The Big 12 Tournament is in action at the Sprint Center in Kansas City on Thursday, as the Baylor Bears will take on the West Virginia Mountaineers. This is the battle of the 3/6 teams, with the winner taking on the winners of Texas Tech or Texas/Iowa State. The Baylor Bears come into the game with an 18-13 record, and 8-10 record in the Big 12.
The West Virginia Mountaineers tied with Texas Tech for second in the league, but lost the tiebreaker and grabbed the third seed. The Mountaineers are 22-9 on the season and won 11 out of 18 league games. The West Virginia Mountaineers are -5 over the Baylor Bears in this Big 12 Basketball game on Thursday.
The Baylor Bears, led by head coach Scott Drew are not for sure in the NCAA Tournament yet. A win here, and a win over Texas Tech would get the to 20 wins, and to the Big 12 title game. That would for sure be enough. The Bears have wins over Kansas, Texas Tech and Oklahoma on the season, but lost 6 out of 7 during conference play to put them behind the 8 ball.
The Bears are led in scoring by Manu Lecomte with 15.7 points per game. He is one of three guys for the Bears scoring double digits per game. The other two guys are Terry Maston and Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. They are combining for more than 25 points per game. Baylor scored just shy of 76 points per game on the season.
Huggins Looking to Get Mountaineers Back on Track
Bob Huggins and his West Virginia Mountaineers have had a really good year, that could have been great with the ability to close games. The Mountaineers blew a big lead against Texas A+M to start the season, and then it happened twice to Kansas and also Kentucky. Even the latest loss against Texas, West Virginia had a great chance to win the game.
West Virginia is anchored by senior guard Jevon Carter. He is one of five players for the Mountaineers scoring double digits per game. Carter leads with 17 points per game and 6.5 assists per game. The Mountaineers are going to reach the NCAA Tournament for the 29th time in school history.
Bears Upset Mountaineers
What a game this should be in Kansas City. In fact, the entire Big 12 tournament is bound to be crazy. Look for the Baylor Bears to play with a little more motivation. The Mountaineers are already in the big dance, and their seed will not change too much. For Baylor, a loss could knock them off the bubble. A win could safely put them in. Look for Baylor to handle the West Virginia pressure and take down the Mountaineers in this game. Bet Baylor +5.
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