How to watch Texas basketball vs. Baylor: Odds, matchups, injuries and more

Rodney Terry, Texas basketball
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A reeling Texas basketball (12-5, 1-3 Big 12) team under head coach Rodney Terry can get a much-needed win over a ranked opponent at home at the Moody Center in Austin this weekend. Texas hosts the No. 9 Baylor Bears (14-3, 3-1 Big 12) and head coach Scott Drew on Jan. 20 in a critical Big 12 game for the men in Burnt Orange.

The Longhorns lost its second consecutive game and third in its last four in a double-digit comeback defeat at the hands of the UCF Knights at the Moody Center on Jan. 17. UCF dominated Texas in many facets of the game, including rebounding, second-chance points, and points off turnovers.

Baylor, meanwhile, is looking to stay in first place in the Big 12 standings if it beats the Longhorns this weekend in Austin. The Bears are also looking to avoid losing two in a row after the Kansas State Wildcats defeated Baylor 68-64 in Manhattan on Jan. 16.

Here’s a look at the TV/streaming information and game time as Texas hosts No. 9 at the Moody Center in Austin on Jan. 20.

How to watch Texas basketball vs. Baylor


Live Stream: ESPN app

Radio/Audio StreamLonghorn Radio Network/Sirius XM 84

Game time: 11 a.m. CT

Live statsSidearm Stats

Dan Shulman, Jay Bilas, and Jess Sims will call the action live on ESPN between Texas and Baylor at the Moody Center on Jan. 20.

Craig Way and Eddie Oran have the call on the radio broadcast on IMG Longhorn Radio Network.

Texas holds the edge in the all-time series against Baylor with a record of 95-68. But Baylor has dominated the recent matchups in this series, winning eight of the last nine and 13 of the last 15 against the Longhorns. The last meeting between Texas and Baylor in Waco resulted in a nine-point win for the Bears in a top-10 matchup on Feb. 25, 2023.

Texas basketball projected starting lineup vs. Baylor

  • G: Tyrese Hunter, Junior (12.1 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 4.3 APG)
  • G: Max Abmas, Senior (17.8 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 4.3 APG)
  • W: Ithiel Horton, Senior (7.9 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 1.1 APG)
  • F: Dillon Mitchell, Sophomore (11.3 PPG, 8.8 RPG, 1.7 APG)
  • C: Dylan Disu, Senior (14.1 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 0.9 APG)

Baylor projected starting lineup vs. Texas

  • G: Rayj Dennis, Senior (13.4 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 6.4 APG)
  • G: Jayden Nunn, Junior (9.5 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 2.4 APG)
  • G/W: Ja'Kobe Walter, Freshman (14.8 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 1.5 APG)
  • F: Jalen Bridges, Senior (10.4 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 1.5 APG)
  • C: Yves Missi, Freshman (9.6 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 0.2 APG)

Texas basketball injury report vs. Baylor

For the last few games, redshirt junior center Kadin Shedrick has dealt with back issues that have limited him. He even missed one game early in Big 12 play for the Longhorns due to the back injury. Shedrick was active, though, in the last two games for the Longhorns.

Texas basketball vs. Baylor: Prediction and odds for Jan. 20

Texas is a 1.5-point favorite against Baylor on Jan. 20, and the Longhorns are favored in the money line (-120) over the Bears (+100), per FanDuel. The over/under is 146.5 points.

Baylor is the No. 15 ranked team in adjusted efficiency in Division I, per Kenpom. Texas, meanwhile, ranks 48th in the nation in adjusted efficiency.

Kenpom gives Texas a 43 percent chance of beating Baylor and projects the final score of this game to be 76-74 in favor of the Bears.

Texas will be tested in multiple ways against one of the best and deepest teams not just in the Big 12, but in the entire country, in this game. Baylor is a high powered attacking team that can score in bunches. The Bears rank fourth nationally in offensive rating this season, while nearly averaging 85 points per game.

Led by the dynamic true freshman duo of wing Ja'Kobe Walter and big man Yves Missi, Baylor has the length, rebounding, and scoring to contend with anyone.

But this is also a Baylor team that has been prone to play up and down to the competition early in the Big 12 slate. Baylor was upset by Kansas State in Manhattan a few days ago. And the Bears were taken to the brink in overtime a couple of weeks ago by the team in last place in the Big 12 standings, the Oklahoma State Cowboys.

The key for Texas here is to get a complete team effort for 40 minutes. As simple as that sounds, it's not what Terry and the Longhorns have shown early in Big 12 play. The Longhorns rank last in the Big 12 in second-half net rating and bench scoring in conference play.

Show up for a full 40, and it won't be too late for Texas to start charting the right course in the Big 12 down the stretch this season.

Final score prediction: Baylor-78, Texas-70

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