West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Baylor Bears Pick-Odds-Prediction 2/22/14
Baylor Bears (17-9) at West Virginia Mountaineers (15-11)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 1:30 pm (WVU Colliseum)
The Line: West Virginia Mountaineers -3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 3
Storyline: Baylor eyes four consecutive victories when they visit West Virginia at the WVU Coliseum Saturday.
The Breakdown: The Bears improved to 5-8 for 7th place in the Big 12 behind their 70-64 overtime win against Oklahoma State Monday. Senior F Corey Jefferson had a team-high 25 points and 13 rebounds, sophomore C Isaiah Austin scored 12 points and grabbed 12 boards, and junior G Kenny Cherry added 10 points and 4 assists. Baylor shot a poor 37.7 percent from the floor and 38.1 percent from outside the arc, but still narrowly topped the Cowboys’ 37.3 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from distance. The Bears dominated the boards 51-36 and converted 16 of 28 from the free throw line. On the season, Baylor is averaging 75.4 ppg on 45.7 percent shooting. Jefferson leads the team with 13.1 ppg, followed by senior Brady Heslip at 11.5 ppg.
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Meanwhile, West Virginia fell to 7-6 for 6th place in the conference after its 88-71 loss at Texas Saturday. The Mountaineers were outshot from the floor 57.9 percent to 39.7 percent, but connected on 8 of 23 from outside the arc to the Longhorns’ 4 of 13. West Virginia conceded a 41-26 advantage on the boards and converted on 17 of 25 from the free throw line. Sophomore G Eron Harris scored a game-high 21 points and grabbed 5 rebounds, junior G Juwan Staten had 14 points and 7 assists, and freshman F Nathan Adrian added 12 points off the bench. Through 26 games, WVU is averaging 79.1 ppg on 44.7 percent shooting. Staten leads the team with 18.1 ppg, followed by Harris at 17.6 ppg.
Rick’s Pick: The line in this one is currently set at -3.5 for West Virginia. When these two hooked up a little over three weeks ago, the Mountaineers squeaked out 66-64 road victory. The Mountaineers are also 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games, so it’s hard to go against them. Particularly with a team that’s become as mediocre as Baylor. Look for a West Virginia cover.