Baylor Bears vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - 2/28/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
West Virginia Mountaineers (22-6) at Baylor Bears (20-7)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 4:00 pm (Ferrell Center)
The Line: Baylor Bears -4.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN U
The West Virginia Mountaineers will travel to the Ferrell Center to take on the Baylor Bears this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The 20th-ranked West Virginia Mountaineers improved to 22-6 (10-5 Big 12) on the season after defeating the Texas Longhorns, 71-64, this past Tuesday. West Virginia shot 42.3% from the field and 36.8% (7-19) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Mountaineers was Devin Williams who had 14 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 assists. West Virginia is ranked 21st in the RPI Standings and has played the 62nd ranked SOS. On the season, the Mountaineers have been led by Juwan Staten (14.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 4.6 apg) and Devin Williams (11.0 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 1.3 apg). West Virginia is averaging 74.3 ppg (ranked 32nd) on 41.1% shooting (ranked 281st). The Mountaineers average 6.4 three-pointers per game (ranked 175th) and 14.3 apg (ranked 68th). West Virginia is holding their opponents to an average of 65.5 ppg (ranked 147th) on 46.5% shooting (ranked 320th). The Mountaineers average 11.4 spg (ranked 1st) and have a turnover margin of 8.0 (ranked 1st).
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The 19th-ranked Baylor Bears improved to 21-7 (9-6 Big 12) on the season after defeating the Iowa State Cyclones, 79-70, this past Wednesday. Baylor shot 45.8% from the field and 53.8% (14-26) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Bears was Kenny Chery who had 15 points, 6 rebounds, and 7 assists. Baylor is ranked 11th in the RPI Standings and has played the 4th ranked SOS. On the season, the Bears have been led by Rico Gathers (11.5 ppg, 11.9 rpg, 1.0 bpg) and Kenny Chery (11.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 4.0 apg). Baylor is averaging 69.5 ppg (ranked 118th) on 43.3% shooting (ranked 184th). The Bears average 7.0 three-pointers per game (ranked 102nd) and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.19 (ranked 75th). Baylor is holding their opponents to an average of 59.2 ppg (ranked 22nd) on 39.4% shooting (ranked 38th). The Bears pull down 40.18 total rpg (ranked 5th) and have a rebound margin of 9.2 (ranked 3rd).
The Mountaineers are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games following a ATS win and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games following a S.U. win. The Bears are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games.
Both West Virginia and Baylor picked up big conference wins earlier this week and each come into this match-up with 3-game winning streaks. In their first match-up Baylor jumped all over West Virginia from the start en-route to a dominating 87-69 victory. West Virginia was able to force Baylor into making 19 turnovers, however, had trouble protecting the ball themselves as they committed 16 turnovers and lost the rebounding battle by a 43-35 margin. West Virginia will press you anywhere on the court for all 40 minutes, however, if you can break their press, they don't have the greatest half-court defensive and can certainly be scored on. Baylor is a great defensive team and as long as they don't let West Virginia get too many points off turnovers, I think Baylor will run away with this one. I'm taking Baylor to cover at home.