The West Virginia Mountaineers shocked the college basketball world with a massive upset win over No. 4 Baylor on Saturday.
The Mountaineers took a 24-22 lead in a low-scoring first half. West Virginia’s offense then exploded in the second half with 52 points en route to a 76-64 victory over Baylor.
West Virginia’s defense was critical, holding the Bears to just 23.5 percent from three-point range. On the offensive end, the Mountaineers got key contributions from the reserves, as seven WVU bench players combined to score 51 points.
Mountaineers forward Emmit Matthews was huge for WVU, scoring 18 points on 6-of-11 shooting along with four boards off the bench. WVU’s Oscar Tshiebwe chipped in 16 points of his own and 12 rebounds.
— WVU Basketball (@WVUhoops) March 7, 2020
This is bound to help West Virginia rise in the 2020 NCAA Tournament seeding projections. As for Baylor, the Bears are in jeopardy of dropping from a one-seed to a No. 2.
The Bears started the season with 24 wins and just one loss – that one loss coming in the season opener against Washington. But now, Baylor has lost three of its last five games.
This certainly isn’t a good time to be in a funk with the Big 12 tournament and March Madness right around the corner.