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No.10 WVU closes regular season at No.19 Baylor

Elijah Macon (45) dunks against Texas Tech on Wednesday, March 2, 2016. (Photo Credit: Kelsie VanderWijst, BGS)

Elijah Macon (45) dunks against Texas Tech on Wednesday, March 2, 2016.
(Photo Credit: Kelsie VanderWijst, BGS)

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–The regular season comes to an end for No.10 West Virginia on Saturday afternoon in Waco against No.19 Baylor.

If the Mountaineers (23-7, 12-5 Big 12) win, they will finish the season in sole possession of second place and will be a No.2 seed in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship next week.

WVU is coming off an impressive win over Texas Tech on Wednesday. The Mountaineers defeated the Red Raiders 90-68.

WVU made shots against Texas Tech, shooting 51.6 percent from the field and making 8-of-22 from beyond the arc.

Daxter Miles Jr. broke out of a shooting slump with a 15-point performance. The sophomore guard was red hot from 3-point range, connecting on 5-of-10.

Senior Jaysean Paige scored 15 points. Nathan Adrian and Tarik Phillip each had 13 points against the Red Raiders.

Baylor (21-9, 10-7) lost a heartbreaker to No.6 Oklahoma on Tuesday night. The Sooners blew a 26-point lead before regrouping to beat the Bears 73-71.

Baylor capitalized on Oklahoma’s mistakes and took the lead with 3:50 remaining in the game.

Last time the Mountaineers and the Bears met WVU pulled out an 80-69 win on Feb. 2. The Mountaineers shot 49.1 percent for the game.

Baylor forward Taurean Prince has had WVU’s number in the past, but the Mountaineers held him to 10 points on 5-of-17 shooting last game.

Prince is fourth in the conference in scoring, 10th in rebounding and 14th in steals. He has scored in double-digits in 13 straight games and is averaging 16.2 points during that span.

Tarik Phillip (12), Daxter Miles Jr. (4) and Jevon Carter (2) discuss a play against Texas Tech on Wednesday, March 2, 2016. (Photo Credit: Kelsie VanderWijst, BGS)

Tarik Phillip (12), Daxter Miles Jr. (4) and Jevon Carter (2) discuss a play against Texas Tech on Wednesday, March 2, 2016.
(Photo Credit: Kelsie VanderWijst, BGS)

Rico Gathers is third in the Big 12 in rebounds with 1,106 boards. He is averaging 11.5 points per game.

Al Freeman has 18 double-figure games this season and is averaging 11.6 points. Jonathan Motley averages 11.4 points per game.

WVU (79.2 ppg.) and the Bears (78.2 ppg.) are two of the better scoring teams in the Big 12 this season.

This is the 10th meeting between the two teams. Baylor leads the series 7-2, including a 2-1 mark in Waco.

The Bears were 3-0 last season against the Mountaineers.

The game can be seen on ESPN and tipoff is at 2 p.m. (ET).

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