West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Texas Longhorns Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/13/14
Texas Longhorns (12-4) at West Virginia Mountaineers (10-6)
College Basketball: Monday, January 13, 2014 at 7:00 pm (WVU Colliseum)
The Line: West Virginia Mountaineers -4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN U
Storyline: The Texas Longhorns look to build on their first Big 12 victory of the season Monday when they travel to Morgantown to face a West Virginia side coming off its first conference loss.
The Breakdown: Texas scored a narrow 67-64 victory over Texas Tech Saturday night that may have saved its Big 12 campaign. After starting league play 0-5 last season, the Horns were virtually through by February and a loss to the Red Raiders would have sent Texas on its way towards mirroring last season’s 16-18 debacle. The Longhorns scrapped it out in the final seconds, however, when junior F Jonathan Holmes rebounded a Texas Tech game-winning shot attempt and hit two free throws with one second left to seal the victory. Texas shot 23 of 51 from the field and connected on just 3 of 12 from distance. Freshman G Isaiah Taylor had a team-high 14 points and 4 assists, while sophomore G Javan Felix added 12 points and 3 assists. The Horns outrebounded Tech 32-24 and forced 12 turnovers. Through 16 games, Texas is averaging 77.8 ppg on 44 percent shooting and Holmes leads the team 12.7 ppg, followed by Taylor at 11.3 ppg.
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West Virginia, meanwhile, fell just short of the upset Saturday in a heartbreaking 73-72 home loss to #11 Oklahoma State. Senior Cowboys G Markel Brown drained a three-pointer with seconds left to edge the Mountaineers for their first Big 12 loss in three contests. WVU shot 24 of 58 from the field and hit 8 of 21 from beyond the arc, but allowed Ok State to shoot 45 percent from the field and 40 percent from downtown. Sophomore G Terry Henderson had a team-high 21 points, including 5 of 7 from downtown, while junior G Juwan Staten added 20 points and 8 assists. On the season, the Mountaineers rank 30th in the nation with 80.6 ppg and 82nd at 46 percent shooting. Sophomore G Eron Harris leads the team with 18.1 ppg, followed by Staten at 17.0 ppg.
Rick’s Pick: The line in this matchup is currently set at -4 for WVU and the Mountaineers are probably a couple baskets shy of the top 25, with tight losses to Purdue, Gonzaga and obviously Ok State that could have all gone the other way. Look for WVU to cover.
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