Basketball Pick: West Virginia vs. Baylor
Date/Time: January 28th, 7:00 ET
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The Big 12 season marches on Tuesday night as the Baylor Bears will play host to the West Virginia Mountaineers at 7:00 p.m. ET inside the Ferrell Center on ESPN2. Both teams will be fighting to improve their position from the bottom of the conference as tournament time is right around the corner.
West Virginia comes into this one fresh off a tough 81-75 loss on the road to the No. 11 Oklahoma State Cowboys on Saturday. The Mountaineers were able to stay close in that game, but just didn’t have enough steam to pull what would have been a big upset. Sophomore G Eron Harris scored 21 points and grabbed six boards in the loss. Harris is the Mountaineers leading scorer this season averaging 17.6 points per game. West Virginia has lost three of its last four games coming into this crucial road contest with the conference’s second worst team on Tuesday. The Mountaineers are looking to improve upon a 3-4 SU record inside of conference play that includes road wins over the winless TCU Horned Frogs and the 2-5 Texas Tech Red Raiders who they also defeated at home. West Virginia’s offense ranks 36th in the country scoring 78.8 points per game, but its defense could use a lot of work as it gives up 71.1 points per contest. At 8-9 ATS the Mountaineers will most likely not be favored to win this game down in the Lone Star State.
Baylor is having a disastrous Big XII campaign thus far, and it has lost its last two home games including a 74-60 drubbing by Texas on Saturday. The Bears’ one conference win came over last place TCU, other than that it has been a season to forget in conference play thus far. Senior F Cory Jefferson leads the team scoring 12.9 points per game and averaging 8.3 boards per game. Jefferson managed just eight points against Texas though he did record nine rebounds and three blocks in that game. The problem for Baylor coach Scott Drew has been finding any consistent scoring from his team since the beginning of the conference season. After a signature 67-62 win over the No. 3 ranked Kentucky Wildcats, Drew’s team has dropped three in a row to ranked teams. The Bears will need all hands on deck to beat a tough West Virginia team in this one. So far, Baylor is just 2-3 ATS on its home floor with the covers coming over TCU and the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns.
In his last trip to Waco, Harris torched the Bears for 25 points in a 65-62 loss. We expect another big game from Harris who has put up double figures in scoring in nine of his last 10 games. Look for West Virginia to be ready to play this game and find a way to beat Baylor on the road. The Mountaineers will improve their 4-3 ATS road record with a big victory in Waco. West Virginia 68 – Baylor 61