Washington State vs Baylor Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for Dec. 18 (Bears Crush Cougars in Front of Dallas Crowd)

Larry Rupp
Washington State vs Baylor prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game.
Washington State vs Baylor prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game. / AP Photos/Rod Aydelotte
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Washington State vs Baylor Game Info

2022-23 NCAA College Basketball Regular Season Game
Washington State Cougars (4-5) vs. No. 11 Baylor Bears (7-2)
Date: Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022
Time: 10:00 p.m. ET
Venue: American Airlines Center — Dallas, TX
Coverage: ESPN2

The 2022-23 college basketball season continues on Sunday with an exciting matchup between the Washington State Cougars and No. 11 Baylor Bears. The Cougars couldn't keep up in a 74-70 loss to UNLV their last time out on Dec. 10. TJ Bamba finished with a team-high 20 points (7-of-11 shooting).

Meanwhile, Baylor took care of business in an 80-57 win over Tarleton State in its last game on Dec. 6. The Bears nailed 21 of 29 their free throw attempts and also out-rebounded the Texans by 18. It was Kayonte George that led the offense with 22 points (6-of-15 shooting), 7 rebounds and 6 assists.

Washington State vs Baylor Odds & Spread

All NCAA college basketball betting lines, odds and prop bets.
Moneyline: WAZZU: (+440) | BAY: (-610)
Spread: WAZZU: +10.5 (-110) | BAY: -10.5 (-110)
Total: 139.5 —Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)

Baylor enters this contest as clear favorites on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 10 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 139.5 points, which is about average compared to Sunday's projected totals.

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Washington State vs Baylor Prediction & Pick

With head coach Scott Drew is leading the way, Baylor remains a top 25 team in the country. That's how successful he is at getting the best out of the players on his roster. The Bears rank sixth in points per game (84.6), 28th in shooting percentage (48.4%) and 22nd in total rebounding rate (54.8%).

Seeing a Washington State team that has struggled to defend keep up in this one would come as a shock. The Cougars are allowing 69.0 points per game away from home. They have also allowed both of their power five opponents this season (Oregon and Utah) to shoot above 50% from the floor.

Baylor is a ridiculous 20-0 straight up in its last 20 games in December, so I'll side with the Bears.

Final Score Prediction: Washington State: 65 | Baylor: 79

Washington State vs Baylor Betting Trends

- Washington State is 4-1 against the spread (ATS) in its last five games on a Sunday.
- The total has hit the under in 10 of Washington State's last 13 games.
- Baylor is 20-0 straight up in its last 20 games in December.
- The total has hit the over in seven of Baylor's last 10 games.

Washington State vs Baylor Best Bet

Washington State has been an underdog just twice this season, yet it has only posted a 4-5 record. The Cougars didn't keep either one of those games close and are 2-7 straight up in their last nine away games played on a Sunday. There's little to be confident about with this Wazzu team right now.

On the other side, Baylor is 6-0 straight up in its last six games against a Pac-12 opponent and 6-0 ATS in its last six games on a Sunday. The Bears bounced back after a tough loss to Marquette by taking down a talented Gonzaga team. They're rolling right now and should win this one with ease.

Bet: Baylor Bears -10.5 (-110)

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