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West Virginia Looks To Break Winless Road Record In Trip To Waco

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The Mountaineers are 0-6 in true road games this season. Can this be the one that breaks the trend?

NCAA Basketball: Baylor at West Virginia Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

WILL THIS BE THE ONE?

The West Virginia Mountaineers (10-16, 2-11 Big 12) showed serious signs of improvement in their matchup in Morgantown with the No. 23 Kansas State on Monday but ran out of steam in the final minutes of the game, letting the Wildcats cruise to a win on a 14-0 run late.

The Mountaineers have yet to win a true road game this season, but with the possible signs of life we saw on Monday it looks as though West Virginia is due to break that streak.

A win in Waco could provide the spark West Virginia needs to dig themselves out of last place in the Big 12 standings, with three of their final four games after today looking winnable.

WHEN/WHERE

Date: Saturday, February 23rd

Tip-Off Time: 2:00PM EST

Where: Ferrell Center, Waco, Texas

WATCH/LISTEN

TV: ESPNU

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: XM 385

ODDS

Spread: Baylor -12.5

O/U: 139.5

THE ENEMY

Where are they from? Waco, Texas

Series History:

Last Time: Baylor 85, West Virginia 73 on January 21, 2019 in Morgantown, West Virginia

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Record: 17-9 (8-5 Big 12)

Record in 2017-18: 19-15 (8-10 Big 12)

Head Coach: Scott Drew (16th Season)

NCAA Basketball: Baylor at Texas Tech Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

PROBABLE STARTERS

Based on previous game’s starters

West Virginia

No. Name Pos Ht. Wt. Class Stats
No. Name Pos Ht. Wt. Class Stats
15 Lamont West F 6-8 222 Jr. 10.1 ppg, 3.9 rpg
11 Emmitt Matthews Jr F 6-7 195 Fr. 3.1 ppg, 1.9 rpg
1 Derek Culver F 6-10 255 Fr. 11.5 ppg, 9.2 rpg
10 Jermaine Haley G 6-7 215 Jr. 3.6 ppg, 3.0 rpg
2 Brandon Knapper G 6-0 180 r-Fr. 5.5 ppg, 1.7 rpg

Baylor

No. Name Pos Ht. Wt. Class Stats
No. Name Pos Ht. Wt. Class Stats
33 Freddie Gillespie F 6-8 240 Jr. 5.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg
11 Mark Vital F 6-5 230 So. 6.3 ppg, 6.8 rpg
4 Mario Kegler F 6-7 230 So. 9.4 ppg, 5.7 rpg
10 Makai Mason G 6-1 185 Sr. 15.5 ppg, 2.4 rpg
12 Jared Butler G 6-3 185 Fr. 9.3 ppg, 2.9 rpg

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

Ten. This game is winnable if West Virginia can avoid running out of steam late. However, this will remain at Threat Level Midnight throughout the remainder of the season. Pray for the least embarrassing outcome possible at this point.

PREDICTION THAT WILL BE WRONG

West Virginia shows more signs of improvement, but ultimately goes on to lose by 10-15 points again.

Baylor 79, West Virginia 66