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Longhorns open as college hoops underdog vs Bears

Texas LonghornsBaylor Bears
15-4January 25, 2014, 01:30 | Ferrell Center13-5

Baylor looks to cover the Bears-Longhorns pointspread on Saturday and improve its overall 13-5 mark when they host Texas in college basketball wagering action.

The Longhorns will look to vanquish their hosts on Saturday, as they are 9-7 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Bears are 4-8 ATS. Texas is 9-7 against the total, while Baylor is 7-5 versus the number.

View Texas Longhorns vs Baylor Bears Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as BetOnline had set the Bears as -6-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. It may have moved, check for updates.

This game puts the Bears, most recently No. 70 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Longhorns, who rate No. 88 in the latest survey.

Last time out for Texas, they were a 67-64 winner as they battled Kansas State at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 5.5-point favorite. Javan Felix scored 23 points leading the Longhorns to a 67-64 victory over Kansas State at Frank Erwin Center on Tuesday.

Baylor was a 78-68 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Kansas. They failed to cover the 9.5-point spread as underdogs. Brady Heslip scored 19 points in a futile effort to lead the Bears to a win (they lost 78-68 to Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse on Monday).

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Baylor has the nation's No. 53-rated offensive output, at 77.17 PPG. The visiting Longhorns defense ranks No. 165 allowing on average 71.11 PPG. The Bears FG% has averaged 47.52% so far, more than the Longhorns marksmen have achieved on the year, 44.57% per game.

A few Longhorns at Bears trends to consider:
Texas is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Texas is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Texas's last 6 games
Texas is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Baylor is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Baylor is 18-5 SU in its last 23 games
Baylor is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Baylor's last 5 games

Next up:
Texas home to Kansas, Saturday, February 1st
Baylor at West Virginia, Tuesday, January 28th