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West Virginia and Baylor Meet in Nightcap

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Team Stats

Points Per Game 71.4 74.6
Points Against 63.8 73.3
Field Goal % 43.8 42.2
Rebounds Per Game 37.9 40.5
Assists Per Game 13.8 13.2
Blocks Per Game 5.4 4.2
Steals Per Game 7.1 5.4
Streak W2 W1

 

 

The West Virginia Mountaineers (9-9, 1-5) host the Baylor Bears (11-6, 3-2) inside the WVU Coliseum Monday night at 9:00. The Bears lead the all-time series 8-7; however, the Mountaineers have won the last six out of seven meetings including three-straight over Baylor.

Both programs are coming into the game with top 10 wins. West Virginia is coming off their first Big 12 win of the season, in a one-point upset win over the seventh ranked Kansas Jayhawks Saturday afternoon. Baylor is coming into the game with back-to-back wins, with a win at Oklahoma State and beat No. 8 Texas Tech on Saturday.

The Bears have been without their only returning starter from last season, center Tristan Clark, the last three games due to a season ending knee injury. As a result, Baylor head coach Scott Drew has gone with a smaller lineup.

Before Clarks injury, The Bears relied on defense and rebounds, but now the Bears are trying to out-shoot their opponents. Drew moved 6-foot-5 forward Mark Vital to the five-spot and has averaged 10 rebounds per game during the three-game span.

Freshman Jared Butler entered the starting lineup and he’s stepped up, averaging 16.3 points and 4.3 assists in that span.

Senior Makai Mason has been deadly from three-point range, hitting 58.3% (7-12) in the last two games.

I expect the Mountaineers to take advantage of their size and get the ball down into the paint. West Virginia will have their hands full as Baylor will spread the floor when they have the ball. That’s been a bit of an Achilles’ heel for WVU, but the overall performance against Kansas might have finally gotten the Mountaineers over the proverbial hump.

West Virginia played with effort, something West Virginia head coach called them out on in their 31-point loss at TCU. If the Mountaineers can show the same offensive patience and hustle on defense, they’ll get back-to-back wins for the first time since beating Jacksonville State and Lehigh in late December.

 

West Virginia Stats
Player GP MIN PPG RPG APG SPG BPG TPG FG% FT% 3P%
Sagaba Konate 8 24.1 13.6 8.0 1.4 0.8 2.8 2.1 .435 .813 .391
Esa Ahmad 17 27.5 12.5 5.5 1.8 0.9 0.6 2.7 .453 .679 .237
James Bolden 16 21.8 12.2 2.8 2.6 1.1 0.2 2.3 .416 .784 .342
Derek Culver 8 23.6 11.9 8.4 1.3 0.3 0.8 1.3 .581 .605 .000
Lamont West 18 23.1 11.0 4.3 0.9 0.6 0.3 1.1 .399 .770 .330
Wesley Harris 16 25.8 8.3 4.8 0.9 0.5 0.6 1.5 .417 .644 .375
Chase Harler 18 22.9 4.9 1.2 1.2 0.3 0.3 0.6 .383 .692 .333
Jermaine Haley 18 19.8 4.0 3.2 1.4 0.8 0.0 1.4 .522 .700 .231
Brandon Knapper 16 12.4 4.0 1.8 1.7 0.3 0.0 1.9 .345 .789 .333
Trey Doomes 2 8.5 3.5 2.5 1.0 0.5 0.0 0.5 .400 .600 .000
Logan Routt 17 9.4 2.7 2.5 0.1 0.2 0.4 0.4 .474 .476 .000
Jordan McCabe 17 10.8 2.5 1.2 1.5 0.4 0.0 0.9 .235 .667 .344
Emmitt Matthews Jr. 14 10.1 2.5 1.9 0.5 0.2 0.2 0.4 .345 .714 .000
Andrew Gordon 18 6.7 2.4 1.8 0.1 0.1 0.2 1.1 .487 .429 .000
Taevon Horton 5 2.0 0.2 0.0 0.4 0.0 0.0 0.0 .000 .500 .000
Totals 18 75 41 13 5 4 15 .422 .692 .323

 

 

Baylor Stats
Player GP MIN PPG RPG APG SPG BPG TPG FG% FT% 3P%
Makai Mason 14 31.8 14.7 2.6 2.8 0.5 0.0 2.4 .417 .839 .363
Tristan Clark 14 29.8 14.6 6.3 1.6 1.1 2.4 1.6 .737 .667 .250
King McClure 17 30.8 10.8 5.5 2.6 1.7 0.3 2.1 .414 .842 .395
Jared Butler 17 22.5 8.2 2.1 2.3 1.0 0.2 1.2 .388 .882 .299
Mario Kegler 11 27.1 7.7 6.0 1.0 0.6 0.9 2.5 .355 .556 .129
Devonte Bandoo 17 17.5 6.8 1.6 1.1 0.3 0.1 0.9 .429 .947 .373
Mark Vital 17 27.1 6.2 7.7 2.3 1.2 0.6 2.3 .432 .400 .200
Matthew Mayer 17 11.8 5.6 2.1 0.7 0.5 0.3 0.7 .326 .700 .316
Darius Allen 7 13.4 3.4 1.7 0.6 0.7 0.9 0.7 .333 .333 .176
Freddie Gillespie 9 12.8 2.6 2.9 0.1 0.4 0.4 1.0 .467 .750 .000
Flo Thamba 16 9.8 2.0 2.0 0.2 0.2 0.7 0.8 .571 .615 .000
Obim Okeke 4 2.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.3 .000 .000 .000
Totals 17 71 38 14 7 5 14 .438 .678 .318

 

 

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