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West Virginia and Baylor Meet in Nightcap



Team Stats

Points Per Game71.474.6
Points Against63.873.3
Field Goal %43.842.2
Rebounds Per Game37.940.5
Assists Per Game13.813.2
Blocks Per Game5.44.2
Steals Per Game7.15.4



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
Sagaba Konate824.
Esa Ahmad1727.512.
James Bolden1621.812.
Derek Culver823.611.
Lamont West1823.
Wesley Harris1625.
Chase Harler1822.
Jermaine Haley1819.
Brandon Knapper1612.
Trey Doomes28.
Logan Routt179.
Jordan McCabe1710.
Emmitt Matthews Jr.1410.
Andrew Gordon186.
Taevon Horton52.



Baylor Stats
Makai Mason1431.814.
Tristan Clark1429.814.
King McClure1730.810.
Jared Butler1722.
Mario Kegler1127.
Devonte Bandoo1717.
Mark Vital1727.
Matthew Mayer1711.
Darius Allen713.
Freddie Gillespie912.
Flo Thamba169.
Obim Okeke42.



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