MATCHUP AT A GLANCE
When: Friday, November 8, 2019 at 9:30 PM ET
Where: Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage, Alaska
Point Spread: Baylor -5
Betting Total: 137 points
Baylor and Washington meet in the Armed Forces Classic in Anchorage, Alaska. The neutral site game will be the first for Washington, and second for Baylor.
The Bears destroyed Central Arkansas in the home opener 105-61. Jared Butler showed his star power right away. He went for 30 points with a career-high eight 3-pointers.
MaCio Teague had 18 points and 10 rebounds in his Baylor debut and the No. 16 Bears opened Drew's 17th season by scoring the first 19 points. Teague, a transfer from UNC Asheville who had to sit out last season, had four 3-pointers.
Washington returns only one starter from last year's team that went 27-9 and lost in the 2nd round of the NCAA tournament to North Carolina. They lost Jaylen Nowell, Matisse Thybulle and Noah Dickerson who were all NBA picks.
They return only three players who averaged more than 10 minutes per game. Things aren't totally bleak in Washington as they brought in one of the best recruiting classes in the nation. Isaiah Stewart and Jaden McDaniels lead the class and will start right away.
Bears Look For Another Solid Season
Coming off a win in the NCAA Tournament, the Bears believe they could have one of the best teams in school history. With the return of Tristan Clark, Jared Butler, Mark Vital, Devonte Bandoo, Matthew Mayer and Freddie Gillespie. Baylor was picked to finish second in the Big 12, and should only get better as Clark returns to form.
Butler and Teague were really impressive in the opener. You combine that with Clark, when he gets to 100 percent, and Donovan Mitchell who transferred from Auburn, and you will have a team with plenty of star power.
Kenpom has this team ranked 11th in the nation. They are 18th and 17th in offensive and defensive efficiency. They won't shoot 54 percent, like they did in the opener, from three-point range but this could be one of the better shooting teams in the Big 12.
Huskies Look To Return Trip To The Dance
This might be one of the best recruiting classes in school history. Even with the departure of a lot of talent this team could very easily find themselves repeating as Pac-12 champions and playing in the tournament.
McDaniels and Stewart's height should fit in perfectly with coach Mike Hopkins' 2-3 zone. How quickly this team can gel together on both ends of the floor will be the biggest question.
Nahziah Carter is the most significant piece returning, even though Hameir Wright is the returning starter. Carter 55.4% from inside the arc last year. With teams focusing on Stewart and McDaniels, Carter could be in for a big role offensively.
The question for Washington is in the front court. They have very little experience and the guards coming in aren't nearly as talented as the post players. If they can get average guard play they will be tough to beat.
Mybookie has Baylor as a 5-point favorite. The total is set at 137 points, but Mybookie doesn't have a total listed.
Free Betting Pick
The Bears crushed Syracuse’s 2-3 zone in March beating the by nine in the opening round. If there first game is any indication this team can really shoot.
With Washington's lack of experience it might be a long day night in Anchorage if Baylor shoots it well. This will be a good Huskies team by year end, but Baylor's experience and depth will be too much.
Baylor 77, Washing 69