West Virginia Mountaineers vs Baylor Bears Prediction, 2/13/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: West Virginia Mountaineers vs Baylor Bears
Date: Monday, February 13, 2023
Location: Ferrell Center in Waco, TX
Odds/Point Spread: West Virginia (+7)
The West Virginia Mountaineers (15-10) are en route to Ferrell Center on Monday where they will take on the Baylor Bears (19-6). West Virginia opens this game as 7-point dogs from oddsmakers. The over/under comes in at 149.
The West Virginia Mountaineers faced Texas and took a loss by a final of 94-60 in their last contest. West Virginia finished with a 35.2% FG percentage (19 out of 54) and knocked down 6 out of their 16 shots from distance. When they shot from the free throw line, the Mountaineers converted 16 of 24 shots for a percentage of 66.7%. With regard to pulling down rebounds, they earned 34 with 11 of them being of the offensive sort. They also distributed 9 dimes in this game as well as forcing the opposition into 5 turnovers and having 4 steals. When discussing defending, West Virginia allowed their opponent to shoot 46.9% from the field on 30 out of 64 shooting. Texas earned 16 assists and had 10 steals in this matchup. In addition, Texas pulled down 33 rebounds (8 offensive, 25 defensive), but didn't notch a rejection. Texas walked away from this one shooting 96.0% from the charity stripe by burying 24 of their 25 attempts. They also converted 10 of 17 attempts from 3-point range. Regarding fouls, the Mountaineers left the arena with 21 while Texas finished the game with 19 fouls.
Emmitt Matthews is a player who was a factor in this game. He ended up finishing with 13 points on 5 out of 9 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 26 mins played and totaled 5 rebounds. He finished shooting 55.6% from the field and dished out 1 assist.
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West Virginia heads into this game with a mark of 15-10 for the campaign. They are averaging 76.8 points per game (59th in the nation) while shooting 45.5% from the field. The Mountaineers are hitting 35.4% on 3-point shots (180 of 508) and 72.4% from the charity stripe. As a unit, West Virginia is pulling in 34.4 rebounds per contest and has totaled 331 assists on the year, which has them ranked 201st in D-1 in terms of passing. They are turning it over 12.8 times per contest and as a squad they commit 19.2 fouls on a nightly basis.
When they are on defense, the Mountaineers are forcing 14.6 turnovers every game while drawing 22.3 personal fouls. They are surrendering 32.7% on 3-point attempts while they are 195th in the nation in PPG from their opponents (70.2). The Mountaineers defense is allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 44.2% (601 of 1,359) and they surrender 31.0 boards per contest as a basketball team. They rank 121st in Division 1 in allowing assists to the opposition with 301 surrendered so far this year.
In their last game, the Baylor Bears went home victorious with a score of 72-68 when they played TCU. The Bears earned 18 defensive boards and 6 offensive rebounds totaling 24 for the matchup. They also turned the ball over 12 times, while getting 6 steals in this game. TCU had 13 fouls in the game which got the Bears to the free throw line for a total of 13 tries. They were able to bury 12 of the free throws for a rate of 92.3%. In relation to shooting from downtown, Baylor buried 10 of 26 attempts (38.5%). In all, the Bears finished the game shooting 25 out of 54 from the field which had them sitting at 46.3%. The Bears permitted TCU to convert 28 out of 53 attempts from the field which had them shooting 52.8% in this game. They shot 20.0% from three-point range by shooting 2 of 10 and finished the game at 10 of 16 from the free throw line (62.5%). With respect to how they attacked the glass, Baylor permitted TCU to grab 28 overall (9 on the offensive glass).
Adam Flagler ended up being a factor for the Bears in this contest. He recorded 28 points in his 38 minutes on the hardwood and totaled 4 assists in this game. He converted 9 out of 16 in the game giving him a rate of 56.3%, and had 2 rebounds.
Baylor has a mark of 19-6 so far this year. As an offensive team, the Bears are connecting on 44.9% from the field, which ranks them 171st in the nation. Baylor has totaled 1,969 pts for the campaign (78.8 per contest) and they grab 35.8 rebounds per game. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 15.0 times per contest (61st in D-1) and they are giving up possession 12.0 times per contest. The Bears commit 17.4 fouls every game and they hit 75.3% from the free throw line.
The Bears defensively are ranked 173rd in D-1 in points given up per game with 69.1. They have forced 14.2 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 44.8% from the field (267th in the country). The Baylor defense surrenders 32.4% on three-point shots (169 of 521) and their opposition makes 70.2% of their foul shots. They have conceded 14.8 assists and 31.5 boards every game, which has them ranked 326th and 48th in the nation.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take West Virginia (+7)
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