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West Virginia vs Baylor Prediction, Game Preview, Live Stream, Odds and Picks

Mountaineers Seeking Revenge

Baylor Hopes to Continue Streak

Big 12 Conference teams will meet in a rematch when the West Virginia Mountaineers visit the Baylor Bears on Monday night.

The Mountaineers and Bears competed earlier this year at West Virginia, with Baylor leaving victorious 83-78.

Guard Keyonte #1 of the Baylor Bears - John Moore/AFP
Guard Keyonte #1 of the Baylor Bears - John Moore/AFP

West Virginia will be looking to avenge its home loss to the Bears and bounce back from a big loss on the road to Texas. The Mountaineers lost 94-60 to the Longhorns over then weekend, placing them eighth in the conference with a 4-8 record.

No. 9 Baylor, meanwhile, is on a three-game win streak and will be seeking its fourth in a row while earning the season sweep over West Virginia. The Bears last defeated TCU 72-68 on the road. Their 8-4 Big 12 record has left the Bears tied for second in the conference.

According to college basketball odds, Baylor (+2000) is tied for seventh in odds to win the national championship. The Bears (+350) also have the third-best odds to win the Big 12.

Let’s check the latest college basketball news, stats, injury reports and college basketball lines for West Virginia vs Baylor. We’ve got plenty of NCAA basketball picks for you to consider.

West Virginia’s Turnover Trouble

The Mountaineers’ weekend loss to Texas halted a two-game winning streak for them.

West Virginia previously defeated Oklahoma and Iowa State at home with solid offensive performances, but it struggled against the Longhorns.

The Mountaineers are third in the conference, averaging 76.8 points a game on 45.5% shooting, but failed to reach either of those marks in their loss. In its last two wins, West Virginia averaged 84.5 points on 44.5% shooting, but against Texas, it scored 60 points on 35.2% shooting.

West Virginia’s main issue in the loss, however, was its turnovers. The Mountaineers average 12.8 turnovers, but they were turned over 20 times on Saturday, leading to 32 points for the Longhorns. In its previous two wins, West Virginia averaged 10.5 turnovers, leading opponents to an average of 9.5 points.

The Mountaineers also failed to disrupt Texas. After their previous two opponents recorded 15 turnovers, leading to 19.5 points a game for the Mountaineers, West Virginia turned over the Longhorns six times to earn eight points.

In their first games against Baylor, the Mountaineers finished with seven turnovers, leading to eight Baylor points, helping to keep the game close.

West Virginia will need to do a better job in the turnover battle in order to keep up with the surging Bears.

Baylor Comes Back

The Bears grabbed their third win in a row after a come-from-behind victory against TCU.

The win was Baylor’s third this season after trailing at halftime, and the Bears had to overcome a 10-point second-half deficit to earn it.

Though Baylor and TCU kept it close in the first half, the Horned Frogs hit one more shot at the end of the half to take a 34-31 lead into halftime. Both teams were shooting well, with the Bears converting on 42.3% of their shots while the Horned Frogs finished shooting 53.8% in the first half.

The teams traded blows to start the second half, but the Frogs went on a streak to gain a double digit lead in the middle of the second.

The Bears’ comeback effort was led by Adam Flagler, who scored 16 straight for Baylor to erase the deficit and take a 66-62 lead. Flager finished with a season-high 28 points.

Flagler is Baylor’s second-leading scorer, averaging 15.9 points. Although Keyonte George leads the Bears in scoring with 16.9 points a game, he was largely ineffective against TCU, finishing with four points. Instead, it was Flagler and LJ Cryer who made the difference. Cryer, who averages 14.4 points for third on the team, scored 23 points in the win.

The Bears needed a good scoring day from all three players in their first win over West Virginia, with George leading with 32 points while Flagler and Cryer added 19 and 13, respectively.

Baylor will need another balanced scoring effort to earn its season sweep of the Mountaineers.

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West Virginia vs Baylor Head-to-Head

Monday’s matchup will be the 24th meeting between the Mountaineers and Bears, with Baylor leading the series 15-8. The Bears are on a four-game series win streak and have won seven of the last 10 meetings, including the January 2023 matchup in West Virginia.

West Virginia vs Baylor Game Information

  • Game: West Virginia (15-10, 4-8 Big 12) vs Baylor (19-6, 8-4)
  • Location: Ferrell Center, Waco, TX
  • Day/Time: Monday, Feb. 13, 9 p.m.
  • West Virginia vs Baylor Live Stream: TBS.com

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West Virginia vs Baylor Picks and Prediction

The last meeting between these two was close, and with the Mountaineers and Bears owning two of the top three offenses in the Big 12, the second matchup should be as well.

Though both teams are strong offensively, neither team has the same effect on defense. West Virginia is last in the Big 12, allowing 70.2 points a game, while Baylor is second-worst by allowing 69.1 points a game. Although both offenses have been playing well, aside from the Mountaineers’ recent loss, West Virginia’s turnover trouble combined with Baylor’s strength at home should give the Bears the edge. However, the game should remain close, allowing the Mountaineers to cover.

The Baylor Bears are listed at -285 in our Vegas lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Bears, you have a chance to win $35. The West Virginia Mountaineers are +235, offering a chance to win $235 on a $100 wager. The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives the Baylor Bears a 74.03% chance to win, with the West Virginia Mountaineers at 29.85%

The odds and predictions in the article are based on the time of writing and publication. They may differ as to when the actual event takes place.

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