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Bet The West Virginia Mountaineers V Texas Longhorns College Hoops Line

The number ten ranked West Virginia Mountaineers (20-5, 9-3 Big 12) travel to the Lone Star State to battle the twenty-fourth ranked Texas Longhorns (16-9, 7-5 Big 12) in a major Big 12 matchup. Tipoff is scheduled for this Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 7:00 pm ET.

A Closer Look At How To Bet the No. 10 West Virginia Mountaineers vs No. 24 Texas Longhorns College Hoops Line

The college hoops betting line favors the hometown Texas Longhorns by a slim 3-points to beat the West Virginia Mountaineers. The moneyline and over/under are currently not available. The Longhorns are 4-0 in their last four games. The under is 7-1 in Texas’ last 8 straight. The Mountaineers are 5-2 in their last seven.

What: No. 10 West Virginia Mountaineers (20-5) at No. 24 Texas Longhorns (16-9)
When: Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Kickoff: 7:00 PM ET 
Where: Austin, Texas
Stadium: Frank Erwin Center
Spread: Texas -3
Watch: ESPN 2
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: West Virginia vs Texas

Bet The West Virginia Mountaineers Because…

Forward Jonathan Holton is back from a 4-game suspension. Actually, Holton’s first game back was on Feb. 13 against TCU. Holton didn’t start. He only played 18 minutes. In those 18 minutes, he scored 14 points, grabbed 7 boards and dished 5 assists. The Mountaineers covered a -17.5 point spread by beating the Horned Frogs 73 to 42. Holton grabbed 14 boards and scored 10 points in the first game between these 2, a 56 to 49 Texas win. Holton made 5 out of 8 field goals in that game. Expect Holton to be even better in the second game. If West Virginia is smart, they’ll lean on the talented forward on Feb. 16.

Bet The Texas Longhorns Because…

Head Coach Shaka Smart has Texas playing lock down defense. The Longhorns held the Mountaineers to only 49 points in the last game between these 2. The Longhorns playing great defense is the norm nowadays. The under is 7 and 1 in Texas’ last 8 games. The Longhorns have covered in 7 out of 8. They’ve held Baylor, Texas Tech and TCU to under 60 points in 3 out of their last 8. They held Oklahoma to 63 points in a 60 to 63 loss on Feb. 8. The Texas defense is legit.

Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction

Smart was known for sending 40 minutes of hell, defensive pressing teams to the court when he coached VCU. But the reason Smart is such a great coach is because he builds his system around his players. At Texas, he has a team that does very well in the half court.

Guard Isaiah Taylor remains one of the more underrated top tier guys in college basketball. This is true even though Taylor averages 15 points, 3 boards and 5 assists per game. He’s the player that controls the flow. He’s Smart’s main guy. He also runs the defense, which is why West Virginia, outside of Holton, has little chance of shooting better than 31% from the field and 14% from three. Those were the percentages for West Virginia in the last game. Texas looks solid in this matchup on Tuesday night.

My final score prediction is Texas Longhorns 67, West Virginia 59.