Baylor Bears vs West Virginia Mountaineers 1/18/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

Baylor Bears vs West Virginia Mountaineers 1/18/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

 

The #1 Baylor Bears will go against the West Virginia Mountaineers in a Big 12 Conference showdown in Wvu Coliseum, Morgantown, WV, on Tuesday, January 18, 2022, at 5:00 PM (EST). Baylor basketball’s pristine season, which lasted 15 games, came crashing down in the last six days.

 

After recent home defeats to Oklahoma State and Texas Tech, the Bears slid from No. 1 in the AP poll to No. 5. While the in-state loss was perplexing, Baylor’s 61-54 loss to lowly-ranked Ok State is proof that something isn’t right in Waco.

 

Baylor was uneasy all over against the Cowboys, unable to capitalize on late home momentum and erase a large early hole. The Baylor offense vanished after going 3-0 in the Big 12 in 2021-22, defeating No. 8-ranked Iowa State and winning double-digit victories over Oklahoma and TCU.

 

The highly-rated Bears’ young players crumbled under the weight of conference expectations. That’s a negative indication going into another dogfight against West Virginia’s tough terrain.

 

Baylor scores 79.9 points per game while allowing 59.9 points per game. The Bears, on the other hand, gave up 63 points each game in their previous two games. With reports that banged-up PG James Akinjo might miss Tuesday’s game, the odds look to be stacked against the reigning national champions.

 

  • The University of Baylor Bears is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 matches.
  • Baylor is 4-1 SU in their last 5 matches against West Virginia.
  • The Bears are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 matches in the Big 12 Conference.

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Baylor Bears vs West Virginia Mountaineers Predictions 1/18/2022

 

West Virginia is 2-2 in Big 12 play after an 11-1 non-conference schedule that included a win against then-No. 15 UConn. After defeating K-State and Oklahoma State at WVU Coliseum, Bob Huggins’ scrappy team still has one of the best home records in the country.

 

The Mountaineers had two conference defeats, both against highly-rated Kansas and Texas. WVU’s three losses in 2021-22 all came against top-25 opponents. West Virginia is better than the No. 43 national Net Ranking.

 

The Mountaineers have a 2-1 record against quad 1 opponents and are unbeaten in all other quadrants. WVU is also undefeated at home, where they restrict offense as well as any D-I team. West Virginia isn’t the club any team wants to see when they’re in a reported rut. They’re an offensively labored, defensive boogeyman.

 

The Mountaineers scored 69 points per game while giving up 62.8. These figures demonstrate Bob Huggins’ cautious, defensive stance. West Virginia’s offensive marks don’t appear to be very good. Despite this, all of their defensive and hustling metrics are excellent.

 

  • The total went OVER in 4 of West Virginia’s last 5 matches.
  • The total went OVER in 7 of West Virginia’s last 8 matches at home against Baylor.
  • West Virginia is 1-7 ATS in their last 8 matches in the Big 12 Conference.

#1 Baylor Bears vs West Virginia Mountaineers. The NCAAB pick for this game is the #1 Baylor Bears. I chose West Virginia over Texas, only to be disappointed with the result. While I don’t see WVU putting up points against Baylor, it’s difficult to trust BU’s offensive prowess against another strong defensive club, especially if Akinjo is absent.

 

My compromise is to take Baylor cautiously on Tuesday to find enough rhythm to cover against a poor-shooting West Virginia team that struggles against elite competition. Remember, Baylor came close to escaping a big early deficit against K-State. The Bears will establish just enough separation for the ATS victory to a predicted score of 71-57.

 

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Baylor Bears vs West Virginia Mountaineers 1/18/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

NCAAB Starting Time: 5:00 PM ET

 

Location: Coliseum, Morgantown, WV

 

Date: Tuesday, January 18, 2022

 

TV: ESPN

 

NCAAB Odds: #1 Baylor Bears -6.5

 

NCAAB Totals: 137.5

 

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