Five short weeks ago the Texas Longhorns embarrassed the West Virginia Mountaineers by a spread-busting score of 77-50. Since then WVU has beaten a pair of ranked teams (KU & OKST) while losing to three (OKLA, BAY & ISU) while Texas have lost to all five ranked teams they have faced.
“We win because we play harder than everyone else,” WVU coach Bob Huggins told the school’s official website. “We don’t win because we shoot better or pass better or anything like that.”
West Virginia had an off-game is an understatement in their previous loss to then-No. 20 Texas on Jan. 17. They were limited to 24.1 percent from the floor for their lowest mark since shooting 20.0 percent against Cincinnati on Jan. 30, 2008.
A Closer Look At The Texas Vs WVU College Hoops Odds, Final Score Prediction & TV Info
Matchup: Texas Longhorns at (20) West Virginia Mountaineers
Date: Feb. 24, 2015
Start Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
Location: Morgantown, West Virginia
Stadium: WVU Coliseum
TV Info: ESPN 2
Radio: Texas Vs West Virginia
Point Spread: West Virginia Mountaineers -4
Texas Will Cover the Spread If
The Longhorns’ inside game can dominate just like in the first game.
In the first game between these two, a 77 to 50 Texas victory, the Longhorns dominated in every way imaginable. Texas out rebounded the Mountaineers 43 to 25. They out rebounded the Mountaineers 30 to 13 on the defensive glass.
— Texas Basketball (@TexasMBB) February 21, 2015
Cameron Ridley scored 19 points and grabbed 6 boards. Jonathan Holmes took down a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Myles Turner from off the bench scored 16 points and grabbed 7 boards. Ridley went 8 out of 10 from the field, Holmes was 2 out of 6 from the field but 11 out of 12 from the free throw line while the freshman, Turner, was 3 out of 8 from the field but 9 out of 9 from the free throw line. When Texas’ best 3 inside players are doing well both offensively and defensively, the Longhorns more often than not will cover the spread.
West Virginia Will Cover the Spread If
West Virginia can play much better offensively than they did in the first game.
Defensively, West Virginia played very well. They failed to keep Texas’ Big 3 from dominating the boards and getting high percentage shots, but overall the Mountaineers held the Longhorns to 43% from the field and 26.7% from behind the arc. That’s much better than what West Virginia usually allows, 46.7% from the field and 36.5% from behind the arc.
— WVU Men's Basketball (@WVUhoops) February 23, 2015
The problem that the Mountaineers had in the first battle is that they shot a terrible 24.1% from the field. West Virginia made only 13 out of 54 shots from the field. They shot a somewhat better 30% from the three-point line where they made 6 out of 20 shots. Juwan Staten, who averages 14.8 points per game, scored only 3 points. In order for the Mountaineers to cover in this game, Staten has to get closer to his average offensively and West Virginia is going to have to shoot closer to their average as a team, 41.1% from the field.