West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Baylor Bears, Las Vegas Odds, NCAA Basketball Sports Betting, Picks and Prediction

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WEST VIRGINIA MOUNTAINEERS BAYLOR BEARS
23-6 February 27, 7:00 PM | Ferrell Center 23-6
West Virginia at Baylor, Betting Lines
When: 7:00 PM ET, Monday, February 27, 2017
Where: Ferrell Center, Waco, Texas
TV: 7 p.m. ET, ESPNU
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
517 –West Virginia Mountaineers +1 -110 +100 Ov 138 -110
518 –Baylor Bears -1 -110 -120 Un 138 -110

The fans at Ferrell Center will be treated to a game between the West Virginia Mountaineers and the Baylor Bears when they take their seats on Monday.

ABOUT WEST VIRGINIA (23-6, 11-5 Big 12): The Mountaineers, who have won five of their last six games with the lone loss coming in overtime at conference champ Kansas, also have injury issues with 6-8 sophomore forward Esa Ahmad, the team’s second leading scorer (11.7), not making the trip because of back spasms. Junior guard Jevon Carter leads the team in scoring (12.7), assists (4.1) and a Big 12-leading 2.8 steals per game while 6-9 senior forward Nathan Adrian also is averaging in double figures (10.4) while grabbing a team-leading 6.2 rebounds per game. Junior guard Daxter Miles Jr. is averaging 8.7 points and sank the winning free throw with 4.8 seconds left at TCU after a controversial foul on Horned Frog freshman point guard Jaylen Fisher.

ABOUT BAYLOR (23-6, 10-6): The 29 turnovers in the first meeting with the Mountaineers were the most by the Bears in a game since 1999 and tied for the fourth-most in a game in school history. Rebounding was the big problem in Saturday’s loss at Iowa State, however, as the Cyclones finished with a eye-popping 37-17 edge on the boards and 26-2 advantage in second-chance points. Junior forward Johnathan Motley, an All-American and Big 12 Player of the Year candidate, leads the team in scoring (17.3) and the Big 12 in rebounding (9.8) while Lecomte (12.4) is the only other Bear averaging in double figures while also shooting 41.4 percent from 3-point range.

Oddsmakers currently have the Bears listed as 1-point favorites versus the Mountaineers, while the game’s total is sitting at 138.

Baylor garnered the first ever No. 1 ranking in school history back in early January and looked like a sure bet for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. But the ninth-ranked Bears, who have lost five of their last eight games including a 72-69 loss at Iowa State on Saturday, need to sweep their final two games starting with Monday night’s Senior Night game with No. 13 West Virginia to avoid potentially slipping all the way to a No. 5 seed in next week’s Big 12 Tournament in Kansas City.

Baylor lost the first meeting at “Press Virginia”, 89-68, on Jan. 10 in Morgantown, committing 29 turnovers in the process. Making matters potentially worse for Monday night’s rematch is that starting point guard Manu Lecomte has been nursing a sprained ankle that he re-injured early in the second half of Saturday’s loss at Iowa State and is questionable for Monday night’s contest. “We’ll wait and see at game time,” Baylor coach Scott Drew said Sunday. West Virginia, which started its two-game Texas road trip with a narrow 61-60 victory at TCU on Saturday, enters the game tied with Iowa State (19-9, 11-5) for second place but still must play the Cyclones in its regular-season finale on Friday night in Morgantown.

Baylor lost its last outing, a 72-69 result against Cyclones on February 25. They failed to cover in that game as a +1-point underdog.

West Virginia was a 61-60 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Horned Frogs. They failed to cover the -5-point spread as favorites.

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West Virginia:
Team record: 23-6 SU,14-11-1 ATS
Current Streak: won 3 straight games.
West Virginia is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 11 of West Virginia’s last 16 games
West Virginia is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road

Baylor:
Team record: 23-6 SU,12-14 ATS
Baylor is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Baylor is 19-6 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Baylor’s last 8 games

Next up:
West Virginia home to Iowa State Friday, March 3
Baylor at Texas Saturday, March 4

COLLEGE HOOPS UPDATE

1. Baylor leads the series 7-4 but the Mountaineers have won the last three meetings including 69-58 last year in Waco.

2. West Virginia leads the nation in turnovers forced per game (21.55) and steals per game (11.0).

3. The 6-10 Motley needs nine rebounds to become the first player in Baylor history with 1,000 points, 600 rebounds, 100 blocks and 100 assists.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: West Virginia Mountaineers will cover the spread at -1 and the game will go over 138 points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com

PREDICTION: West Virginia 74, Baylor 70 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage

SMART CHART
W.VA TEAM BAYLR
84.5 PTS FOR 73.0
66.4 PTS AGNST 62.4
18.1 DIFF. 10.6
22.7 DEF REBOUNDS 25.2
14.6 OFF REBOUNDS 12.5
46.7 FG% 47.3
68.0 FT% 72.0
7.7 3 POINTERS 6.8
11.0 STEALS 5.1
BETTING TRENDS
WEST VIRGINIA
The total has gone OVER in 5 of West Virginia’s last 7 games on the road
West Virginia is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
BAYLOR
Baylor is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Baylor is 19-6 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Baylor’s last 8 games
Baylor is 1-7 ATS in its last 8 games at home
Baylor is 17-2 SU in its last 19 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Baylor’s last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Baylor’s last 7 games when playing West Virginia
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
West Virginia’s Overall Scoring vs Baylor’s Overall Defense 84.5 14 62.5 15
West Virginia’s Away Scoring vs Baylor’s Home Defense 74.4 77 59.0 12
West Virginia’s Road Rebounds vs Baylor’s Home Rebounds Allowed 34.1 210 29.9 22
Baylor’s Overall Scoring vs West Virginia’s Overall Defense 73.0 188 66.4 51
Baylor’s Home Scoring vs West Virginia’s Road Defense 73.5 239 69.6 64
Baylor’s Home Rebounds vs West Virginia’s Road Rebounds Allowed 37.9 124 33.1 54

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