|Points Per Game||71.4||74.6|
|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|
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|
|Emmitt Matthews Jr.||14||10.1||2.5||1.9||0.5||0.2||0.2||0.4||.345||.714||.000|