Mountaineers look to right ship at home

MORGANTOWN – With just four regular-season games remaining, West Virginia looks to gain some momentum when it hosts Baylor today in Big 12 Conference play.

Game time is slated for 8 p.m. at the Coliseum, and the action will be televised live on the Big 12 Network (WVFX).

Road contests at Kansas and Oklahoma still remain for the 13-14 Mountaineers, making today’s game crucial if they hope to avoid their first losing season in more than 10 years.

Baylor won the first meeting, 80-60, two weeks ago in Waco.

“We (didn’t fight back) at Baylor,” West Virginia coach Bob Huggins said. “We threw the ball to them a couple of times and didn’t get it in bounds.

“There isn’t any question we were standing there with our heads down.”

West Virginia has struggled at home this year in Big 12 Conference play with a 3-4 record, including Saturday’s 73-57 setback to Oklahoma State.

“I’ve always taken pride in the fact I can get guys to play hard, that I can get guys to compete,” Huggins said after the loss. “For some reason, I haven’t been able to reach these guys, which is my fault.”

Aaric Murray had 11 points off the bench and senior transfer Matt Humphrey had 10 in the loss.

Baylor, meanwhile, enters the game off a 90-76 setback at Oklahoma. The Bears (16-11, 7-7 Big 12) are led by senior guard Pierre Jackson, who leads the Big 12 in scoring with 19.2 points per game. Isaiah Austin, a 7-1 freshman, is averaging 13.4 points and 9.0 rebounds.