West Virginia vs. Baylor - 1/9/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Baylor Bears (11-4) at West Virginia Mountaineers (14-1)
College Basketball: Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 7:00 pm (WVU Colliseum)
The Line: West Virginia Mountaineers -10 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 2
The Baylor Bears will travel to WVU Coliseum to take on the 6th ranked West Virginia Mountaineers this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.
The Baylor Bears snapped their 2-game losing streak and improved to 11-4 (1-2 Big 12) on the season after defeating the Texas Longhorns, 69-60, this past Saturday. Baylor was outstanding on the defensive end in the 2nd half and pulled away late after holding the Longhorns scoreless over the final 5:08 of regulation. Baylor held Texas to 34.3% shooting from the field and 30.8% (8-26) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Bears was Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. who had 17 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 4 blocks, and 3 steals. On the season, Baylor is averaging 80.1 ppg on 49.9% shooting from the field. The Bears are averaging 7.3 three-pointers per game on 37.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Baylor has been led by Manu Lecomte (16.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 3.3 apg), Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. (16.1 ppg, 9.8 rpg, 2.0 bpg), Terry Matson (10.4 ppg, 7.0 rpg), and Nuni Omot (10.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.6 apg). Defensively, Baylor is holding their opponents to an average of 67.5 ppg on 40.6% shooting from the field. The Bears have a rebound margin of 7.9 and a turnover margin of -2.0.
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The 6th ranked West Virginia Mountaineers won their 14th straight game and improved to 14-1 (3-0 Big-12) on the season after defeating the 7th ranked Oklahoma Sooners, 89-76, this past Saturday. West Virginia did a nice job containing the explosive Trae Young, and pulled away from the Sooners after taking a 74-63 lead with 4:35 left in regulation. West Virginia shot 45.7% from the field and 85.7% (18-21) from the FT-line in the victory. Leading the way for the Mountaineers was Javon Carter who had a double-double with 17 points, 10 assists, 7 rebounds, 3 steals, and a block. On the season, West Virginia is averaging 84.5 ppg on 44.0% shooting from the field. The Mountaineers are averaging 8.9 three-pointers per game on 32.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, West Virginia has been led by Jevon Carter (16.7 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 6.9 apg, 3.7 spg), Daxter Miles Jr. (13.9 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 3.5 apg), Lamont West (12.9 ppg, 5.4 rpg), and Sagaba Konate (9.1 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 2.9 bpg). Defensively, West Virginia is holding their opponents to an average of 65.7 ppg on 39.9% shooting from the field. The Mountaineers have a rebound margin of 5.7 and a turnover margin of 8.3.
The Bears are 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 road games however, are just 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games vs. Big-12 opponents. The Mountaineers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600 and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Tuesday games.
Baylor was able to avoid a 0-3 start in Big-12 play with their victory against Texas and hope that their balanced attack that ranks 66th in scoring offense, 22nd in FG%, and 71st in defensive scoring can allow the Bears to come out of Morgantown with a victory. West Virginia continues to pile up the wins and look as if they are one of the best teams in the country as they come into this matchup ranked 26th in scoring offense, T-43rd in scoring defense, 6th in steals, and 2nd in turnover margin. West Virginia is one of the more dangerous teams in the country this season as are outstanding defensive and have some offensive weapons led by Jevon Carter and as the Bears are just 2-3 on the road this season, I think the Mountaineers continue their solid play at home and cover this spread. Take West Virginia to cover.