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Steve Merril

(3% play) BAYLOR -9.5 (vs. Oklahoma State)
8:00 pm ET (espn2) #736
Oklahoma State is 9-4 SU on the season, but the Cowboys have played nothing in terms of competition. Their wins have come against the likes of Long Beach State twice, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Tennessee-Martin, Towson, Longwood, UMKC, and TCU. Oklahoma State is now taking a monumental step-up in class against Baylor in this game, and they are doing so without their leading scorer Phil Forte who will likely miss the rest of the season with an elbow injury. The Cowboys are the Big 12’s least experienced team, and they are trying to mix in junior college transfers. “Junior college players are always better the second year, drastically better,” Oklahoma State head coach Travis Ford said. “They develop a little better habits and they have so much of a better understanding.”

Baylor comes into this game off a 102-74 blowout loss at Kansas on Saturday afternoon. The Jayhawks are the best team in the country, so that loss can be excused. Baylor returns home while taking a huge step-down in class, so this is a terrific bounce back spot for the Bears. Baylor is a perfect 10-0 SU at home where they are averaging 83.2 points per game on 48.6% shooting from the field and 38.4% shooting from three-point land. Baylor’s defense has also been terrific at home; they are holding opponents to just 60.8 points per game on 39.7% shooting from the field and 31.8% shooting from three-point land. Oklahoma State will be playing their first true road game of the season, and this simply a terrible spot for a young team. We’ll lay the points with Baylor in this game on Tuesday night.

Play BAYLOR (-) as a 3% play.