field shooting mark.

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Back Kansas on the road

Bookmaker.eu opened Kansas as a three-point road favorite, while first posting the ‘total’ at 138. Both squads will be off until Thursday, resuming action in the Big 12 Tournament’s Quarterfinals.

I am adding a ticket on Kansas as part of Saturday’s sports picks, looking for a sizable victory on the road. The Jayhawks  are 6-0 ATS in their last six trips to Waco, while the road team has cashed with a 13-2 spread record in the last 15 meetings between these rivals.

Kansas notched a 61-44 victory over the Bears, two months ago, holding Jackson and Co. to a sparse 23.2 percent night from the floor. The Jayhawks came away with 13 blocked shots, with guard Ben MeLemore notching team-highs of 17 points and eight boards.

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Withey leads the Big 12 in blocks (4 BPG), while among the conference’s top three for rebounding (8.6 RPG). Look for the senior to outhustle Austin and Jefferson, who will see less missed shots from the Jayhawks this time around than January’s low-octane affair.

Baylor is 4-9 ATS in its last 13 home dates, while logging a 0-4 spread record in its last four matchups against squads with winning records. Look for the Bears to be handed another losing ticket here. Take Kansas for your NCAA Basketball Picks as they keep their momentum going into the postseason with a statement win.

NCAA Basketball Pick: Kansas Jayhawks -3 (Bookmaker.eu)

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