West Virginia and Baylor will do battle with little more than seeding for the conference championship on the line Monday. That being said, bettors should take caution when looking at the spread in this game. However, the OVER could be the spot, as the Mountaineers and Bears have topped the total in seven of their past eight meetings.
– Shark Bites
- The visiting team is 1-3 SU and ATS in the last 4 games in this matchup.
- Baylor is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games as favorite.
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of West Virginia’s last 7 games on the road.
Baylor has only lost to two ranked teams this season, one of those being West Virginia. Press Virginia wreaked havoc against Baylor earlier this season, as the Bears were forced into 29 turnovers. This could be an issue Monday, as Baylor has not posted a positive turnover ratio in its past 11 games. Johnathan Motley is coming off back-to-back monstrous performances with the junior notching at least 21 points and 11 rebounds in the past two.
West Virginia is 5-1 SU in its past six with the lone loss coming against Kansas. Since that loss, junior guard Jevon Carter is averaging 21 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game. Contending with Motley will be WVU’s biggest concern, but the Mountaineers did hold him to just eight points and five rebounds in their first meeting.
Opening Odds & Computer Pick
On the opening NCAA basketball betting line for this matchup, Baylor sat as -2-point favorites over at MyBookie. Also, check out the current over/under betting total for points scored, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline
West Virginia Mountaineers vs Baylor Bears Matchup
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
The Baylor Bears bring a 23-6 record (12-14 ATS) to this tilt against the 23-6 Mountaineers, who are 14-11-1 ATS. Those OVER/UNDER betting have witnessed Baylor go 11-15 so far and the West Virginia Mountaineers go 15-11.
This game puts the Baylor Bears, most recently No. 72 in the Odds – Shark power rankings, up against the West Virginia Mountaineers, who rate No. 25 in the latest survey.
Rebounding is always a key handicapping betting consideration and West Virginia is ranked No. 78 in NCAA basketball at 37.31 per game. Contrast that with Baylor’s No. 61 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Baylor is the No. 182-ranked team in the country at 6.79 per game, while West Virginia rates No. 116 at 7.66 per game.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
Jevon Carter scored 15 points leading the Mountaineers to a 61-60 victory over TCU at Schollmaier Arena on Saturday.
Johnathan Motley went off for 27 points and added 11 rebounds but it wasn’t enough as Iowa State handed Baylor a 72-69 defeat at Hilton Coliseum.
- 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
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of West Virginia’s last 7 games on the road
- 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
Next Betting Matchups
West Virginia home to Iowa State, Friday, March 3rd
Baylor at Texas, Saturday, March 4th