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Gameday Thread: #3 Baylor (18-1; 10-1) at #6 WVU (17-6; 10-4)

March 1, 2021
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#3 Baylor (18-1; 10-1) travels to #6 West Virginia (17-6; 10-4) March 2nd at 4:00pm CST.  The game will be televised on ESPN.

KenPom Prediction:  Baylor 78 West Virginia 74


Coaches:

West Virginia:  Bob Huggins (67); 898-378 (308-167 at WVU) 24 NCAAs; 8 Sweet 16s; 4 Elite 8s; 2 Final 4s

Baylor:  Scott Drew (50); 382-223 overall (362-212 at Baylor); 8 NCAAs; 4 Sweet 16s; 2 Elite 8s

Head to Head:  Scott Drew 11-9


West Virginia Starters

Name Pos Class Ht Wt PPG RPG APG FG% 3pt% FT%
Deuce McBride PG SO 6-2 200 15.5 4.0 4.6 43 43 80
Sean McNeil SG JR 6-3 210 11.7 1.9 0.7 41 40 89
Taz Sherman SF SR 6-4 190 13.0 2.0 0.9 41 36 86
Emmitt Matthews PF JR 6-7 215 7.7 3.9 1.2 41 29 79
Derek Culver C JR 6-10 255 15.0 10.1 1.1 50 0 59

West Virginia Bench

Name Pos Class Ht Wt PPG RPG APG FG% 3pt% FT%
Jalen Bridges F FR 6-7 220 5.0 2.8 0.3 51 42 53
Gabe Osabuohein F SR 6-7 235 1.7 4.6 2.3 33 50 39
Jordan McCabe G JR 6-0 190 2.5 1.3 1.5 30 21 85

Baylor Starters

Name Pos Class Ht Wt PPG RPG APG FG% 3pt% FT%
Davion Mitchell PG JR 6-2 205 13.4 2.7 5.6 51 47 69
Jared Butler SG JR 6-3 195 16.4 3.2 4.9 48 43 74
MaCio Teague SF SR 6-4 195 14.8 4.2 1.6 46 35 87
Mark Vital  PF SR 6-5 250 5.8 5.9 1.3 47 0 49
Flo Thamba C JR 6-10 245 4.0 4.5 0.2 64 0 57

Baylor Bench

Name Pos Class Ht Wt PPG RPG APG FG% 3pt% FT%
Adam Flagler G SO 6-3 180 10.5 2.1 1.5 49 43 80
Jon Tchamwa F SO 6-9 245 7.5 6.0 0.3 59 0 76
Matt Mayer F JR 6-9 225 7.5 3.6 1.1 51 45 55
LJ Cryer G FR 6-1 185 4.4 0.6 1.0 43 41 67
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Gameday Thread: #3 Baylor (18-1; 10-1) at #6 WVU (17-6; 10-4)

10,436 Views | 267 Replies | Last: 1 mo ago by BearTruth
MrGolfguy
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Just win Bears!
Ewalker80
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I think the biggest key is increasing our defensive intensity and battling with them on the boards. A more healthy JTT (who is our second leading rebounder) would be a huge boost in the rebounding department. If we can play closer to normal defense and stay relatively close in rebounds, I think we likely win. If not it will require a great shooting day, which we don't want to count on on the road after a 3-week pause.
IowaBear
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We're the better overall team. And when healthy a complete WV does not match up at all. But after Saturday I have very little faith that will get a dub tomm. A lot of things would need to change. The defensive intensity/defensive rebounding for starters. If they kill us on the glass it's going to be a long game again. Got to think the 3pt shooting will come around. It can't get much worse then these last 2 games from a 3pt shooting perspective.
BellCountyBear
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L#2 on the way.
fubar
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Did Lomers make the trip?
gobears20
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Staff
We can do this!
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BUbackerinET
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Just don't think so, chicken little. JTT had Covid legs, and therefore our rebounding was substantially sub-par on Saturday. Add to that the fact that all of our guards had bad nights on the same night, and you're going to lose against Kansas almost always. Doubt both of those power outages happen again tomorrow.
william
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lwtt.

