TCU at West Virginia
West Virginia bounced back from Saturday’s home loss with a dominating 82-66 victory against TCU on Monday in Morgantown, West Virginia. The Mountaineers’ bench took control and outscored the Horned Frogs’ bench 38-8. Teddy Allen led the way in scoring for WVU with 16 points, and James Bolden added 14 points as the duo combined for 30 of the team’s 38 bench points. TCU struggled from the floor for the majority of the night. Desmond Bane scored a team-high 16 points. Fighting for an NCAA Tournament berth, the Horned Frogs were desperate for a resume-boosting victory. The Mountaineers are starting to heat up after posting their third victory in four games. TCU (17-9 overall, 5-8 Big 12) hosts Oklahoma State on Saturday in Fort Worth, Texas. WVU (19-7, 8-5) travels to Lawrence, Kansas, to take on No. 13 Kansas on Saturday.
Baylor at Texas
It took an extra 10 minutes for Baylor to defeat Texas 74-73 in Austin, Texas. The Longhorns struggled mightily from the floor, shooting a mediocre 36 percent. Texas got some scoring going in the second half as four players scored more than 15 points. Mo Bamba led the way with 16 points and 16 rebounds. For the Bears, a massive scoring night from Terry Maston was the difference. Maston, a senior guard, scored a season-high 26 points for Baylor off the bench. This game had some serious NCAA tournament implications. Throughout the broadcast, the commentators explained that the winner of this game improved its tournament odds by 30 percent, while the loser lowered its chances by 30 percent. With both teams squarely on the bubble, the Bears secured a much-needed victory. Baylor (16-10, 6-7) hosts No. 7 Texas Tech on Saturday. Texas (15-11l, 5-8) travels to Norman to take on No. 23 Oklahoma on Saturday.