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West Virginia Mountaineers Vs. Baylor Bears Preview: Season 108 Episode 16 - The Upset Zone

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Top-ranked Baylor comes to Morgantown to defend its undefeated record

NCAA Basketball: Oklahoma State at Baylor Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports

OPENING THOUGHTS

Before I get started, I need to get into character...

Ok there we go.

“UNLV, UCLA, Kansas-a collection of question marks. Three highly ranked college basketball programs tied together by a cold, snowy reality. Three schools bound together by an experience in a large concrete building. The kind of experience that damages a reputation. Witness the Baylor Bears, a charter member of the Big 12 Conference. A lucky team, whose reputation is near-perfect and dares to enter this building. We will not reveal the answer, only watch it unfold, as the Bears possibly become the next addition to the fraternity of teams that have entered — The Upset Zone.”

AND SCENE. (If you don’t get the reference, it’s a Rod Serling-type intro to the Twilight Zone. If you still don’t get the reference, LOOK IT UP!!)

But no seriously, this is a pretty big game. I really think this could be another one of those games that we will always remember. I also think it’s pretty cool that it is happening at the exact same time of year that the Kansas win occurred (first Tuesday of the spring semester). The Mountaineer are also facing similar rankings (#1 Kansas vs. #11 WVU last year).

All I’m saying is, let’s try to make this an annual event.

WHEN/WHERE

Date: Tuesday, January 10th

Tip-Off Time: 7:00 PM ET

Where: WVU Coliseum, Morgantown, WV

NCAA Basketball: Texas Christian at West Virginia Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Tickets: General Public SOLD OUT ; WVU Students SOLD OUT

WATCH/LISTEN

TV: ESPN2

Streaming Video: WatchESPN (or the WatchESPN app for smartphones)

Radio: WZST Variety 101 (100.9 FM in Morgantown) and the Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG (Radio Affiliates)

Streaming Audio: Locate the Mountaineers Sports Network from IMG on TuneIn Radio (or the TuneIn app for smartphones)

Satellite Radio: Sirius 83; XM 199

BRACKETOLOGY

MEDIA SEED 1ST RD OPPONENT 2ND RD OPPONENT LOCATION REGION
MEDIA SEED 1ST RD OPPONENT 2ND RD OPPONENT LOCATION REGION
ESPN (Jan. 5) 3 Princeton Clemson/Rhode Island-Illinois Buffalo, N.Y. (Mar. 16 & 18) New York (Mar. 24 & 26)
CBS (Jan. 6) 4 Akron Louisville/Middle Tennessee Greenville, S.C. (Mar 17 & 19) New York (Mar. 24 & 26)
SB Nation (Jan. 10) 3 Rider Cincinnati/MTSU-Cal Buffalo, N.Y. (Mar. 16 & 18) San Jose, Calif. (Mar 23 & 25)

ODDS

Spread: WVU by anywhere from 5.5 to 7

O/U: 136.5-138

THE ENEMY

Where are they from? Waco, Texas

Series History: Baylor leads series 7-3

Last Time: No. 10 West Virginia 69, No. 19 Baylor 58 on March 5, 2016 in Waco

SB Nation Blog: Our Daily Bears

Record: 15-0

Bracketology:

MEDIA SEED 1ST RD OPPONENT 2ND RD OPPONENT LOCATION REGION
MEDIA SEED 1ST RD OPPONENT 2ND RD OPPONENT LOCATION REGION
ESPN (Jan. 5) 1 Jacksonville State South Carolina/Indiana Tulsa, Okla. (Mar. 17 & 19) Memphis, Tenn. (Mar 24 & 26)
CBS (Jan. 6) 1 FDU/Longwood Northwestern/Rhode Island Tulsa, Okla. (Mar. 17 & 19) Memphis, Tenn. (Mar 24 & 26)
SB Nation (Jan. 10) 1 Weber State Virginia Tech/VCU Tulsa, Okla. (Mar. 17 & 19) Memphis, Tenn. (Mar 24 & 26)

Record in 2015-16: 22-12 (10-8 Big 12); Lost to Yale in the first round of the NCAA Tournament

Head Coach: Scott Drew

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament- Baylor University vs Yale University Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

KEYS TO THE GAME

  • The match-up between the best scoring offense (WVU) and the best scoring defense (Baylor). The Bears make defense the one consistent in their play. If WVU can break Baylor’s defense, it should be a Mountaineer advantage.
  • FREE THROW SHOOTING!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is beyond the point where this is funny. Way beyond that point.

HOW AFRAID SHOULD WE BE (ON A SCALE OF 1-10)?

It’s the top ranked team, so...yeah. That would be 10. They’re number one for a reason. I’m as afraid of Baylor as I am of an actual live bear.

VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED

PREDICTION THAT WILL BE WRONG

With Baylor struggling at home this past week and this being their first true road test, I think WVU finds a way to win at home. Morgantown: Where top-ranked teams come to lose.

West Virginia 73, Baylor 68