What to watch: West Virginia Mountaineers have a big week ahead of them

West Virginia guard Jaysean Paige recognizes the West Virginia friends and family in the corner of the Bramlage Coliseum as the Mountaineers walk off the court after defeating the Wildcats 65-59 on Jan. 27, 2015. (Parker Robb | The Collegian)

West Virginia (14) at Iowa State (13)

West Virginia and Iowa State are both coming off losses in the Big 12-SEC Challenge. Both teams will be looking to have bounce-back weeks to keep pace in the title race. The Cyclones will look to protect their home court, while the Mountaineers will be looking to prove they are a better team than they showed on Saturday against Florida.

Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. Tuesday on ESPN2.

South Carolina (25) at Texas A&M (8)

Former K-State coach Frank Martin has gotten something going for a South Carolina program that wasn’t much when he took over. The team is quietly having a good season and is a hard-nosed, tough team you’d expect with Frank Martin as the head coach. The Aggies are coming off a week where they went 1-1 after a victory over Iowa State on Saturday.

You can see this game at 3 p.m. Saturday on ESPNU.

Purdue (18) at Maryland (4)

This will be a game that will be played on the inside for Purdue, while Maryland will rely more on its guards. Purdue has been a steady team this year and could make some noise just because of its inside presence. Maryland finally got a marquee victory by defeating Iowa. The team can get another victory to stay in contention in the Big 10 by beating Purdue.

Tipoff for this matchup is set for 3 p.m. Saturday on ESPN.

Baylor (15) at West Virginia (14)

West Virginia has two key games this week. This is really a make-or-break week for the Mountaineers. In addition to their game in Ames, Iowa, (listed above) they also host Baylor. West Virginia probably needs to win both games to have any chance of winning the Big 12. Baylor is still very much in the mix for the title, as well. This game can also be a good resume-builder for the Bears. It is tough, however, to go on the road and win in this conference, so any win is definitely valuable.

Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. Saturday on ESPN2.