Postseason NIT - Providence Friars take on Bears in NCAA basketball test
Providence Friars vs Baylor Bears Odds
A key college battle sees the visiting Providence Friars travelling to Baylor Wednesday to take on the Bears.
This season, the Bears are 20-14 overall and 14-15 ATS ATS, while the Friars are 19-14 and 15-12-2 ATS against the number. As for the totals, Baylor boasts a 16-11-1 on the OU, and Providence is 17-10.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Bears at No. 19 and the Friars at No. 59 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 78-72 result in favor of the Bears.
How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Baylor has the nation's No. 22-rated offensive output, at 75.9 PPG. The visiting Friars defense ranks No. 117 allowing on average 64.5 PPG. The Bears FG% has averaged 45.7% so far, more than the Friars marksmen have achieved on the year, 41% per game.
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Providence owns the country's No. 196-rated mark, allowing 70.3 points per game on the highway. Baylor, on the other hand, rates No. 26 in scoring at home.
In their last action, Providence was a 77-68 winner at home against Robert Morris. They covered the 8-point spread as favorites. Providence got 21 points from LaDontae Henton en route to a 77-68 victory over Robert Morris on Monday at Dunkin Donuts Center.
Baylor was an 89-86 winner in their most recent outing at home against Arizona State. They failed to cover the 8.5-point spread as favorites. The Bears got a 26-point performance from Pierre Jackson, who added 16 assists, as Baylor ran past Arizona State 89-86 on Friday at Ferrell Center.
A few Friars at Bears trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Providence's last 7 games on the road
Providence is 5-17 SU in its last 22 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Baylor's last 5 games
Baylor is 12-3 SU in its last 15 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Baylor's last 6 games at home