No. 16 Baylor (23-8, 11-7) vs. No. 18 West Virginia (23-8, 11-7)
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The Quarterfinals of the Big 12 Tournament kick off today just before noon central time with Baylor vs. West Virginia live from Kansas City. The Bears won both of this season's meetings in dominant fashion, but as we all know, it's tough to beat a team three times in the same year. What should make it easier is that star PG Juwan Staten is out once again, and it appears his backup, Gary Browne, will join him on the sidelines.
With Staten out, guard play becomes a strength for the Bears vis-a-vis the Mountaineers, who will definitely still press because they're West Virginia and pressing is what they do. We should also have a significant edge inside with Rico Gathers roaming the paint gobbling up boards. That being said, West Virginia is also extremely good at rebounding their misses, so Baylor will have to play hard throughout to keep the Mountaineers from sticking to them through putbacks and second-chance opportunities.