Baylor vs. Colgate: NCAA Tournament First Round Betting Preview, Tips And Picks – March 22, 2024

Written By PlayPicks Staff on March 18, 2024

In the first round of the NCAA tournament on Friday, the Baylor Bears (23-10) will face the Colgate Raiders (25-9), with Rayj Dennis and Braeden Smith the key players to watch. Tipoff at FedExForum will be at 12:40 PM ET. Friday’s matchup between the Bears and the Raiders features the Bears as sizable 15-point favorites. The over/under is 138 points for the game.

Baylor vs. Colgate Betting Lines

Baylor vs Colgate Betting Information
Favorite Spread Total
Baylor -15 138 points

Computer Picks

Spread Pick Colgate (+15)
Total Pick Over (138)

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Baylor vs. Colgate Stat Rankings

Baylor Avg. (Rank) Colgate Avg. (Rank)
80.5 (32nd) Points Scored 71.5 (238th)
71.2 (155th) Points Allowed 63.2 (9th)
(1st) Rebounds (1st)
10.4 (64th) Off. Rebounds 7.1 (317th)
8.5 (72nd) 3pt Made 7.9 (128th)
14.8 (76th) Assists 15.1 (60th)
11.4 (204th) Turnovers 10.0 (70th)

Baylor vs. Colgate Betting Trends

  • The Bears have covered the spread 18 times in 31 games.
  • As 15-point favorites or more, Baylor is 5-1-1 against the spread.
  • This season, 17 of the Bears’ 31 games have hit the over.
  • Baylor’s games have finished with more than 138 points 25 times so far this season.
  • Bears games average 151.8 total points this season, 13.8 points less than the over/under for this matchup.
  • Colgate is 18-15-0 against the spread this season.
  • The Raiders have won once ATS (1-1) as a 15-point underdog or greater this season.
  • Out of 31 Baylor’s games so far this season, 17 have hit the over.
  • So far this season, 13 Raiders games have featured more than 138 points scored.
  • Colgate’s games average 134.7 total points, 3.3 less than the total for this matchup.

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Baylor Impact Players

  • Dennis puts up a team-best 6.8 assists per contest. He is also averaging 13.3 points and 3.8 rebounds, shooting 48.3% from the floor and 33.7% from beyond the arc with 1.1 made 3-pointers per contest.
  • Jalen Bridges averages a team-leading 5.7 rebounds per contest. In addition, he’s recording 11.9 points and 1.4 assists, shooting 45.4% from the floor and 40.1% from beyond the arc with 2.0 made 3-pointers per contest.
  • Ja’Kobe Walter leads his team in both points (14.2) and assists (1.5) per contest, and also puts up 4.4 rebounds. At the other end, he puts up 1.1 steals and 0.2 blocked shots.
  • Yves Missi posts a team-leading 5.7 rebounds per game. He is also averaging 11.1 points and 0.4 assists, shooting 61.9% from the field.
  • Jayden Nunn is putting up 10.6 points, 2.0 assists and 2.5 rebounds per contest.

Colgate Impact Players

  • Smith tops the Raiders in scoring (12.5 points per game) and assists (5.8), and puts up 5.5 rebounds. He also averages 1.9 steals and 0.1 blocked shots.
  • Keegan Records is the Raiders’ top rebounder (6.2 per game), and he produces 10.9 points and 1.2 assists.
  • The Raiders get 10.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game from Ryan Moffatt.
  • Jeff Woodward is posting 7.2 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists per contest, making 62.0% of his shots from the floor.
  • Jalen Cox is averaging 4.5 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game, making 48.5% of his shots from the field.

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