Baylor (17-9) at West Virginia (15-11)

GAME NOTES: Riding a three-game win streak, the Baylor Bears take on the West Virginia Mountaineers in a Big 12 Conference rematch at the WVU Coliseum on Saturday afternoon.

Thanks to a 70-64 overtime victory over Oklahoma State on Monday, the Bears have continued their recent upswing. Baylor is now 17-9 overall, and rising in the Big 12 standings (5-8). The Bears will visit 19th-ranked Texas in their next outing.

It was the Longhorns who topped West Virginia, 88-71, the last time the Mountaineers hit the floor. West Virginia has dropped two of its last three games, although it did rout 17th-ranked Iowa State (102-77) during that span. The Mountaineers are 15-11 overall, with a middling 7-6 mark in league play. They get a rematch with the Cyclones next.

Juwan Staten managed to get a layup to fall with three seconds to play, lifting West Virginia to a thrilling, 66-64, victory over Baylor in the first meeting this season. With the win, the Mountaineers took the slim lead in the all-time series (4-3).

Baylor trailed by as many as 10 points in the second half against Oklahoma State, but it had a 58-55 lead with 1:18 to play. However, the Bears failed to score during the rest of regulation, leading to a game-tying 3-pointer from the Cowboys' Leyton Hammonds with a second remaining. Baylor took care of business in the extra session though, ripping off a 7-1 run to open the period.

The Bears are a formidable team in the frontcourt, led by Cory Jefferson (13.1 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 1.4 bpg) and Isaiah Austin (11 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 3 bpg). Jefferson, who is fourth in the Big 12 in rebounds, tallied 25 points and 13 boards in the win over Oklahoma State. Austin tacked on 12 points to match 12 rebounds, while adding to his Big 12 lead in blocks, with five rejections. Brady Heslip (11.5 ppg), a gunner from 3-point range, and Kenny Chery (10.2 ppg, 4.9 apg), who is fourth in the Big 12 in assists, pace the team from the backcourt. Despite those strong efforts, the Bears are just seventh in the conference in scoring (75.4 ppg).

Eron Harris scored 21 points to lead five players in double figures, but it was not nearly enough for West Virginia against Texas. The Mountaineers were outscored, 46-14, in the paint and outrebounded, 41-26, while shooting just 39.7 percent from the floor.

Staten (18.1 ppg, 6 apg, 1.3 spg) and Harris (17.6 ppg) form the most productive duo in the Big 12, ranking second and third, respectively, in the conference in scoring. Staten is more than just a scorer, as he ranks second in the Big 12 in assists and fifth in steals. Staten did have 14 points and seven helpers against Texas, but he connected on only 6-of-16 from the floor. Terry Henderson (12.1 ppg) is the third and final member of the team averaging in double figures. He managed 10 points in the loss to the Longhorns. In total, the Mountaineers are netting a healthy 79.1 ppg, while shooting just below 45 percent from the floor.

The Bears may be a bit more balanced offensively, but they don't have the kind of scorers to contend with Harris and Staten, especially in a hostile environment.

GAME NOTES: Riding a three-game win streak, the Baylor Bears take on the West Virginia Mountaineers in a Big 12 Conference rematch at the WVU Coliseum on Saturday afternoon.

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