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West Virginia Mountaineers Vs. Baylor Bears Preview: Season 108 Episode 30 - The Last True Road Game

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WVU heads to Waco to take on a slipping Baylor team.

NCAA Basketball: West Virginia at Baylor Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports

OPENING THOUGHTS

Hmm...how do I capture Saturday’s game in one gif?

Nope.

Nah.

There we go.

Okay, now we’ve got Baylor. The school that is very polarizing for obvious reasons.

Back in June, CBS’s Dennis Dodd wrote an article about how the Big 12 can vote Baylor out of the conference. Click here for the article.

It’s not an entirely new concept. WVU voted Temple out of the Big East back in 2002. The difference is that Temple was not a full member of the conference.

What do you think? Do you think Baylor should be voted out and if so, who should replace them? Please leave your comments below.

WHEN/WHERE

Date: Monday, February 27th

Tip-Off Time: 7:00 PM ET/6:00 PM CT

Where: Ferrell Center, Waco, TX

NCAA Womens Basketball: Texas Christian at Baylor Sean Pokorny-USA TODAY Sports

Tickets: General Public

WATCH/LISTEN

TV: ESPNU

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

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

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

Satellite Radio: SiriusXM 81

ODDS

Spread: Baylor by 1 (BetOnline)

O/U: 138 (BetOnline)

BIG 12 BRACKETOLOGY

SEED FIRST ROUND (MAR. 8) QUARTERFINALS (MAR. 9) SEMIFINALS (MAR. 10) CHAMPIONSHIP (MAR. 11)
SEED FIRST ROUND (MAR. 8) QUARTERFINALS (MAR. 9) SEMIFINALS (MAR. 10) CHAMPIONSHIP (MAR. 11)
2 BYE Kansas State/Texas Iowa State/TCU Kansas/Baylor/OK State/TX Tech/Okla

NCAA BRACKETOLOGY

MEDIA SEED 1ST RD OPPONENT 2ND RD OPPONENT LOCATION REGION
MEDIA SEED 1ST RD OPPONENT 2ND RD OPPONENT LOCATION REGION
ESPN (Feb. 27) 4 Vermont Virginia/UNC Wilmington Buffalo, N.Y. (Mar. 16 & 18) New York (Mar. 24 & 26)
CBS (Feb. 27) 4 Monmouth Notre Dame/Nevada Buffalo, N.Y. (Mar. 16 & 18) Memphis, Tenn. (Mar. 24 & 26)
NBC (Feb. 27) 4 Vermont Cincinnati/UT Arlington Buffalo, N.Y. (Mar. 16 & 18) Memphis, Tenn. (Mar. 24 & 26)
SB Nation (Feb. 24) 4 Princeton Virginia/Valparaiso Buffalo, N.Y. (Mar. 16 & 18) New York (Mar. 24 & 26)
Sports Illustrated (Feb. 26) 4 Nevada Notre Dame/UNC Wilmington Buffalo, N.Y. (Mar. 16 & 18) Kansas City, Mo. (Mar. 23 & 25)

THE ENEMY

Where are they from? Waco, Texas

Series History: Baylor leads the series 7-4

Last Time: No. 10 West Virginia 89, No. 1 Baylor 68 on January 10 in Morgantown

SB Nation Blog: Our Daily Bears

Record: 23-6 (10-6 Big 12)

Bracketology:

MEDIA SEED 1ST RD OPPONENT 2ND RD OPPONENT LOCATION REGION
MEDIA SEED 1ST RD OPPONENT 2ND RD OPPONENT LOCATION REGION
ESPN (Feb. 27) 2 South Dakota South Carolina/Northwestern Tulsa, Okla. (Mar. 17 & 19) Memphis, Tenn. (Mar. 24 & 26)
CBS (Feb. 27) 3 Bucknell SMU/Rhody-Marquette Tulsa, Okla. (Mar. 17 & 19) New York (Mar. 24 & 26)
NBC (Feb. 27) 3 Winthrop SMU/Syracuse Tulsa, Okla. (Mar. 17 & 19) New York (Mar. 24 & 26)
SB Nation (Feb. 24) 2 UNC Asheville Maryland/Arkansas Tulsa, Okla. (Mar. 17 & 19) Memphis, Tenn. (Mar. 24 & 26)
Sports Illustrated (Feb. 26) 2 Cal State Bakersfield Miami/Arkansas Tulsa, Okla. (Mar. 17 & 19) Memphis, Tenn. (Mar. 24 & 26)

Head Coach: Scott Drew (He sings opera during basketball games)

NCAA Basketball: Texas Christian at Baylor Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

KEYS TO THE GAME

  • Shoot better maybe? WVU shot 36.9% against TCU, worst all season.
  • Will Manu Lecomte be a factor? The Bears point guard had to leave early against Iowa State on Saturday. Will he be effective against WVU if he plays at all?
  • Where’s Beetle Bolden? Bolden has done practically nothing the past few games. HE didn’t even play against TCU. What’s up with that?

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

Seven. I’m as afraid of Baylor as I am of these guys from Office Space. I have literally never seen them in anything else!

PREDICTION THAT WILL BE WRONG

I think that the game will be a little more one-sided without Manu Lecomte. It would be a great win and probably lock up at least a three seed in the Big 12 Tournament.

West Virginia 73, Baylor 62