- kkm

gb!
BellCountyBear
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BUbackerinET said:

Just don't think so, chicken little. JTT had Covid legs, and therefore our rebounding was substantially sub-par on Saturday. Add to that the fact that all of our guards had bad nights on the same night, and you're going to lose against Kansas almost always. Doubt both of those power outages happen again tomorrow.
Put your money on it. $20 or $50? Good either way. What apps do you use?
BUbackerinET
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Sorry, friend don't bet on my Bears - any team. Just don't do it.
IowaBear
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How's everyone feeling about this one? I see a 7-10 point loss. But I've been pleasantly surprised before so I'm a little optimistic.
BUbackerinET
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I think we bounce back, but I wouldn't bet on it - just too many variables with this Covid situation - mostly related to stamina.
ImABearToo
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I think we'll see a close game throughout but our conditioning becomes an issue in the last five minutes. Rubber legs catch up to us and Neers wear us down and sit on a 5-7 point lead in last 60 seconds. We get rested and healthy after this game and are unbeatable in the final stretch run. Natty on the Brazos.
BUbackerinET
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Very well could happen, but I think we dig deep and conquer the stamina issue, and prevail in a very close game - final possession - they miss a 3 to tie, we win by 3. And then get all hands healthy and big runs in both tournaments, ending in a final 4 appearance.
MrGolfguy
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I expect Butler to have a big bounce back, coming off possibly his worst game since he's been at Baylor.
As for the team, the last 2 games are troubling but i think they are working their way back to form and this game is a toss up to me; wouldn't be surprised with a BU win or another sluggish looking loss.
Quinton
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Crazy the #4 team is Illinois who we handled and has 6 losses. How many losses would take us below 3? It wouldn't make sense until 4 or so but I'm sure recency bias is strong. We're only 100 ahead somehow
StatMan
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I honestly don't feel good about Baylor's chances against West Virginia tonight. Even if the Bears shoot and score more consistently, it still might not be enough for a win at Morgantown. Better chance of becoming 2021 Big XII Conference Champions at the Ferrell Center in Waco Thursday night. I'll watch the action late this afternoon and early evening, but will be somewhat nervous most of the basketball game.
Texasjeremy
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StatMan said:

I honestly don't feel good about Baylor's chances against West Virginia tonight. Even if the Bears shoot and score more consistently, it still might not be enough for a win at Morgantown. Better chance of becoming 2021 Big XII Conference Champions at the Ferrell Center in Waco Thursday night. I'll watch the action late this afternoon and early evening, but will be somewhat nervous most of the basketball game.
Thank you
IowaBear
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It's weird that's it's 3:30... and almost tip off
MrGolfguy
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Texasjeremy said:

StatMan said:

I honestly don't feel good about Baylor's chances against West Virginia tonight. Even if the Bears shoot and score more consistently, it still might not be enough for a win at Morgantown. Better chance of becoming 2021 Big XII Conference Champions at the Ferrell Center in Waco Thursday night. I'll watch the action late this afternoon and early evening, but will be somewhat nervous most of the basketball game.
Thank you
x 10
StatMan
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Ready to watch this Top 10 showdown on ESPN from 'StatMan Sports Central'. SIC 'EM, BEARS!
BUbackerinET
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Good signs of life early
Jacques Strap
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Great start.

36 more minutes like that and we'll all be happy.
BUbackerinET
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Mitchell may go off here - he's looking good, both off the dribble and from 3.
vanillabryce
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Defense looks quicker today
vanillabryce
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Culver is great at drawing fouls. He's able to make explosive moves and draw fouls while being under control
vanillabryce
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Mitchell w 8 points
BUbackerinET
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BS call on JTT there
vanillabryce
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100% BS
vanillabryce
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Mayer w great look to Vital.
ImABearToo
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We have that look in our eyes again. Confidence.
vanillabryce
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Vital 0-2 from line
BUbackerinET
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Foul discrepancy a little concerning to me at this point.
DanaDane
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Vital at the FT line is almost equivalent to an automatic turnover.
BUbackerinET
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1-4 overall made 1 of 2 earlier
 
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