Big 12 Conference Odds Report: No. 1 Baylor Keeps on Rolling
After defeating Kansas State and Oklahoma State last week, Baylor (21-1 overall) continued their dominance of the Big 12 and moved to 10-0 in conference play.
The Bears remained at No. 1 overall in both the AP and Coaches Polls and continued on their path towards conference perfection as their rematch with No. 3 Kansas looms in two weeks.
This week though, they will need to avoid an upset in Austin (Feb. 10) at the hands of Texas before returning to Waco on Saturday (Feb. 15) to face West Virginia.
From a gambling point of view, the Bears failed to cover the spread in either of their two conference matchups last week, but are still a scorching hot 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games.
Oddsmakers continue to have Baylor as short favs to win the Big 12 Conference Tournament at +150.
They are currently listed at +110 to earn a 1-seed in March and are listed at +1100 to win the NCAA Tournament.
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Kansas Jayhawks Odds: Rock Chalk Jayhawk Not Going Away Quietly
The Jayhawks ran off 14 straight regular-season conference championships for a reason – they have long owned the Big 12.
It should not be anyone’s surprise then that the Jayhawks (20-3, 9-1 Big 12) have been on a tear since their stunning home loss to the aforementioned Baylor Bears, winning 8-straight games and showing signs they’re slowly coming together just in time for March.
Kansas handed Shaka Smart’s Texas team a 69-58 loss on Monday before defeating Jamie Dixon’s TCU Horned Frogs 60-46 in Fort Worth.
The Jayhawks biggest test, since that loss to Baylor, comes on Wednesday (Feb. 12) when Kansas travels to Morgantown for a date with West Virginia (more on them shortly).
From a betting perspective, the Jayhawks continue to be a befuddling team to wager on, particularly at home where they are just 5-7 ATS this season.
When Kansas goes on the road though, they’re a fantastic 8-3 ATS.
This week, oddsmakers have the Jayhawks listed at +225 to win the Big 12 Tournament when it tips off in March. They also have Kansas listed at +120 to land a 1-see and at +1000 to win the National Championship.
West Virginia Odds: Can the Mountaineers Alter the Big 12 Race This Week
If the Mountaineers could play all their games in Morgantown, they may never lose.
Unfortunately for Bob Huggins, that’s not possible, and once again West Virginia (18-5, 6-4 Big 12) suffered a bad conference road loss, this time at the hands of Oklahoma 69-59.
And while the regular season championship is likely out of reach now, West Virginia can still greatly impact the outcome of that race as this week’s schedule pits the Mountaineers against #3 Kansas on Wednesday (Feb. 12), before heading to Waco on Saturday (Feb. 15) for a post-Valentine’s Day date with No. 1 Baylor.
Oddsmakers still respect the Mountaineers enough to have them listed at +400 to win the conference tournament, good for the third-best odds to win the March event.
If you believe WVU can capture some of that “Country Roads” magic in the NCAA Tournament, they are currently priced at +3000 to cut down the nets in Atlanta.
Texas Tech Odds: Are the Red Raiders the Sleeper to Watch?
We’ve been waiting all season for Chris Beard’s Red Raiders (15-8, 6-4 Big 12) to make a move in the Big 12, and that move may be happening right now.
24th ranked Texas Tech moved back into the polls this week following wins over Oklahoma and Texas and has since picked up momentum by winning 3 of their last 4 games.
Texas Tech returns to Lubbock on Monday to host TCU in a game that once again carries a lot of importance towards Texas Tech’s attempt to get back into the NCAA Tournament.
Their chances to chase down Baylor and Kansas at the top of the conference are likely somewhere between slim and none, but Texas Tech has all the signs of a team that’s getting dangerous just in time for a March push.
Oddsmakers seem to agree, as they have Tech listed at +650 to win the Big 12 tournament, with the next closest team being Texas at +2000.
Big 12 Betting Notes
- Baylor is 8-3 ATS in last 11 games (0-2 ATS last week)
- Kansas UNDER is 10-1 in Jayhawks road games
- West Virginia is 5-1 ATS in conference home games, 2-3 ATS in conference away games
- Texas Tech is 3-1 ATS last four games
- Oklahoma is 5-2 ATS last seven games; UNDER is 9-2 last 11 games
- Texas UNDER is 4-1 last five games
- TCU is 1-7 ATS last eight games
- Iowa State is 3-5 ATS last eight games
- Kansas State is 4-1 ATS since loss to Kansas on Jan. 21
- Oklahoma State is 3-8 ATS last 11 games