No. 1 Baylor looks to knock off No. 14 WVU
No. 14 West Virginia (18-6, 6-5) vs. No. 1 Baylor (22-1, 11-0)
Ferrell Center, Waco, Texas; Saturday, 4 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: No. 1 Baylor goes for its sixth straight win over ranked opponents against No. 14 West Virginia . Baylor's last loss vs a ranked opponent came against the then-No. 4 Gonzaga Bulldogs 83-71 on March 23, 2019. West Virginia came up short in a 58-49 game at home to Kansas on Wednesday.
STEPPING UP: The Mountaineers are led by Oscar Tshiebwe and Derek Culver. Tshiebwe is averaging 11.6 points and 9.1 rebounds while Culver is putting up 10.6 points and 8.8 rebounds per game. The Bears have been led by MaCio Teague and Jared Butler, who have combined to score 29.4 points per outing.
BIG 12 BOOST: The Bears have given up just 56.2 points per game to Big 12 opponents so far. That's an improvement from the 60.3 per game they allowed in non-conference play.MIGHTY MACIO: Teague has connected on 35.7 percent of the 143 3-pointers he's attempted and has made 15 of 34 over his last five games. He's also converted 81.4 percent of his free throws this season.
STREAK STATS: West Virginia has dropped its last three road games, scoring 69.3 points and allowing 80.7 points during those contests. Baylor has won its last 11 home games, scoring an average of 71.6 points while giving up 55.9.
ASSIST DISTRIBUTION: The Bears have recently created buckets via assists more often than the Mountaineers. Baylor has an assist on 41 of 66 field goals (62.1 percent) across its past three contests while West Virginia has assists on 34 of 72 field goals (47.2 percent) during its past three games.
GETTING DEFENSIVE: West Virginia has held opposing teams to 37.3 percent shooting from the field this year, the fifth-lowest percentage among all Division I teams.
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