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How and what to watch for No. 3 Baylor vs. No. 6 West Virginia

Baylor is coming off their first loss of the season, while WVU has won three straight.

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Baylor Bears guard Adam Flagler reacts after making a three-point basket against the Iowa State Cyclones during the second half at Ferrell Center.  Raymond Carlin III-USA TODAY Sports

The Baylor Bears suffered their first loss of the season over the weekend but will look to get back on track when they head to Morgantown to take on the West Virginia Mountaineers Tuesday.

Even after taking a loss to Kansas on Saturday, Baylor (18-1, 10-1 Big 12) is still one of the strongest teams in the nation. They’re scoring nearly 85 points per game while only allowing opponents to score 63. Though in recent weeks, the margin of victory has been much smaller. The Bears come into this matchup ranked as the third-best team in the country by KenPom, with the 16th best defense and the fourth-best offense. They’re led in scoring by Jared Butler, who is averaging more than 16 points per contest. Overall, the Bears have four players averaging in double figures.

The Mountaineers (17-6, 10-4 Big 12) are riding a three-game winning streak heading into Tuesday’s matchup. Defensively they’re allowing 70 points on average, and scoring 77 points on average. But KenPom is high on their offense, ranking them just out of the top-10 units in America. WVU is led in scoring by Miles McBride and Derek Culver, who are both averaging 15 points per game. The team boasts two other players who average in double figures as well.

KenPom is giving Baylor a 65% chance to go on the road and come away with a win.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch Baylor vs. West Virginia on Tuesday, March 2nd at 5:00 p.m. ET on ESPN, or you can stream it via the ESPN app with a cable or streaming service login. If you don’t have a cable login to access the ESPN app, you can get a free trial from YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, AT&T TV Now, FuboTV, or Sling TV to stream it.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends Updated 5:00 p.m.

Point spread: Baylor -4
Point Total: 149
Money line: Baylor -180, West Virginia +148

Betting splits as of 5:00 p.m.

Baylor: 58% of action, 54% of bets
West Virginia: 42% of action, 46% of bets

  • The Bears have been a solid choice to cover, going 13-9 ATS in their last 22
  • The point total has hit the over in all but one of Baylor’s last seven games
  • WVU has been unstoppable against the spread recently, going 5-1 over their last six
  • The over has hit in seven of West Virginia’s last nine games.

The Best Bet

Baylor has the fourth-highest scoring offense in the country and had its worst scoring night all season in its latest loss. The Bears have only lost one road game while West Virginia is 7-3 at home. The Mountaineers are known to get into shootouts against ranked opponents, and that plays into the visiting team’s hands.

Pick: Baylor -4.5

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