Date: Tuesday, January 9, 2017
Tip-off: 7:00 p.m. ET
Venue: WVU Coliseum, Morgantown, W. Va.
Radio: Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG (Tony Caridi & Jay Jacobs)
TV Stream: ESPN2 (Jon Sciambi and Tom Crean)
Projected West Virginia Lineup
Daxter Miles Jr.
Projected Baylor Lineup
Jo Lual-Acil Jr.
Why West Virginia Will Win
The Mountaineers won their 14th straight game, the longest winning streak in the country and WVU found itself at No. 2 in this week’s AP Top 25. A year ago Baylor climbed to the top of the polls and the Mountaineers came out and knocked them off a few days later, something the Bears won’t forget. During Saturday’s win over Oklahoma, WVU’s defense stumped the Sooners. The Mountaineers held Oklahoma to 20 points less than their season average. In that win, freshman Teddy Allen came off the bench and scored 20 points. The 6-foot-5 forward is emerging into a force and just what WVU needed from its bench. Senior Jevon Carter finished with 17 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds but his stifling defense helped contain Trae Young. Lamont West (12.9 points) is averaging 18 points over the last two games. Senior Daxter Miles Jr. (13.9 points) didn’t provide a lot offensively against the Sooners but his defense was on point. Sophomore Sagaba Konate was the difference maker on Saturday. The sophomore had 16 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks. His defensive performance was one of the best on the season. Konate dominated the rim. Baylor picked up its first win in the Big 12 over Texas. The Bears got huge performances from Manu Lecomte (16.8 points, 5.3 assists) and center Jo Lual-Acuil (16.1 points, 9.8 rebounds). Nuni Omot (10.4 points), King McClure (10.3 points) and Tristan Clark (8.1 points, 5.5 rebounds) round out Baylor’s starting unit. Lecomte is 4th in the Big 12 in scoring (16.8) and 2nd in free throw pct. (.914), Lual-Acuil averaged 22.5 points and 8.5 rebounds last week. Last season he picked up double-doubles in both games against the Mountaineers.
West Virginia 86 , Baylor 78