How To Bet the Yale Bulldogs vs Baylor Bears Odds

How To Bet the Yale Bulldogs vs Baylor Bears Odds

The Baylor Bears want to avoid an early exit from the 2016 NCAA Basketball Tournament when they take on the Yale Bulldogs in the first round of March Madness betting action. The West Region tilt tips-off on CBS this Thursday, March 17th at 1:45 PM Eastern from the Dunkin Donuts Center, in Providence, Rhode Island.

A Closer Look At How To Bet the No.12 Yale Bulldogs vs No. 5 Baylor Bears Odds

What: Yale Bulldogs (22-6) at Baylor Bears (22-11)
When: Thursday, March 17, 2016
Start Time: 1:45 PM ET 
Where: Providence, Rhode Island
Stadium: Dunkin Donuts Center
Spread: Baylor -5.5
Moneyline: Yale +190 vs Baylor -230
Game Total: 137
Watch: CBS
Stream: CBS Sports
Listen: Yale vs Baylor

Why Bet The Yale Bulldogs at +5.5 To Beat Baylor

Yale was one of the best bets on the board during the College Basketball regular season, posting a very respectable 11-6-2 against the spread record. Their strong play all season led to the Ivy League college’s fourth invite to the Big Dance. Yale is also riding a five-game winning streak and will play like they have nothing to lose against the more experience Baylor squad.

Yale averages 75.2 points per game, which is exactly two points sky of Baylor’s average of 77.2. They allow an average of 63.1 points per game.

Three of Yale’s starters average over 12 or more points per game; including Makai Mason and Justin Sears who both average 15.8 PPG. Baylor will find it hard to defend all three.

Why Bet The Baylor Bears at -5.5 To Beat Yale

Baylor ended the season losing 4 of 5, all to ranked teams. Can they find their mojo in time to make a deep March Madness run?

A short answer is yes, if beating Yale is considered a deep March Madness run. The Bears average 77.2 points per game this season playing inside the Big 12, one of the top NCAA Basketball conferences in the nation. Four starters average double-digits in points, including Taurean Prince who averages 15.5 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. He is the one player Yale will have to have a body on for the full game.

Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction

  • Bears are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss.
  • Bears are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games.
  • Bears are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 NCAA Tournament games as a favorite.
  • Bulldogs are 10-4-3 ATS in their last 17 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
  • Bulldogs are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 neutral site games.

Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction

Experience is a big factor in March, especially in the early rounds where upsets are ripe and anything can happen. Eight Baylor players have played combined to play19 NCAA Basketball Tournament games in the two previous seasons.

These two programs have never played before, but Baylor should come on top not only because of experience but because they have better players and have faced tough opponents to get to this point.

My final score prediction is Yale 62, Baylor 70.