A look at Baylor from a betting perspective
For a while, the Baylor Bears thought they might have been the team going into the national championship game undefeated. They won their first 18 games, but that eighteenth game was a rough one, as they toiled to get by an Iowa State team that went 2-22 on the season. Then they lost by a mile to Kansas.
What happened to them was a forced "break" in February that was caused by the coronavirus. After that hiatus it took them a while to get themselves back on track.
Well, now they are back on track. And so Baylor (27-2 SU, 18-10-1 ATS) have an opportunity to upset the applecart of the Gonzaga Bulldogs (31-0 SU, 17-12-2 ATS) on Monday night at 9:20 PM ET at Lucas Oil Stadium. Clearly these teams bring some impressive won-lost and spread records into the fray.
Here are some other numbers for you. They come by way of BetAnySports, where you can get reduced juice before the game and engage in real-time wagers after it has started:
Gonzaga Bulldogs -4.5
Baylor Bears +4.5
Over 159.5 points -110
Under 159.5 points -110
* One of the most impressive numbers for Baylor is their accuracy from three-point range. They are tops in the nation at 41.2%, and they were pretty hot in their 78-59 semi-final win over Houston, hitting eleven triples in 24 attempts.
* Interestingly, only 38.5% of Baylor's shots have come from three-point territory.
* KenPom.com, an authority in the world of basketball analytics, ranks Baylor second in the category of "Adjusted Offensive Efficiency," right behind Gonzaga.
* Baylor is known to hit the offensive glass with abandon. They are ranked sixth in the nation, in fact, in Offensive Rebounding Percentage, grabbing 36.9% of their opponents' misses.
* Under coach Scott Drew, the Bears have been a mainstay when it comes to the offensive boards, ranking in the top ten in the country eight straight seasons in the above category.
* Baylor is 201st in the category of "Adjusted Tempo," according to KenPom.com. By comparison, Gonzaga is ranked seventh.
* The Bears are especially good at forcing opponents to commit turnovers. They are third in the nation in Defensive Turnover Percentage, with opponents committing a miscue on 24.6% of their possessions.
* Along those lines, in this tournament alone, Baylor has shown exactly what it can do. The Bears forced 13 turnovers out of Wisconsin. That was the second most on the season for the Badgers, who are ranked #1 in Offensive Turnover Percentage. And Villanova, ranked #3 in that statistic, committed 16 TO's, which tied their season high.
* As good as Baylor has been on the offensive glass, they have not been outstanding on the defensive boards.The Bears are only 280th in the country in Defensive Rebounding Percentage.
* According to KenPom.com, Baylor resides outside of the nation's top 100 when it comes to defending against both two-point and three-point shots.
* At the free throw line, Baylor is sometimes lacking. The Bears have made just 70.1%, which is mediocre. And only 14.1% of their points have come at the charity stripe.<
* Jared Butler, a 6-3 guard, averages 16.5 points and 4.8 assists. He has been named to some All-America teams. Davion Mitchell, a 6-2 guard, has also found himself on some All-America teams. he averaged 5.4 assists and 14 points a game. He had eleven assists without a turnover in the national semi-final against Houston. Mitchell has been named the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year.
At this point, the only important numbers will be the ones on the scoreboard when the clock shows zero.
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