The Central Arkansas Bears will look to record the huge upset after picking up their first win of the season the last time out. The second-ranked Baylor Bears will look to extend their winning ways against their second straight non-conference opponent after recording an unmerciful win the last time they took to the court.
Can Central Arkansas cover the spread as a huge road dog or will Baylor get the job done in emphatic fashion? Let’s find out where the best NCAAB betting value lies in this matchup right now so you can wager against their College Basketball odds.
NCAA Basketball Odds and Analysis – Central Arkansas at No. 2 Baylor
Central Arkansas Bears (1-6) Vs Baylor Bears (6-0)
- When: Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020 at 4:00 PM ET
- Where: Ferrell Center, Waco, TX
- TV: ESPN+
- NCAAB Odds: TBD
Why Bet On Central Arkansas
Central Arkansas opened up their 2020-21 campaign with six straight losses, but the Bears got their first victory in emphatic fashion by routing Champion Christian 92-28 in their last contest on Dec. 19. Rylan Bergersen scored a team-high 13 points in the win while Khaleem Bennett added 12 points. Central Arkansas led 50-11 at the half and never looked back.
Central Arkansas averages 71.7 points per game on 43.2 percent shooting from the field and 37.1 percent from beyond the arc. The Bears allow 76.6 points per game defensively on 41.6 percent shooting from the field and 31.9 percent from beyond the arc.
Why Bet On No. 2 Baylor
Second-ranked Baylor absolutely obliterated Arkansas-Pine Bluff 99-42 on Dec. 21 to cash in as an insane 43.5-point favorite that day. Freshman guard LJ Cryer scored a team-high 15 points while Jared Butler added 14 points and Macio Teague, 13 points. Baylor led 55-12 at the half before hitting cruise control in the second half to secure the win.
The Bears average a stellar 93.7 points per game (6th) on 52.1 percent shooting from the field (12th) and 47.0 percent from three-point distance (first). Baylor limits the opposition to just 61.0 points per game (32nd) on 42.1 percent shooting from the field and 27.5 percent from three-point distance (39th).
Expert Analysis and Prediction
Not only has Baylor won all six of their games this season, but the Bears have gone a perfect 6-0 ATS in doing so. Baylor has covered the chalk as a slight favorite against a nationally-ranked title contender (Illinois) while cashing in as an insane 43.5-point favorite. A completely overmatched opponent.
Basically, the spread for this matchup would have to be around 45 points for me to consider backing Central Arkansas. The safe play and smart wager is to simply back Baylor to get it done again. The Bears are focused on winning a national championship and nothing less and it’s showed all season long. Baylor has a plethora of talent and they share the ball freely. Not only that, but Baylor is also elite at the other end of the floor in routinely shutting down the opposition. Baylor wins big college basketball betting buffs!
Pick: Baylor 96 Central Arkansas 60
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