Well the first round of the Big 12 tournament turned out almost completely opposite of how I thought it would from a point spread perspective. This can be proven out by my 1-3 record in predictions from yesterdays games. Below are the spreads from yesterdays opening round games along with my ill-fated predictions and then the actual results.
MY PREVIOUS RECORD PICKING AGAINST THE SPREAD: 31-13
MY CURRENT RECORD PICKING AGAINST THE SPREAD: 32-16
Game Spreads and Predictions Below
Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers - The Cornhuskers are a slight favorite at 1.5 points.
MY PREDICTION: Going to have go with Nebraska to win this game outright and cover the tiny spread associated with it. Just think that the Cornhuskers are playing better basketball than Oklahoma State at moment and they have more reason to get motivated for this game.
RESULT: The Cowboys were the team that came out strong in the first half but Cornhuskers rallied to take lead for awhile in second half but not meant to be as OSU came out a 53-52 winner.
Iowa State Cyclones vs Colorado Buffaloes - Buffs are only a 4.5 point favorite over the #12 seed.
MY PREDICTION: A part of me questions why this spread is as low as it is. Yes I know Iowa State has been playing better basketball as of late but Colorado is playing for the NCAA Tournament and will have the best player on the court in Alec Burks. While not overly confident with this pick going to go with CU to win the game and cover the spread.
RESULT: Well I was not overly confident in my pick here and at least I was correct on something in yesterdays game as CU rallied for the 77-75 win.
Oklahoma Sooners vs Baylor Bears - The Bears enter as an 8.5 point favorite.
MY PREDICTION: First off I want to say that Baylor is pretty much an unbettable team since you never have any clue which team will show up. That being said I do think that Baylor is going to win this game but I think it might be close as OU might show up and hit some shots. Going to pick Baylor to win the game but not cover this spread.
RESULT: Well another game where something I said made some sense I think as Baylor is pretty much unbettable unless I guess you are betting on the other team. OU finished off the Baylor season in appropriate fashion with an 84-67 win. So even though I definitely messed up on thinking Baylor would win I was correct on OU beating the spread so my one correct prediction of the day.
Texas Tech Red Raiders vs Missouri Tigers - Biggest spread of day as Tigers are a 12 point favorite.
MY PREDICTION: With the news of Pat Knight being let go but being allowed to coach this game kind of throws a wrench into picking this game. Yes Tech has not been good this year under Knight but who knows how the team will respond. The Red Raiders have a lot of seniors on their team, do they come out and play as hard as they can or do they try to end the season as quickly as possible? On the Missouri side they have lost 3 straight games coming into tournament and bubble talk is being mentioned so how do they respond to the pressure. Going to have to pick Missouri to play well in front of a virtual home court and beat Texas Tech and cover this spread.
RESULT: The Red Raiders did come out and play awfully hard and well for Pat Knight but Missouri held on for an 88-84 win. The action was back and forth with Tech building an early lead then Missouri storming out ahead only to have Tech pull back close. At times during this game I was expecting Mizzou to just open their lead up but John Roberson and Tech just would not go away.