At last. The No. 2 Baylor Bears are going to see action after a long while, as they host the No. 10 West Virginia Mountaineers in Waco this coming Thursday. Check out our preview of this game below along with the odds and prediction of the winning team.
Betting Preview for the West Virginia Mountaineers vs Baylor Bears NCAA College Basketball Game on February 25 2021
Where: Ferrell Center, Waco, TX
When: Thursday, February 25, 2021, 5:00 PM ET
Betting on the West Virginia Mountaineers (odds)
Record: 15-6 Overall / 8-4 Conference
West Virginia got back in the win column after scoring a thrilling 84-82 win in Austin over the Texas Longhorns last Saturday. Prior to that, West Virginia lost in a heartbreaking 91-90 home double-overtime loss to the Oklahoma Sooners at home on Feb. 13. Nevertheless, West Virginia is now 4-1 over its last five games, heading into a matchup against the TCU Horned Frogs this Tuesday, which the Mountaineers are expected to win. What the Mountaineers will bring to the table against Baylor is a frenetic offense that is second in the Big 12 with 109.4 points per 100 possessions. They seem to have what it takes to keep with Baylor in a possible shootout, as the Mountaineers are shooting 37.4 percent from behind the arc. They also score a bunch of points from the foul line, making up for their mediocre 43.2 field goal percentage.
West Virginia, which is second is 12th in the nation with 23.8 FT attempts per game, is 2-1 against the spread in its last three visits to Waco.
Betting on the Baylor Bears (odds)
Record: 17-0 Overall / 9-0 Conference
Baylor continued its unbeaten run this season by walloping the Texas Longhorns on Feb. 2 in Austin, 83-69. There are some concerns about Baylor’s form after a long layoff, as the Bears have had to deal with a three-week break due to COVID-19-related issues, but that could also just be people trying to find any hole in a seemingly spotless team. Baylor is the second-highest scoring team in the nation by average. The Bears are putting up 87.0 points per game on 50.7 percent shooting from the field, which is even more impressive when taken with the context that they are shooting 43.9 percent from downtown. The Bears have a bunch of snipers who are stretching the floor for easy penetrations when not launching accurate shots from deep. Not only are the Bears terrific shooters, but they are also among the best in the nation on defense. The Bears are allowing just 62.8 points per game with opponents hitting just 41.5 percent of their shots from the field.
Baylor, which faces the Iowa State Cyclones this Tuesday at home, is 3-1 straight up in the last four meetings with the Mountaineers, dating back to 2019.
West Virginia shocks Baylor in a 78-76 win.
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