We here at big 12 hoops make out weekly predictions of games strictly based on picking a winner or loser of each Big 12 contest. Picking a winner or loser is hard enough without taking the spread into consideration.
I started last Saturday with listing the spread of each game and making my own prediction on the outcome. I am proud to say that if I would have been in Las Vegas and betting legally on these games I would have been a cool 5-1, naturally I had no money riding on them. So getting a late start to the season as far as keeping track of my record on Saturday games versus the spread but going to make my predictions down below and see how I do this weekend.
Game Spreads and My Predictions Below.
Colorado Buffaloes at Baylor Bears - This is a game where you see the line and it makes you stop and wonder where it came from. Baylor is a 7.5 point favorite at home against the Buffs. First instinct is to say that is too many points but CU is coming off a tough loss at home and their last road venture to Oklahoma did not turn out well.
MY PREDICTION: I like Baylor to win the game but I think it will be close so I am picking CU to cover the spread.
Oklahoma Sooners @ Iowa State Cyclones - Another huge line for a team that has not exactly been on fire lately. The Cyclones are favored by 10 points over visting OU. The Cyclones are coming off a road loss at Missouri and then dropping a game at home vs Texas Tech while the Sooners have won 2 straight conference games.
MY PREDICTION: Too big of a line for me, I will go with OU to cover the spread but Iowa State to win the game.
Kansas State Wildcats @ Kansas Jayhawks - Another double digit spread as KU is an 11.5 point favorite over the visiting Wildcats. K-State has struggled to score and the Jayhawks appear after the CU game to be hitting any shot they put up so this one could get ugly.
MY PREDICTION: I think this is the lock of the week, I like KU to cover this spread very easily and win by about 20-25 points.
Texas A&M Aggies @ Nebraska Cornhuskers - The first really close spread and possibly surprise favorite of the day comes in this one. The Cornhuskers enter as 1 point favorite against Khris Middleton and the Aggies. Most everyone expects A&M to win this game but Nebraska can defend and plays tough at home.
MY PREDICTION: I think Nebraska is going to come out and win this game as I think A&M will be looking ahead to their game against Texas. Picking Nebraska to win outright and cover the spread.
Oklahoma State Cowboys @ Texas Tech Red Raiders - The Cowboys enter Lubbock to take on the now surging Red Raiders led by Mike Singletary. Even though Tech has won two straight conference games the Cowboys enter as the 2 point favorite in this one.
MY PREDICTION: I think maybe Tech has figured some things out and is playing better basketball. I like the Red Raiders to win the game and therefore cover the spread.
Missouri Tigers @ Texas Longhorns - A pretty decent sized line in this game as the Longhorns are a solid 7.5 point favorite playing at home. The Tigers have been pretty hot lately but this will be a tough contest for Mizzou to deal with the size of Texas.
MY PREDICTION: While I think Texas will win the game in the end I like this one to close all the way to the finish line. Picking Missouri to lose the game but cover the spread.