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Odds To Win Big 12 Tournament: Baylor Is The Team To Beat

Jared Butler and the Baylor Bears are large favorites in Big 12 basketball tournament odds.

It’s Big 12 Conference tournament time in the NCAA college basketball season and one team stands above the rest in Big 12 Tournament odds – the Baylor Bears.

The one-loss squad out of Waco, Texas, is listed as the -140 favorite to win the Big 12 Conference basketball tournament. It’s extraordinary how dominant Baylor has been this season, especially considering the Big 12 has seven teams ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 poll.

Every team on the oddsboard has taken a loss vs Baylor this season during conference play, including the Kansas Jayhawks. However, Kansas got some payback at home on February 27 by handing Baylor its first loss of the season. The Jayhawks vaulted up the standings with that win and are second on the board in Big 12 tournament odds at +350.

West Virginia pushed Baylor to the brink when they faced each other in February but the Mountaineers ultimately fell in overtime. WVU is third on the oddsboard in Big 12 Tournament odds at +600.

Oklahoma State and Texas, both at +800, round out the top five betting options. Kansas was the preseason favorite in Big 12 Tournament odds at +150.

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Who Will Win The Big 12 Conference Basketball Tournament?

NCAA Big 12 Conference Basketball Tournament Odds 
TeamOdds
Baylor Bears-140
Kansas Jayhawks+350
West Virginia Mountaineers+600
Oklahoma State Cowboys+800
Texas Longhorns+800
Texas Tech Red Raiders+1500
Oklahoma Sooners+1600
TCU Horned Frogs+25000
Kansas State Wildcats+30000
Iowa State Cyclones+50000

Odds as of March 9 at Bovada

Why is Baylor Favored in Big 12 Basketball Tournament Odds?

Having the best record in conference play might provide the obvious reason why the Baylor Bears are the favorites in Big 12 basketball tournament odds, but when you dig into the stats, they’re clearly the best team in the conference.

Baylor leads all Big 12 teams in scoring (85.4 points per game) while also stepping up on defense by only allowing 65 points per game, which ranks second. That gives the Bears a +20.4 point differential that is hands-down the best in the conference.

Part of what has made this Baylor team so special is the growth and development of its backcourt of Jared Butler and MaCio Teague. The upperclassmen are combining to average just under 30 points per game and the Bears’ overall shooting is a sight to behold. Baylor has three players connecting at over 45 percent from behind the arc while also averaging double digits in points.

The Bears’ small-ball run-and-gun style is so tough to guard for a full 40 minutes that unless an opponent plays solid defense and controls the boards like Kansas did, it’s hard to envision any team in the Big 12 Tournament taking Baylor down.

A team like the Texas Longhorns (+800) may have a better chance in the Big 12 Conference tournament on a neutral court. However, the fact that the Longhorns were at home when they played the Bears on February 2 and still lost by 14 points shows that Baylor isn’t the same team that in previous years would wilt under the pressure. The Bears are 13-1 SU in conference games in 2021 and only Kansas has given them any trouble.