Written and authored by NCAA Basketball March Madness Expert Analyst Charlie Red McDougall. Charliessports.com produces it for Basketball news and notes. The teams will play on Thursday March 12th, 2015. At 12:30 PM EST on the ESPN2 Television Network.
The (23-8) 18th ranked West Virginia Mountaineers of the Big-Twelve Conference makes the trip from the Mountain State to the “SHOW ME STATE”. West Virginia will play the (23-8) and sixteenth-ranked Baylor Bears also of the Big 12 in 2015 College Basketball Conference Tournament action. The teams will play at the Sprint Center in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. This Sports Handicapper believes the number five-seed West Virginia Mountaineers has the most experienced Head Coach in the Conference, and he knows how to win. The four-speed Baylor Bear exceeded all expectations this season. The opening betting line has West Virginia as a three-point underdog Against The Spread on a neutral court, the betting odds total is not available for Thursday’s game.
The 2015 West Virginia Mountaineers dropped two of their last three. The Mountaineers beat Oklahoma State 81-72 in Morgantown on March 7th. West Virginia is 11-7 in Conference play, a third-place tie with Baylor. The matchup is going to be one of the most exciting on Thursday’s card. West Virginia scores 74.1 points per game, second in the Big-12. The Mountaineers rank ninth in the Conference on defense.
Senior Point Guard Juwan Staten, a Dayton Flyer transfer is a player to watch in the Big-Twelve Tournament. Staten sat out the last game but is probable for Thursday. Staten is a “BLUR” who can score and play in your face defense.
Mountaineers Head Coach Bob Huggins will have his team ready to play.
The West Virginia Mountaineers are 2-3 their last five Free NCAA Basketball Point Spread Predictions on the road, going over the betting odds total three times and staying under the betting odds total twice. West Virginia lost twice to Baylor this season and our theory are it’s hard to beat a team three times in a season. The key to a Mountaineer’s win is for Staten to control tempo and use his quickness. West Virginia must be aggressive in the post. Betting Experts in Las Vegas and offshore has West Virginia at 8/1 to win the 2015 Big-Twelve Conference Tournament Championship.
The 2015 Baylor Bears won four of their last five both straight up and Against The Spread. Baylor beat Texas Tech in the regular season finale 77-41 at home. The Bear are also 11-7 in Big-Twelve play. Baylor ranks first in defense in the Conference, allowing opponents sixty-points per game. Baylor puts up 69.7 on offense. Forward Taurean Prince is the team’s leading scorer with fourteen points per contest. Senior Kenny Cherry is the runs the show at the Point Guard position.
Baylor Head Coach Scott Drew is doing a great job in Waco and his name will is a “HOT COMMODITY”. Drew is in line for a big time coaching job.
Baylor is 5-1 ATS their last six against West Virginia. The Baylor Bears are 6-4 their last 10 Against The Point Spread, going over the betting odds total six times, staying under the betting odds total three times and have a push. The Bear can’t take West Virginia lightly, even if Staten is out of the line-up. Drew must have his team ready to play. Both West Virginia and Baylor will get into the 2015 NCAA March Madness Tournament. Bovada has Baylor a 9/2 to win the 2015 Big 12 Conference Tournament title.