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Texas Longhorns vs. West Virginia Mountaineers Big 12 Tournament Pick, Odds, Prediction 3/13/14

West Virginia Mountaineers (17-14) at Texas Longhorns (22-9)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 9:30 pm (Sprint Center)

The Line: Texas Longhorns -2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN2

The Texas Longhorns and the West Virginia Mountaineers face off on Thursday in the Big 12 Tournament.

The Texas Longhorns had a solid season but they struggled down the stretch losing four of their last six games. Texas is 11-7 in the Big 12 and 6-7 in games played away from home. Jonathan Holmes is averaging 13 points and 7.3 rebounds per game to lead the Longhorns. Isaiah Taylor is averaging 12.6 points, Javan Felix is averaging 12 points, and Cameron Ridley is averaging 11.5 points and 8.1 rebounds. Texas is averaging 74.5 points and they are shooting 43.1 percent while defensively they are allowing 70.2 points and their opponents are shooting 40.1 percent. Texas has shown they have the ability to play with and beat any team in the nation.

Texas Longhorns vs. West Virginia Mountaineers Big 12 Tournament Pick, Odds, Prediction 3/13/14

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The West Virginia Mountaineers closed out the season winning two of their final three games including a win over conference champion Kansas. WVU is 9-9 in Big 12 play and 6-9 in games played away from home. Juwan Staten is averaging 18.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 5.9 assists per game to lead the Mountaineers. Eron Harris is averaging 17.9 points, Terry Henderson is averaging 11.8 points, and Devin Williams is averaging 8.8 points and 7.3 rebounds. West Virginia is averaging 78.5 points and they are shooting 44.3 percent while defensively they are allowing 73.5 points and their opponents are shooting 44.6 percent. West Virginia lost by 17 in their last meeting with Texas.

Texas is 4-1 against the spread in their last five neutral site games and 1-5 against the spread in their last six games. West Virginia is 8-3 against the spread after scoring 90 points or more in their previous game and 104 against the spread against a team with a winning record. The underdog has covered the point spread in the last six meetings of these two.

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