Baylor Bears vs. West Virginia Mountaineers Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/28/14
West Virginia Mountaineers (11-9) at Baylor Bears (13-6)
College Basketball: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Ferrell Center)
The Line: Baylor Bears -6.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Storyline: The Baylor Bears hope to snap a four-game skid when they host the West Virginia Mountaineers Tuesday.
The Breakdown: The Bears are reeling after dropping their fourth straight in a 74-60 home loss to Texas Saturday and now sit in 9th place in the Big 12 with a conference record of 1-5. Baylor shot a dismal 32.1 percent from the field and connected on just 3 of 17 from outside the arc, while allowing the Longhorns to shoot 44.8 percent from the floor and finish with a 43-40 advantage on the boards. Senior G Gary Franklin had a team-high 14 points off the bench, including 2 of 5 from downtown, and sophomore F Taurean Prince added 12 points and 6 rebounds. The Bears trailed 31-27 at the break and never got closer than 4 points in the second half. On the season, Baylor is averaging 76.3 ppg on 46.7 percent shooting and senior F Corey Jefferson leads the team with 12.9 ppg.
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West Virginia, meanwhile, is in 7th place in the conference, dropping to 3-4 after an 81-75 loss at Oklahoma State Saturday. The Mountaineers were outshot from the field 44.1 percent to 36.8 percent, but shot well from distance, topping the Cowboys 40 percent to 16.7 percent. The Mountaineers also finished with a 41-36 rebounding advantage, but committed 15 turnovers. Sophomore G Eron Harris had a team-high 21 points, including 6 of 7 from outside the arc, and junior G Juwan Staten added 19 points on 7 of 16 from the field. Through 20 games, West Virginia is averaging 78.8 ppg on 45.3 percent shooting. Harris leads the team with 17.6 ppg, followed by Staten at 17.3 ppg.
Rick’s Pick: The line in this matchup is currently set at -6.5 for Baylor. The Bears have plummeted a long way since beginning the Big 12 season at #7. Three weeks later, they’ve been bounced from the rankings altogether. This is a must-win for Baylor, as is just about every game from here on out. Look for a closer game than the spread, though.