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How and what to watch for No. 2 Baylor vs. No. 5 Texas

Baylor continues to roll through college basketball undefeated, while Texas is going through COVID-19 issues.

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Mark Vital and Jared Butler of the Baylor Bears high five during the first half of the college basketball game against the Texas Tech Red Raiders at United Supermarkets Arena on January 16, 2021 in Lubbock, Texas. Photo by John E. Moore III/Getty Images

One of the biggest games of the Big 12 basketball season is set to take place on Tuesday night when the Baylor Bears head on the road to take on the Texas Longhorns.

Baylor (16-0, 8-0 Big 12) might just be the best college basketball team in the country this year, and they’ve been impressive in keeping that zero in the loss column all year. Consistency is what makes for a deep NCAA Tournament run, and Baylor has that. The Bears rank inside the top three in both adjusted offensive and defensive efficiency. They have won each of their last three games by double digits, and they never seem to have an off game.

Texas (11-3, 5-2 Big 12) has put together a really impressive season, but the Longhorns find themselves in a tough spot. Texas saw three of their last four games canceled or postponed due to COVID-19 issues. It remains to be seen who will be available for the Longhorns, as Brock Cunningham, Courtney Ramey and Jerico Sims did not play the previous game, an 80-79 home loss to the Oklahoma Sooners. In addition, head coach Shaka Smart tested positive for the coronavirus.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch Baylor vs. Texas on Tuesday, February 2nd at 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN, or you can watch via the ESPN app with a cable or streaming service login. If you don’t have a cable login to access the app, you can get a free trial from YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, AT&T TV Now, FuboTV, or Sling TV to stream it.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends (Updated 5:30 p.m.)

Point spread: -5.5
Point total: 145.5
Money line: Baylor -230, Texas +188

  • Baylor is 12-4 against the spread this season and 16-0 straight up, while Texas is 1-4 against the spread in their last five.
  • Baylor is 10-4 against the spread in their last 14 games against Texas.
  • The total went over in each of Texas’ last seven games, and Baylor hit the over in four of the last five.

Betting Splits (Updated 5:30 p.m.)

Baylor: 62% of handle, 77% of bets
Texas: 38% of handle, 23% of bets

The Best Bet

Laying five on the road against the No. 5 team in America shows how good Baylor is. And they deserve it, as no one has come within eight of beating them this season. That holds tonight as well.

Pick: Baylor -5

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