The eighth-ranked Texas Tech Red Raiders will look to bounce back from a humbling loss in their last contest when they take on the second-ranked West Virginia Mountaineers in a huge Saturday showdown that looks like it could be one of the best games on this week’s docket.
How To Bet West Virginia Vs Texas Tech
No. 2 West Virginia Vs No. 8 Texas Tech
When: Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 2:00 PM ET
Where: United Supermarkets Arena, Lubbock, TX
Stream: Watch ESPN
West Virginia extended the nation’s longest winning streak to 15 games, but it certainly wasn’t easy as the Mountaineers needed a big basket to get past Baylor 57-54 on Tuesday night.
Jevon Carter got around a well-set screen to drain the go-ahead three-pointer with 57.5 seconds left to help lift No. 2 West Virginia to victory and help the Mountaineers hang on to their highest national ranking in 58 years.
"Just like I drew it up," West Virginia coach Bob Huggins said in jest afterward. "Our young guys have a tendency to get out of sorts. (Carter) took it upon himself to make a play."
West Virginia got a dozen points apiece from Lamont West and Daxter Miles Jr. while Carter added eight points as the Mountaineers managed to get the win despite being held to their lowest point total of the season.
Texas Tech had their eight-game winning streak snapped as Oklahoma superstar Trae Young scored 22 of his 27 points in the second half to help No. 9 Oklahoma beat No. 8 Texas Tech 75-65 on Tuesday night.
The Red Raiders played well and led 31-29 at the half even though they only had one player reach double figures in scoring as Keenan Evans scored a team-high 19 points. Unfortunately, Texas tech let Young get loose a few times too many in the second half.
"We had a couple lapses, but that’s basketball," Texas Tech coach Chris Beard said. "I just think what he does is that he exposes your lapse every time. There are mistakes all over in every game, but there are only certain players like Trae that can put the ball wherever he wants."
For this Saturday showdown, I’m going to advise all of you college hoops bettors to go with West Virginia to stay on fire by getting what I believe will be another hard-fought victory against Texas Tech.
The Mountaineers play a scrappy style of ball for head coach Bob Huggins and they’re not afraid to get chippy with anyone. Jevon Carter will be the best player on the floor in this one and will likely make life difficult for Keenan Evans with his outstanding defense.
I’m expecting this one to come down to the final few possessions for both teams – and for Carter to come up big again when it counts most!