The Baylor Bears are set to face the Texas Longhorns. Check out our college basketball odds series, which includes our Baylor Texas prediction, odds, and pick.

The Baylor Bears are a tremendously tough team. They are without forward Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua for the rest of the season. Various players have been in and out of the lineup with injuries. L.J. Cryer, one of the team’s best scorers, is currently hurt. Jeremy Sochan was injured earlier in the season. Adam Flagler has been injured during the meat of the Big 12 season. College basketball odds analysts know that coach Scott Drew has constantly had to juggle his rotation and fit pieces together without a whole roster. His ability to keep Baylor in the hunt for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament speaks to how much Drew has improved as a head coach over the past five years. Drew was simply not this good a coach in 2012 or 2014. He had to learn how to be a better coach and went through several years of struggle before the light really went on. This is something to keep in mind when making a Baylor Texas prediction. Baylor has a level of resourcefulness which is hard to top in college hoops.

The Bears, dealing with injuries, won on the road at Oklahoma State and then at home against Kansas last week. They trailed Oklahoma State by seven at halftime and trailed Kansas by more than 10 points in the first half on Saturday. They won both games. This is an extremely difficult team to kill. The Bears make themselves a tough out because they regularly have a response to adverse situations and significant problems. The Baylor Texas odds favor Baylor on the road because the Bears have earned respect as the defending national champions of college basketball, and also as a team which takes punches and doesn’t flinch.

The Texas Longhorns are not a top-three team in the Big 12, but they are not an easy team to deal with because coach Chris Beard gets his guys to play with energy and passion. Texas needs more high-end scoring. The Longhorns do go through too many long scoring droughts, the kind of thing which can leave them vulnerable to Baylor (which beat Texas in Waco a few weeks ago) or Texas Tech (which swept Texas this season). However, Texas still wins its share of battles. The Longhorns beat Kansas at home. They beat Tennessee at home. They are a good team in a great Big 12 Conference. Don’t forget that point when formulating a Baylor Texas pick.

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Courtesy of FanDuel, here are the Baylor-Texas odds:

College Basketball Odds: Baylor-Texas Odds

Baylor: -1.5 (-110)

Texas: +1.5 (-110)

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Over: 135 (-110)

Under: 135 (-110)

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Why Baylor Could Cover the Spread

The Bears just beat Kansas after trailing by more than 10 points. They regularly find a way to win difficult games. With the spread being so small, this game is almost a pick’em. Baylor outright is a solid pick to make. As long as Baylor wins by more than one point, it covers.

Why Texas Could Cover the Spread

The Longhorns beat Kansas at home, and Baylor is coming off a very emotional win over Kansas which might leave the Bears overcooked and exhausted.

Final Baylor-Texas Prediction & Pick

It will be hard for Baylor — which is shorthanded — to play with maximum energy for 40 minutes after the war against Kansas. Baylor will play well for 30 minutes, but not the whole game. Texas can outlast the Bears down the stretch.

Final Baylor-Texas Pick: Texas +1.5