Baylor Bears vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers
The Baylor Bears and the Nebraska Cornhuskers face off on Friday in San Antonio in a first round game in the West Regional of the NCAA Tournament. The Bears are -3.5 point favorites over the Cornhuskers with an over/under point total set at 131.5.
The Baylor Bears had some struggles over the course of the season but they came on late winning 10 of their last 12 games. Baylor is 12-1 in non-conference games and 6-2 in neutral site games. Cory Jefferson leads the Bears averaging 13.5 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. Brady Heslip is averaging 11.8 points, Kenny Cherry is averaging 11.6 points and 5.0 assists, and Isaiah Austin is averaging 11 points and 5.5 rebounds. Baylor is averaging 75.2 points and they are shooting 45.6 percent while defensively they are allowing 68.4 points and their opponents are shooting 42.4 percent. Baylor lost in the Big 12 title game to Iowa State.
The Nebraska Cornhuskers were one of the bigger surprises in the nation this season but they win eight of their last 10 games including three wins over team ranked in the top 25. Nebraska is 8-4 in out of conference games and 1-3 in neutral site games. Terran Petteway leads the Huskers averaging 18.1 points per game. Shavon Shields is averaging 12.7 points and 5.8 rebounds, Walter Pitchford is averaging 9.5 points, and Ray Gallegos is averaging 7.0 points. Nebraska is averaging 67 points and they are shooting 42.7 percent while defensively they are allowing 64.9 points and their opponents are shooting 42 percent. Nebraska has defied the odds for months.
Baylor is 4-1 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the spread, 4-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 8-3-1 against the spread in their last 12 games. Nebraska is 6-1 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the spread, 14-3 against the spread in their last 17 games, and 1-4 against the spread against the Big 12. The underdog has covered the point spread in the last five meetings of these two.
At 131.5 the total looks to be low as both of these teams have guys who can get it in gear from downtown.