West Virginia vs. Baylor - 3/7/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Baylor Bears (26-3) at West Virginia Mountaineers (20-10)
College Basketball: Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 1:00 pm (WVU Coliseum)
The Line: West Virginia Mountaineers -1 -- Over/Under: 125.5
The Baylor Bears and the West Virginia Mountaineers meet in college basketball action from WVU Coliseum on Saturday.
Baylor enters play here at 26-3 overall. In the last four games Baylor is just 2-2, falling to Kansas and TCU while otherwise beating Kansas State and Texas Tech during that time.
In the win over Texas Tech, Baylor’s Devonte Bandoo led the team on 18 points with four assists and three rebounds. Jared Bulter added 17 points, six rebounds and two assists there, and MaCio Teague had 14 points with four rebounds.
Over on the West Virginia side, they’re 20-10 this year. After falling in three straight games to TCU, Texas and Oklahoma, West Virginia got back in the win column versus Iowa State in their last game.
In the win over Iowa State, West Virginia’s Derek Culver and Miles McBride each posted 17 points along with a combined five assists and 12 rebounds. Taz Sherman added 12 points and two boards there, and Oscar Tshiebwe had 11 points and nine boards.
West Virginia is 16-34-1 ATS in their last 51 Saturday games and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 home games. West Virginia is 2-6 ATS in their last eight overall and 1-4 ATS in their last five after an ATS win.
Meanwhile, Baylor is 8-3 ATS in their last 11 Saturday games and 7-2 ATS in their last nine after an ATS loss. Baylor is 38-18-1 ATS in their last 57 road games and 11-5 ATS in their last 16 after a straight-up win.
Baylor had some trouble with a feisty but mediocre TCU team on the road, and ended up losing 75-72. Aside from that, Baylor’s only other recent blemish was the 64-61 home loss to Kansas, which ended up pretty respectable considering how good the Jayhawks are.
As for West Virginia, they put up a nice 77-point total in their last game but prior to that they’d been at 65 or below in seven straight games. All things considered here, I can’t find a lot of reasons not to pick Baylor for the cover, especially since the number is enticing.