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West Virginia Faces Bubble-Dwelling Baylor In Big 12 Quarterfinals

The Mountaineers will have to get by a hungry Baylor squad if they want to keep their Big 12 championship hopes alive

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

WHEN/WHERE

Date: Thursday, March 8th, 2018

Tip-Off Time: 9:00 PM ET

Where: Sprint Center, Kansas City, Missouri

NCAA Basketball: Big 12 Conference Tournament-Kansas State v Texas Christian William Purnell-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: Sirius 145, XM 199

ODDS

Spread: West Virginia -4.5

O/U: 141

Bracketology

MEDIA SEED 1ST RD OPPONENT 2ND RD OPPONENT LOCATION REGION
MEDIA SEED 1ST RD OPPONENT 2ND RD OPPONENT LOCATION REGION
ESPN (March 8) 5 Middle Tennessee Wichita St/Buffalo Boise, ID Midwest
CBS (March 8) 4 Murray St. Clemson/South Dakota St. Boise, ID East
SB Nation (March 8) 5 Buffalo Gonzaga/Murray St. Boise, ID East
NBC Sports (March 8) 4 Louisiana Florida/Middle Tennessee San Diego, CA South

THE ENEMY

Where are they from? Waco, Texas

Series History: Baylor leads the all-time series 8-6

Last Time: No. 21 West Virginia Mountaineers 71, Baylor Bears 60 on February 20, 2018 in Waco

SB Nation Blog: Our Daily Bears

Record: 18-13 (8-10 Big 12)

Baylor 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 (March 8) 11 N/A Miami Tennessee/Charleston Dallas. TX South
CBS (March 8) OUT - - - - -
SB Nation (March 8) 11 Saint Mary's Kentucky North Carolina/UNC Greensboro Pittsburgh, PA East
NBC Sports (March 8) 11 Marquette Miami Cincinnati/UNC Greensboro Detroit, MI South

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: Baylor at Texas Christian Andrew Dieb-USA TODAY Sports

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

Six. I think what we saw in the regular season finale against Texas was a perfect storm that just happened to go in the Longhorns’ favor. Had we not fought back after being down seven in the second half, I would be a lot more nervous about this game tonight. I feel good about this matchup. I feel like our guys have had a little rest, and they’re focused on that Big 12 Conference tournament championship. Let’s get it.

PREDICTION THAT WILL BE WRONG

The Mountaineers look more like the team we saw through the first 15 games of the season, and end up popping Baylor’s bubble.

West Virginia 71, Baylor 64