The Big Twelve is ready for what might be the main event of its regular season when undefeated No. 2 Baylor heads to Austin to face the No. 6 Texas Longhorns. Let’s see their NCAAB odds.
Baylor Bears vs. Texas Longhorns
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Tuesday, February 2, 2021 – 9:00 PM ET at Frank Erwin Center
The Big Twelve has six teams in the Top 25, including three in the Top 10. One of the top power conferences in the nation, it may be dishing up the main event of its regular season schedule on Tuesday night in Austin, Texas.
Undefeated Baylor, the No. 2 team in the nation at 16-0, 8-0 in conference, faces its stiffest test, on the road, with a trip to the No. 6 Texas Longhorns.
Baylor was scheduled to face No. 1 Gonzaga earlier this year, but that showdown was called off due to COVID issues. So the Bears will need to be content with facing a team that just slid out of the Top Five yesterday, when the Longhorns fell to No. 6. The first Texas-Baylor game, scheduled for Waco in December, was postponed and has yet to be rescheduled, so this will be the first meeting between the two powers.
Texas is 11-3, 5-2 in the Big Twelve. The Horns lost just one of their first 11 games, current No. 3 Villanova by four, but Texas has fallen on hard times recently with two losses in their last three, both at home. Texas Tech topped Texas by two, and Oklahoma pulled out a one-point win last time out.
Bears Roll Along
Baylor finished a month of January that might rank with among the most challenging of the season, and the Bears did it without breaking a sweat. Baylor’s eight wins include a 15-point home win over Oklahoma, currently ranked No. 9 in the country, an eight-point road win over Texas Tech, currently No. 13, and an eight-point win over Kansas, currently No. 23. The Bears capped the month with a 12-point win over Auburn in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge.
The Bears lead the nation with a 43.4 percent shooting accuracy on three-point attempts. They’ll be tested by a Longhorns’ perimeter defense that allows foes to hit just 28.4 percent of threes, good for No. 14 in the country.
Baylor showed it’s much more than a three-point team, however. When Auburn limited the Bears to 11-of-30 from outside, Baylor was able to rely on a suffocating defense to cruise to a double-digit win.
Baylor is also a deep team and leaned on its bench against the Tigers, when Auburn shut down the Bears’ three top players.
Adam Flagler had 19 points and played shut-down defense, while Matthew Mayer had 13 points, including a dunk that sparked the team.
Getting Past COVID
The Longhorns’ recent slump coincides with the team’s bout with COVID. In the team’s loss to Oklahoma last week, Texas was without two starters, a bench player and head coach Shaka Smart. One recent Texas workout featured just two players able to participate.
The Longhorns have had three of their last four games called off due to testing and tracking, including Saturday’s scheduled SEC/Big Twelve Challenge game against Kentucky.
Smart didn’t just have exposure and need to sit out a quarantine, the coach said he suffered “significant symptoms from it. So this was not a walk in the park for me. I’m not saying it has been for anyone else.'
Everyone was able to practice on Sunday, the first time in 19 days the full Longhorns team has been able to assemble.
Texas should get a boost from having its coach and key players back. The Longhorns will also get additional emotion from playing in front of a home crowd for the first time this year. Texas is allowing a limited number of fans in the Erwin Center, and an estimated 2,400 people are expected to be courtside for the big game.
Texas Tech Vs Baylor Prediction
The Longhorns will be the toughest defense Baylor has faced this year. Texas is almost as good at defending two-point shots as it is threes—No. 17 in the country. The Longhorns should also be able to match up with Baylor on the boards.
On the betting sites, look for the game to go down to the wire with a razor-thin margin, which should help Texas cover as a big home dog.
NCAAB Pick: Texas +5.5 (-110) with Bovada (visit our Bovada Review)
*The pick reflects the line at the moment the writer made the play, the odds at the beginning of this article show the live line movement. Since the lines might vary, don’t forget to refer back to our live odds.