The men’s basketball team traveled to Waco, Texas looking to accomplish two things: end a two game skid and regain some traction for a struggling offense. Both will be a tough task given that the Old Gold and Blue were going up against the number one ranked team in the country, on their home court. Despite the monumental challenge, it provided a great opportunity for the team to regain some confidence and poise.
The Mountaineers found themselves down early and were never able to regain the offensive consistency needed to upset a team of Baylor’s caliber. In the latest poll rankings, WVU entered ranked fourteenth but didn’t look like they had any shot of knocking off the nations top team. Throughout the season, Coach Huggins squad has struggled with offensively. The team looked confused, often failing to get any type of ball movement or opportunities early in their possessions, forcing poor shots close to the buzzer.
Making matters worse, the team had a disastrous night of turnovers and poor shooting. The team shot a meager 34.5%, while allowing the Bears to shoot 51.8%. Baylor led by twenty or more points several times during the game and won with a final of 70-59. The contest marked the third game in a row, all losses, that the team failed to score more than 59 points.
The Mountaineers will need to answer some questions of offense before they face off against Oklahoma State on Tuesday at home.