NCAA Basketball Picks: Use Capper Set Line to Get Upper Hand on Books in Baylor vs. West Virginia

Saturday, February 7, 2015 3:20 PM UTC

Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015 3:20 PM UTC

Baylor and West Virginia are virtual mirror images of each other, which provides betting value to the home team in this Big 12 matchup Saturday afternoon.

<p><strong>Balanced</strong><br /> All five of Baylor’s starters average between 8.4 and 11.8 points per game, which is important to consider when looking over <a href="" target="_blank" title="NCAA Basketball betting odds">SBR's live college basketball odds</a>, while reserve Taurean Prince leads the squad with 12.1 points a contest.</p> <p>The Bears started the season winning or tying in second-chance points against their first 19 opponents, but they’ve lost that important statistical category in their last three games.</p> <p>It’s important to point out that seven different players have led the school in scoring in 2014-15, with Rico Gathers leading the charge in five affairs.</p> <p>College basketball handicappers will find that the Bears are 3-1-1 ATS in their last five <a href="" target="_blank" title="Our Big 12 Winner Prediction Lies Between Kansas &amp; Iowa State ">Big 12 Conference</a> games.</p> <p style="text-align:center"> </p> <p><strong>Bouncing Back</strong><br /> West Virginia hasn’t lost back-to-back games this season, which can’t be ignored when making your <a href="" target="_blank" title="Free NCAA Basketball Picks">NCAA Basketball picks</a>, as it suffered a <a href="" target="_blank" title="Revisit Our NCAAB Free Pick for West Virginia vs. Oklahoma">71-52 defeat to the Oklahoma Sooners</a> as 5.5-point road underdogs Tuesday.</p> <p>The Mountaineers played without the services of Devin Williams due to an illness in Norman—leaving a big void in the lineup with the sophomore averaging 11.3 points and 8.0 rebounds on the year.</p> <p>Fans that visit the WVU Coliseum Saturday will keep a close eye on the scoreboard, as its favorite team has won all 16 games this season when holding opponents to 69 or fewer points.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Life On the Road</strong><br /> <a href="" target="_blank" title="Baylor Scored Over 23 Points Against Texas Last Month">Baylor Bears</a> are 6-16 SU on the road versus ranked opponents the last eight seasons, which is far better than their forgettable 2-65 mark in that situation before that period.</p> <p>Baylor is averaging just 63.0 points on 38 percent shooting on the road—playing a big part in its 1-2-1 ATS record away from home in Big 12 play.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Plenty of Opportunities</strong><br /> The Mountaineers have taken 377 more shots than their opponents this season, as they lead the nation in steals and offensive rebounds.</p> <p>West Virginia needs a huge performance out of Big 12 Preseason Player of the Year Juwan Staten, who is averaging 14.8 points and 3.1 rebounds per game.</p> <p>The senior scored 16 points on 6 of 16 shooting from the field in a 88-75 setback to Baylor as three-point home favorites in the last meeting in this series.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Outlook</strong><br /> I’ve developed a handicapper line favoring the Mountaineers by 2.5 points, which means sports bettors should lay the points at a number below that level, while backing the Bears at +3 or higher.</p> <p><iframe allowtransparency="true" border="0" frameborder="no" height="140px" id="iframe-odds-widget-2036869707517426" name="iframe-odds-widget-2036869707517426" scrolling="no" src=";timezone=16&amp;theme=article&amp;line-type=spreadntotals.type=whole-game&amp;odds-type=US&amp;books=19,43,227,1096,999996,93,238,123,139&amp;trackers=1409845611531.xml&amp;event-id=361535" style="width:642px;border:medium none;overflow:hidden"></iframe></p>
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