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March Madness - NCAA Basketball Odds: Georgia State Panthers vs Baylor Bears

Georgia State Panthers


Baylor Bears
Thursday, March 19, 2015 1:40 PM ET
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena

The third-seeded Baylor Bears will meet the 14th-seeded Georgia State Panthers as solid favorites in a second-round West Region matchup of the NCAA Tournament. The Bears have won their last five games as favorites this season, and they enjoyed a run to the Sweet 16 in last year’s Big Dance.

They were favored by nearly 10 points early in the week at BetDSI.

Baylor lost to the top-seeded Kansas Jayhawks 62-52 in the semifinals of the Big 12 Tournament as a 1.5-point underdog after defeating the West Virginia Mountaineers and Texas Tech Red Raiders in their previous two games at home. Last year, Baylor opened the NCAA Tournament by beating the Nebraska Cornhuskers 74-60 as a 3.5-point favorite.

Georgia State will be playing in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2001, when the Panthers upset the sixth-seeded Wisconsin Badgers 50-49 as 7-point underdogs in their first game before falling to the third-seeded Maryland Terrapins 79-60 as 12.5-point dogs in their second. The Sun Belt champions are riding a five-game winning streak into the Big Dance but have failed to cover their last two, including an ugly 38-36 victory against the Georgia Southern Eagles as 6.5-point chalk in the tourney title game.

Georgia State Panthers vs Baylor Bears Odds and Stats.

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Supporters of the Georgia State Panthers have watched them go 24-9 and 15-16-1 ATS on the college basketball season, while the Baylor Bears are at 24-9 and 16-13 ATS. In totals betting, the Baylor Bears are 15-14, while the Georgia State Panthers have a 12-13 mark.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Baylor Bears at No. 33 and the Georgia State Panthers at No. 8 heading into this college basketball betting matchup.

How Georgia State Panthers vs Baylor Bears Stats Matchup

In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Baylor's No. 8-rated squad against Georgia State's No. 185-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Baylor rates No. 74 in the country with 6.94 per game, while their foes tonight, the Georgia State Panthers rank No. 225 nationally with 4.94 per match.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Georgia State earned a 38-36 victory over Georgia Southern on Sunday, getting 18 points from Kevin Ware at Lakefront Arena.

Baylor got 20 points from Kenny Chery but lost anyway, 62-52, to Kansas on Friday at Sprint Center.

Betting Trends:

Georgia State ended year on 13-2 SU run

Georgia State 0-5 SU and ATS past five games as underdog

Three seeds 19-11 ATS vs 14s since 2007

Baylor 2-0 SU vs 14 seeds, both games went UNDER