Baylor vs Norfolk State: 2022 NCAA Tournament East Region Odds, How to Watch, More

NCAA Basketball: Baylor at West Virginia
Jan 18, 2022; Morgantown, West Virginia, USA; Baylor Bears guard Kendall Brown (2) celebrates with Baylor Bears guard LJ Cryer (4) during the second half against the West Virginia Mountaineers at WVU Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

2022 NCAA Tournament First Round: No. 1 Baylor Bears vs. No. 16 Norfolk State Spartans

How to Watch:

  • Date: Thursday, March 17
  • Time: 2:00 p.m. ET
  • Location: Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, TX
  • TV: TBS
  • Live Stream:

Tale of the Tape:

No. 1 BAY STAT No. 16 NSU
Big 12 Conference MEAC
26-6 Record 24-6
76.5 (52nd) Points Per Game 67.1 (79th)
63.6 Points Allowed Per Game 63.7
0.627 (11th) RPI 0.508 (153rd)
12th Strength of Schedule 357th
At-Large Bid Automatic Bid

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Baylor leaders:

Mar 10, 2022; Kansas City, MO, USA; Bears guard James Akinjo (11) handles the ball while defended by Oklahoma Sooners guard Jordan Goldwire (0) in the second half at T-Mobile Center. Mandatory Credit: Amy Kontras-USA TODAY Sports
  • James Akinjo, G, SR: 13.4 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 5.7 APG, 2.1 SPG, 82.5% FT
  • Adam Flagler, G, JR: 13.4 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 3.1 APG, 1.1 SPG, 39.3% 3PT

Norfolk State leaders:

Mar 20, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Spartans guard Joe Bryant Jr. (4) shoots the ball while defended by Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Corey Kispert (L) during the first half in the first round of the 2021 NCAA Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports
  • Joe Bryant Jr, G, SR: 16.8 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 3.3 APG, 1.4 SPG
  • Kris Bankston, F, SR: 11.3 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 1.2 BPG 71.3% FG

BAY vs. NSU Odds, Lines, and Past Performance:

  • BAY Moneyline: -3800
  • NSU Moneyline: +1600
  • Spread: BAY -20.5
  • Over/Under: 137.5
  • ATS Record: BAY 16-14-2, NSU 17-9-1
  • Over/Under Record: BAY 17-14-1, NSU 12-15

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The Pick:

  • Common sense would say that Baylor, a national title contender, would win this game with relative ease.
  • This might be a pretty slow game, with the Bears ranking 167th in adjusted tempo and the Spartans coming in 187th. The Spartans are also one of the big three-point defenses in the nation, which could make the under a bit enticing.
  • Baylor has six players who score at least 8.4 points per game and are likely gearing up for a deep run in the tournament, so we may see a lot of Baylors’ depth in the second half of this game if the lead gets large. Meanwhile, Norfolk State is led by mainly seniors, so you’d have to expect their coach to let those guys get as much time on the court as possible in what could be their final game.
  • Baylor’s leading scorer LJ Cryer has been battling injury for much of February, so we don’t know how much of him we’re likely to see in the tournament. If anything, he’d likely only get a few minutes here to make sure he doesn’t get rusty.

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