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No. 1 Ranked Baylor An Underdog To West Virginia

Baylor may be one of just two undefeated teams in the nation and the Bears may be outscoring teams by an average of 16.4 points per game, but they are entering their contest against West Virginia on Tuesday as an underdog. The Bears have closed as an underdog once this season, against Louisville, in a game they ultimately won 66-63.

Shark Bites
  • Baylor is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games against West Virginia.
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of the past 6 games between Baylor and West Virginia.
  • West Virginia is 12-5 ATS in its last 17 games as favorite.

Baylor faces an absolutely brutal week, visiting two ranked teams in West Virginia and Kansas State. Baylor is 4-0 SU and ATS in its four games against ranked opponents this season while sporting an average scoring margin of plus-12.5. Johnathan Motley has been unstoppable of late, as the junior has recorded four consecutive double-doubles while averaging 15.5 points and 11.5 rebounds in that span.

Press Virginia has been wreaking havoc on opposing offenses all season long, as the Mountaineers are holding the opposition to 61.4 ppg and forcing a nation-high 24.3 turnovers per game. Jevon Carter has been the most consistent scorer for West Virginia with the junior notching double-digit points in six consecutive outings.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Betting fans looking to back the Baylor Bears before tip-off in this one found them as 5.5-point underdogs over at Bovada earlier.

Baylor Bears vs West Virginia Mountaineers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The West Virginia Mountaineers are 13-2 so far on the season, and 8-4 ATS vs the number. The Baylor Bears, meanwhile, are 15-0 and 7-5 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen West Virginia go 6-6 and the Baylor Bears go 5-7 on betting totals.

The West Virginia Mountaineers sit at No. 1 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Baylor Bears sit at No. 17 on the same chart.

Statistical Matchup

When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Baylor Bears rank No. 89 in NCAA Basketball Division 1 with 38.47 per game. That compares with West Virginia’s No. 82 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where West Virginia is college basketball's No. 130-ranked team at 7.6 per game, while the Baylor Bears rate No. 195 with 6.6 per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Bears got 17 points from Manu Lecomte as Baylor ran past Oklahoma State 61-57 on Saturday at Ferrell Center.

The Mountaineers got 22 points from Daxter Miles Jr. as West Virginia ran past TCU 82-70 on Saturday at WVU Colliseum.

Betting Trends
  • Baylor is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • Baylor is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Baylor is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Baylor's last 5 games on the road
  • West Virginia is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games
  • West Virginia is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
  • West Virginia is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Baylor
  • West Virginia is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games when playing Baylor

Next Betting Matchups

Baylor at Kansas State, Saturday, January 14th
West Virginia at Texas, Saturday, January 14th

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