Texas Southern vs. Baylor Pick
Will No. 21 be challenged by winless Texas Southern when the two meet up tonight at 8:30PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Baylor is favored heavily at home. The Bears are getting odds of -19.5 points against Texas Southern. The over/under total for this game is listed at 141.5 points. Tonight’s games takes place from the Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas and will air live on ESPN2.
Texas Southern is 0-9 to open the season, playing all nine games on the road. The most recent loss was 74-68 at Oregon. Despite the 0-9 record, the Tigers are 2-0 against the spread so far. Texas Southern is putting up 72.9 points per game on offense while allowing 87.2 per contest. Demontrae Jefferson is averaging 22 points per game to lead the Tigers while Donte Clark is putting up 17.3 points and 6.1 rebounds per game.
Baylor is coming off a 105-82 win over Randall University this past weekend to improve to 7-2 on the season. The Bears are 2-2 against the spread this season, failing to cover in their last two lined games. Baylor is averaging 74.9 points per game on offense while allowing 62.2 per contest. Manu Lecomte is leading the team with 16.6 points per game while Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. is adding 13.9 points and 10.1 rebounds per contest. Terry Maston is out indefinitely with a hand injury. He was averaging 11.7 points and 7.7 rebounds per game.
Baylor has won eight straight meetings with Texas Southern, but the two have split their last two lined games at the betting window. Baylor is dealing with some injuries tonight, but the difference in this game should be defense. Texas Southern struggles to make stops while the Baylor defense has been doing a very good job this season. The public betting is backing Baylor in this game and I think the Bears will be able to pull away early and cruise to a cover.
CBB DAILY PREDICTION: BAYLOR -19.5