#4 Baylor Bears (26-3) at West Virginia Mountaineers (20-10)
NCAA Men's Basketball: Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. (WVU Coliseum)
Line and Odds: Baylor PK (-110) -- Over/Under 128.5
Free NCAA Basketball Pick Baylor Bears vs. West Virginia Mountaineers
On Saturday, the final Big-12 matchups are taking place and there's a good one in West Virginia. The #4 ranked team in the country the Baylor Bears are coming to Morgantown to take on the Mountaineers on their Senior Night. The Bears have lost more games in the last two weeks than they have all year going 3-2 in that span. The Mountaineers haven't been playing great either dropping three in a row, before redeeming themselves against Iowa State.
It's the final game of the season for the Mountaineers in Morgantown as they gear up for the Big-12 tournament next week. Joe Lunardi currently has the Mountaineers sitting at an 8-seed in the NCAA tournament. With a win over the #4 ranked Bears, it would give them a boost in their seeding. The team narrowly escaped with a win after being down 13 at halftime the last time out against Iowa State 66-61. Derek Culver and Miles McBride led the scoring for the Mountaineers with 17 points apiece.
Bob Huggins crew on offense may not have any star-studded names on the roster, but they are good enough to get the job done. The Mountaineers are averaging 70.10 points per game, which is good for 210th in the country. Freshman Oscar Tshiebwe averages 11.1 PPG and is West Virginia's leading scorer. The Mountaineers rely heavily on their size advantage and try to operate their scoring in the paint.
Defensively, is where West Virginia has thrived on the season. They rank 19th in the nation on defense allowing opponents to score 62.37 points per meeting. The Mountaineers are letting teams shoot just 39.08% from the floor and 29.02% from beyond the arc. They are also the best team in the Big-12 at forcing opponents to turn the ball over having forced 270 turnovers on the season in conference play.
Scott Drew and company look to spoil the fun on Senior Night in Morgantown taking on the Mountaineers for the second time this season. In the first matchup, Baylor came out on top 70-59 allowing the Mountaineers to shoot just 34% from the field. The Bears are coming off an overtime win against Texas Tech in their last game 71-68. Baylor is having trouble filling Mark Vital's (no pun intended) vital role as he is most likely college basketball's defensive player of the year. They won't be without him long as the conference tournament is next week, but it makes Baylor very vulnerable right now.
Baylor's offense is led by their guard combination of MaCio Teague and Jared Butler. Butler is averaging 15.8 PPG, and Teague is averaging 14.1 PPG. The Bears as a team are averaging 71.38 points per game, which is ranked 166th in the nation. Scott Drew needs them to perform well for his team to have success.
On defense, the Bears are probably the most talented team in the country. They are surrendering 59.59 points per contest while allowing teams to shoot 39.53% from the field and 30.99% from beyond the arc. Statistically, the Bears are the 6th ranked defense in the nation and the best in the Big-12. They are at a slight disadvantage on the defensive end for this week though, as Mark Vital will most likely sit or play a limited role due to injury.
Cover The Spread 365 NCAA Basketball Betting Trends
- West Virginia is 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 games.
- Mountaineers are 2-6 SU in their last 8 games.
- West Virginia is 9-6 ATS at home this season.
- Baylor is 7-2 ATS on the road this season.
- Bears are 3-2 SU in their last 5 games this season.
- Baylor is 8-3 ATS in it's last 11 games played on a Saturday.
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