For the second time in his career, Houston Cougars head coach Kelvin Sampson has put a team in the Final Four. Consider that in 2002 he led the Oklahoma Sooners to the Final Four. But OU suffered a 73-64 March Madness betting loss to Indiana in that national semifinal. Since then, Sampson has had a winding and challenging path back to glory. But at age 65, Sampson is just getting started. He has had the most successful run of his coaching career at UH. Sampson will lead his Cougars against Scott Drew and the mighty Baylor Bears.
Baylor Bears vs. Houston Cougars Betting Information
Baylor Bears vs. Houston Cougars CashBet Wagering Analysis
On this occasion, Baylor will draw the vast majority of sportsbook odds. Casual gamblers have come to discover the Bears excellence. By contrast, Houston will appeal to wise guys as a quality team getting points.
Bear Market for Baylor
Now, Baylor enters the Final Four with a record of 26-2 straight up, 18-10 against the spread, and 17-11 over the total. Out of 350 teams, the Bears rank third for scoring offense and 57th for points allowed. Baylor is the top-ranked 3-point shooting program in the country. Late on, the Bears have covered three in a row. Four of their last six went over the total.
Last time out for the Bears was an 81-72 2021 March Madness betting payout over the Arkansas Razorbacks. Baylor was a 7.5-point chalk. And the game cleared a total of 148. Senior guard MaCio Teague led the Bears with 22 points. On the whole, junior guard Jared Butler led Baylor with 16.5 points per game. And then Teague adds 15.9 points per outing.
A Sleeping Giant Awakens
Houston brings a record of 28-3 straight up, 20-10 against the spread, and 14-16 under the total. To summarize, Houston ranks 53rd out of 350 teams for scoring offense and 2nd for points allowed. The Cougars defense ranks best in bet on NCAA basketball at defending opposition field goals. Accordingly, Houston has covered three of their last five, with three consecutive games going under the total.
Last Monday, the Cougars beat Oregon State 67-61 as 8-point overlays. Under the total of 130.5 paid too. Sophomore guard Marcus Sasser led UH with 20 points. While junior guard Quentin Grimes added 18 points in the win. Overall, Grimes is the leading scorer on Houston with 18 points per game. Sasser averages 13.5 points per contest.
Baylor Bears vs. Houston Cougars Against the Spread
Baylor has covered four of their last five as a dog. While in non-conference games, the Bears are 7-5 on the board. Against ranked opponents, BU is 5-2 on the board. Baylor is 4-1 vs. the line on neutral courts. Following a win, BU is 16-10 against the odds.
Baylor is 14-4 over the total as a dog. However, in non-conference games, the Bears are 4-10 to the under. Baylor has cleared the total in four of their last five on neutral courts. Following a win, the Bears are 12-8 to the over. Baylor is 7-1 to the over against ranked opponents.
Houston has covered the spread in four of their last five as dogs. While the Cougars are 5-2 vs. the line against ranked opponents. Specifically, on neutral courts, the Cougars are 6-3 on the board. And in non-conference games, Houston is 10-5-1 against the line. Following a win, the Cougars have covered 16 of their last 26.
In sum, the Cougars are 2-6 under the total as dogs. Against ranked opponents, Houston is 2-5 to the under. On neutral courts, the Cougars are 3-6 under the total. While in non-conference matchups, UH is 3-7 under the number.
In this head-to-head series, Houston has covered three consecutive games against Baylor.
Baylor Bears vs. Houston Cougars CashBet Free Pick
In this situation, Houston’s defense makes them a dangerous 2021 March Madness betting dog.
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