Dave’s Free Play, Monday 1/21/13

  • January 21, 2013

All systems go right now, with a big hoop weekend and a 3-0 start in the NHL now in the archives. Looking forward to staying with those black figures today.

A couple of Monday college games stand out to me as solid options. Here’s a look at another contest on the holiday card that caught my eye.

721 Oklahoma State at 722 Baylor

Take: Baylor -3.5

If Oklahoma State and Baylor were meeting in a neutral setting, I’d probably be looking at a possible play on the talented Cowboys. But the game is in Waco and that’s bad news for the Cowboys. Simply stated, this is a very bad conference road team. I like breaking down the personnel and other variables, but in the case of Oklahoma State there really isn’t a whole lot to say. The Cowboys are absolutely brutal on the road, and this is a long term malady and Travis Ford has clearly not yet located that much needed antidote. Until such time as the issue gets solved, I’m going to continue to fade this outfit in Big 12 road games. Baylor really hasn’t impressed me all that much, and they can play with a startlingly low hoop IQ at times. But the home cookin’ is the key here, and my side is Baylor minus the points.