Big 12 Conference Odds Report: The Bears are at 22… Can the Jayhawks Stop Them?
By: Brent Booher
No. 1 Baylor (23-1, 12-0 Big 12) continued their winning ways last week with a 52-45 victory in Austin over the reeling Texas Longhorns and a 70-59 win over then No. 14
West Virginia on Saturday.
The pair of victories has Baylor’s winning streak all the way up to 22-games, with the Bears last loss coming all the way back on November 8 against Washington.
The 22-game winning streak is not only the longest winning streak in school history, it’s the longest winning streak in conference history as well.
The Bears remained undefeated and all alone in first-place in the conference, however their long-anticipated showdown with No. 3 Kansas (22-3, 11-1 Big 12) comes on Saturday in a game that will go a long way towards deciding the regular season champion.
Baylor’s tenacious defense was again on display Saturday, as they held West Virginia without a field-goal in the second half until the 9:50 mark and built up a 28-point lead.
If the Bears can avoid a slip-up against the Sooners on Tuesday, Baylor can all but seal the regular season championship with a victory over Kansas on Saturday.
Oddsmakers remain very bullish on the boys from Waco, as they remain the short favorites to win the Big XII Conference Tournament (Big 12 Odds: +150).
The odds for Baylor to land a 1-seed have moved to -200, with their odds to win the National Championship at +1100.
February 18: at Oklahoma (16-9, 6-6 Big 12); February 22: vs. #3 Kansas (22-3, 11-1 Big 12)
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Don’t Look Now, but The Jayhawks Odds Are Also Soaring
Baylor’s not the only Big 12 team currently enjoying a double-digit winning streak, as No. 3 Kansas (22-3, 11-1 Big 12) extended their own winning streak to 10 with an impressive 58-49 come-from-behind win on the road against West Virginia last Wednesday, and a 17-point thumping of Oklahoma on Saturday.
As a result, Bill Self’s Jayhawks stayed within a game of first of Baylor with their rematch looming this weekend.
Kansas was once again paced by Wooden Award Finalist Devon Dotson, and with their 11-1 start in conference play, the Jayhawks are off to their best Big 12 start in a decade.
Very impressive considering Kansas has also played the toughest schedule in the nation.
From a betting perspective, the Jayhawks are the second-best favorite to win the Big 12 tournament at +200.
This is potentially great value considering the historic success Bill Self has had playing in this tournament.
However, despite Baylor defeating Kansas by 11 on their home floor earlier this season, oddsmakers still believe Kansas is the slightly better favorite to win the National Championship at +900.
February 17: vs. Iowa State (11-14, 4-8 Big 12); February 22: at #1 Baylor (23-1, 12-0 Big 12)
West Virginia Goes 0-2 Against Big 12 Elite
No. 17 West Virginia (18-7, 6-6 Big 12) had the toughest schedule in the country last week, as they got the unfortunate scheduling break of getting Kansas and Baylor in the same week.
Judging by the previous two passages in this report, you can quickly get a guess for how those two matchups went for the Mountaineers, as Huggy’s boys suffered a 58-49 home loss to #3 Kansas and a 70-59 road loss to #1 Baylor that was never close.
These two losses came after a 69-59 loss to Oklahoma on February 8, and suddenly WVU finds themselves in fourth-place in the Big 12.
Of particular concern for Mountaineer fans is how poorly West Virginia has placed outside of Morgantown. WVU is now just 1-5 on the road in conference play, and has looked like an entirely different unit when they’ve hit the road this season.
Oddsmakers haven’t completely ruled out a March run in the Big 12 Tourney, as they are still listed at +400 to win the conference tournament. They’re not as confident about an NCAA Tournament run however, as the Mountaineers are listed at +3000 to win the title.
February 18: vs. Oklahoma State (13-12, 3-9 Big 12); February 22: at TCU (14-11, 5-7 Big 12)
Texas Tech Leaps into Third-Place Despite Bad Loss to Cowboys
After winning four of five and climbing back into the Top 25, Texas Tech (16-9, 7-5 Big 12) went to Stillwater on Saturday and were delivered a 73-70 road loss.
The loss all but eliminated the Red Raiders from a last grasp attempt at another Big 12 regular season title, but their at-large standing in the NCAA Tournament did not suffer too terrible a blow.
However, thanks to West Virginia’s difficult week, the Red Raiders actually moved up the standings and now find themselves all alone in third-place.
Texas Tech will have a chance to pad their win column some more as they are set to host last-place Kansas State on Wednesday before heading to Ames to face Iowa State on Saturday.
Oddsmakers remain doubtful of Chris Beard’s chances to win the Big 12 Conference Tournament, as indicated by their ACC Odds at +650.
February 19: vs. Kansas State (9-16, 2-10 Big 12); February 22: at Iowa State (11-14, 4-8 Big 12)
Big 12 Odds and Big 12 Betting Nuggets
- Baylor is 5-2 ATS in L7 games
- Kansas UNDER is 6-0 in road conference play
- Texas Tech OVER is 5-2 in L7 games
- West Virginia is 1-5 ATS in L6 games; UNDER is 6-1 in L7 games
- Oklahoma is 4-1 ATS in L5 games
- TCU is 1-6 ATS in L7 games
- Texas UNDER is 5-1-1 in L7 games
- Iowa State is 2-4 ATS in L6 games
- Oklahoma State is 4-0 ATS in L4 games
- Kansas State OVER is 7-3 in L10 games