The West Virginia Mountaineers will battle the Baylor Bears on Saturday in Morgantown at 1:30p.m at the WVU Coliseum. The game will be televised on the Big 12 Network.
West Virginia is 75-24 in the WVU Coliseum under Bob Huggins, including a 38-21 mark in league games at home.
The Mountaineers have won 95 of their last 119 games against unranked teams, including 48 of their last 54 at the WVU Coliseum.
West Virginia (15-11,7-6 in the Big 12) is coming off an 88-71 loss to Texas. The Mountaineers headed into Austin on a roll, perhaps being one of the toughest teams to face in the Big 12 this second half of the regular season.
Juwan Staten was named a finalist for the "Bob Cousy" Award, given to the nation's top point guard. Staten has had 14 points or more in 18 straight games, including 20 points or more six of the past twelve games.
Eron Harris scored 21 points for West Virginia while the Longhorns had five players score in double digits with Javan Ridley and Cameron Felix combining for a total of 35 points. As a team Texas had a field goal percentage of 61 in the first half, finishing with a 58% in the second.
The Baylor Bears (17-9,5-12 in the Big 12) have won in overtime at home for the second time in three days. The Bears handed Oklahoma State their seventh straight loss winning 70-64 on Monday night. Cory Jefferson was the leading scorer with 25 points and Isaiah Austin had 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Bears who won for the fourth time in six games.
This game is a bottle of post-season survival for both teams. Baylor has five regular season games left a 3-2 finish would mean 8 league wins. A couple Big 12 tourney wins and the Bears are in discussion. Currently Baylor has an RPI of 43.
If your trying to win the Big 12 championship, you have to win your home games because the road is so tough. The Mountaineers should understand what is needed of them in these next five games and come the Big 12 tournament in Kansas City.
The Mountaineers need to win three of its last five regular season games, and a win in the tournament in order to reach that magic number of 19 wins by Selection Sunday.