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No. 21 West Virginia Set To Take On Suddenly Hot Baylor In Waco

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The Mountaineers will face a tough test tonight when they meet up with the Bears, who have won five straight.

NCAA Basketball: Texas Tech at Baylor Andrew Dieb-USA TODAY Sports

WHEN/WHERE

Date: Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

Tip-Off Time: 7:00 PM ET

Where: Ferrell Center, Waco, Texas

NCAA Basketball: Sam Houston State at Baylor Sean Pokorny-USA TODAY Sports

WATCH/LISTEN

TV: ESPN2

Streaming Video: WatchESPN

Radio: 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: SiriusXM 83

ODDS

Spread: Baylor -1

O/U: 142

Bracketology

MEDIA SEED 1ST RD OPPONENT 2ND RD OPPONENT LOCATION REGION
MEDIA SEED 1ST RD OPPONENT 2ND RD OPPONENT LOCATION REGION
ESPN (Feb. 19) 5 Louisiana Ohio State/East Tennessee San Diego, CA East
CBS (Feb. 19) 5 Loyola-Chicago Gonzaga/Buffalo Boise, ID East
SB Nation (Feb. 13) 4 Middle Tennessee Tenessee/Louisiana Boise, ID South
NBC Sports (Feb. 19) 5 St. Bonaventure/Washington Gonzaga/Buffalo San Diego, CA East

THE ENEMY

Where are they from? Waco, Texas

Series History: Baylor leads the all-time series 8-5

Last Time: No. 6 West Virginia 57, Baylor 54 on January 9, 2018 in Morgantown

SB Nation Blog: Our Daily Bears

Record: 17-10 (7-7 Big 12)

Bracketology

MEDIA SEED FIRST FOUR 1ST RD OPPONENT 2ND RD OPPONENT LOCATION REGION
MEDIA SEED FIRST FOUR 1ST RD OPPONENT 2ND RD OPPONENT LOCATION REGION
ESPN (Feb. 19) 11 St. Bonaventure (Play-In) Kentucky UNC/Charleston Nashville, TN West
CBS (Feb. 19) 12 Syracuse (Play-In) Rhode Island Arizona/Murray St. San Diego, CA West
SB Nation (Feb. 13) 11 - Texas A&M Michigan St./Charleston Wichita, KS South
NBC Sports (Feb. 19) 11 Syracuse (Play-In) Missouri Purdue/Rider Pittsburgh, PA Midwest

Record in 2016-17: 27-8 (12-6 Big 12); Lost to South Carolina in Sweet 16

Head Coach: Scott Drew (15th Season)

NCAA Basketball: Kansas at Baylor Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports

KEYS TO THE GAME

  • Control the glass. Baylor grabbed an offensive rebound on 34% of their misses in the first meeting between the two teams, and outnumbered the Mountaineers in total rebounds 44-36. West Virginia needs to start winning those battles under the rim if they’re going to win this game, and look to make a serious run in the NCAA tournament.
  • Guard the corner three. I feel like I’m repeating myself on this one. Too many times this season we’ve seen our opponents fight their way back into the game by draining those lightly-contested corner threes.

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

Eight. This game very much depends on West Virginia’s ability to put the last game behind them and focus on what is in front of them. Baylor has won five straight, including a win Saturday over the Texas Tech Red Raiders. They got hot at the right time and are fighting for a first round bye in the Big 12 tournament.

Fortunately for us, we have a Hall of Fame coach on our side and I wouldn’t be surprised if we end up winning our last four games. We’ve seen Bob Huggins turn a team around after a heartbreaking loss near the end of the season, let’s see if he’s able to do it again.

PREDICTION THAT WILL BE WRONG

West Virginia takes another double digit lead in the second half, but this time we don’t completely blow it.

West Virginia 74, Baylor 69