CBB Weekend Betting: Kansas Battles Baylor

Authored by: Benjamin Eckstein

The Saturday college basketball schedule delivers a Top 5 matchup for bettors this weekend, as the No. 3 Kansas Jayhawks face the No. 4 Baylor Bears.

The Jayhawks are on a small three-game winning streak after defeating the West Virginia Mountaineers 84-80 as a 5-point favorite on Monday. By failing to cover the spread Kansas is 0-4-1 against the spread in its last five games. On the road Kansas is a solid 7-1 straight up in its last eight, but only 2-5-1 ATS.

Baylor is coming off an 84-78 upset loss to the Texas Tech Red Raiders as 2.5-point road favorites at the Bovada sportsbook. With that loss, they dropped to 2-3 SU and 3-2 ATS in their last five games.

Earlier this month Kansas hosted Baylor and came away with a 73-68 win as a 6.5-point favorite. That was the Jayhawks' ninth straight win versus the Bears, during which they are 7-2 ATS.

The only other ranked matchup on tap Saturday pits the No. 14 Virginia Cavaliers against the No. 10 North Carolina Tar Heels.

Virginia had trouble with the Duke Blue Devils in their last game, falling 65-55 as a 4.5-point favorite. They’re 2-4 SU and 3-3 ATS in their last six and have lost their last three on the road SU at 1-2 ATS.

The Tar Heels beat up on the NC State Wolfpack 97-73 as an 11-point favorite last time out. That snapped a four-game ATS losing streak. At home the Tar Heels have won 15 in a row SU with a 9-4 ATS mark.

North Carolina holds a slight edge in their last 10 versus Virginia at 6-4 SU and 4-6 ATS. In their last 10 at home versus Virginia the Tar Heels are 8-2 SU and 5-5 ATS.

One other notable matchup on Saturday is No. 9 West Virginia hosting Texas Tech.

After their loss to Kansas earlier this week the Mountaineers are 2-2 SU and 3-1 ATS in their last four. The Red Raiders' upset over Baylor earlier this week was their fourth straight win ATS. However, on the road Texas Tech has been brutal this season, having lost six straight and eight of their last nine at 4-5 ATS.

In January Texas Tech edged West Virginia 77-76 as a 2-point home underdog. That snapped a six-game losing streak versus the Mountaineers, during which they were 1-5 ATS.