West Virginia Vs Texas Betting PreviewNoah Williams
The 20th-ranked West Virginia Mountaineers will be looking to pick up some momentum when they hit the road to take on the unranked Texas Longhorns in the regular season finale for both Big 12 ballclubs. If you’re looking to find out whether the streaking Mountaineers can stay on a roll prior to the conference championship tournament and ensuing start of March Madness, let’s find out right now.
West Virginia Mountaineers Vs Texas Longhorns Betting Preview
No. 20 West Virginia Mountaineers (22-8) at Texas Longhorns (17-13)
When: Sat. Mar 3, 2018 11:00 AM ET
Where: Frank Erwin Center, Austin, TX
West Virginia has won three straight and comes into their regular season finale against the Longhorns off a 84-74 win over No. 12 Texas Tech on Monday night. Jevon Carter scored 21 points and Daxter Miles Jr. added 18 points to lead the Mountaineers to victory in their final home game for the Mountaineers. Carter and Miles were honored in a pregame ceremony, which they completed by kissing the floor at midcourt to a huge standing ovation.
"Perfect senior night," Miles said. "We won. My family is here. The crowd was involved. It was great, man. It ain’t over yet."
West Virginia averages 80.5 points per game (48th) while limiting the opposition to 68.3 points per contest defensively (79th). West Virginia has an impressive five double-digit scorers and a sixth player just off the mark at 9.5 points per game, so they’re as deep as any team in the country. The Mountaineers also have one of the best two-way players in the country in star guard Jevon Carter and they’re one of just two teams to beat top-ranked Virginia.
Texas is coming off a humbling 80-70 loss against Kansas on Monday night that saw them drop to 2-5 over their last seven games. Kevin Roach II scored a team-high 18 points and dished out eight assists in the loss, days after he drained a game-winner against Oklahoma State. Jacob Young added 14 points and five rebounds.
Texas was without star freshman Mo Bamba, who missed the game with a left toe injury. Bamba, a projected top-10 pick in the NBA draft, is second on the Longhorns in scoring (13 points per game) and first in rebounds (10.6) and blocks (3.8).
West Virginia smacked Texas around badly in their 86-51 home win over the Longhorns back on Jan. 20 and I’ve got to believe the Mountaineers are going to pick up another win in this matchup, even if it’s not quite as convincing. The Mountaineers are simply superior to their Big 12 counterparts at both ends of the floor in this matchup, not to mention they’ve got a lot more to play for as they gear up for March Madness.