MORGANTOWN — Maybe the third time will be the charm for a meeting between the West Virginia and Baylor men’s basketball teams.
The Big 12 announced Monday that No. 13 WVU will travel to No. 2 Baylor on Feb. 25.
No time was announced and the game will be televised by one of the ESPN networks.
It was originally scheduled for Jan. 12, but WVU was forced to postpone that meeting, because the Mountaineers were on pause due to COVID-19 protocols.
It was rescheduled for Thursday, but the Bears are currently on pause for the same reason. Baylor is scheduled to end its quarantine on Thursday, but it is not yet known if the Bears will be able to host Oklahoma State on Saturday.
As for the Mountaineers, the rescheduled meeting is the first of four remaining for WVU.
The Mountaineers also have home games against TCU, Baylor and Oklahoma State still on the docket.
The Big 12 has set aside an open week between the end of the regular season and the start of the conference tournament.
If those three home games were to be rescheduled for that week, it would mean WVU could end the season with four consecutive home games.
The rescheduled Baylor game, though, does give an extended road trip for WVU.
The Mountaineers will travel to Texas on Saturday and then to TCU next Tuesday, before traveling to Waco on Feb. 25 to play Baylor.
WVU will remain in the state of Texas for all three games and not return to Morgantown in between.
After the Baylor game, WVU will return home to host Kansas State on Feb. 27 — a stretch of four games in seven days — before potentially hosting three games during the open week.
McNeil earns Big 12 honor
WVU junior guard Sean McNeil was named co-Big 12 Player of the Week, along with Oklahoma guard Austin Reaves.
McNeil scored 26 points in a win against Texas Tech and then added 21 in a double-overtime loss against Oklahoma.
He shot a combined 15 of 25 from the floor and 10 of 17 from 3-point range.
McNeil is averaging 11.6 points per game for the Mountaineers this season.
It’s the third time a WVU player has been honored, following teammates Derek Culver (Nov. 30) and Deuce McBride (Feb. 8).