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Games Against Kansas, Baylor Mark Important Week for WVU Hoops

Cody Nespor

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Following another road loss Saturday afternoon, No. 13 West Virginia is sitting in third place in the Big 12 with a 6-4 conference record. Ahead of West Virginia (18-5, 6-4 Big 12) in the standings are No. 3 Kansas (20-3, 9-1) and No. 1 Baylor (21-1, 10-0) both of whom the Mountaineers will play this coming week.

Getting a one or two-seed for the Big 12 tournament is looking less and less likely for WVU as the Jayhawks and Bears continue to win. With its struggles on the road, West Virginia may even be hard-pressed to hang onto third place.

Tied with the Mountaineers for third in the Big 12 are the Texas Tech Red Raiders (15-8, 6-4). WVU and TTU have already played both games against one another this season, with each team winning at home. West Virginia hosts Kansas on Wednesday and travels to Waco, Texas to play Baylor on Saturday. Texas Tech will host TCU (13-10, 4-6) Monday and play at Oklahoma State (11-12, 1-9) Saturday.

West Virginia has already played Kansas this season in the Big 12 opener in Lawrence. West Virginia held a 10-point lead at halftime in that game but ended up losing 60-53. Saturday will be the first time WVU and Baylor meet this season. The Bears will travel to Morgantown for the regular season finale on Mar. 7.

Texas Tech lost to TCU in Fort Worth on Jan. 21 and defeated  Oklahoma State at home by 35 in its Big 12 opener. With a good week, the Red Raiders could surpass the Mountaineers in the standings.

West Virginia and Kansas will tip-off from the WVU Coliseum at 7 p.m. WVU and Baylor will tip-off in Waco at 4 p.m. EST.

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Cody is currently a second-year graduate student at West Virginia University studying journalism. His graduate research focuses on the effects newspaper closures have on local communities. He graduated from Slippery Rock University in 2018 with a degree in digital media production. He was born and raised in Mercer, Pennsylvania.

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