Texas Longhorns vs. West Virginia Mountaineers Pick-Odds-Prediction 2/15/14
West Virginia Mountaineers (15-10) at Texas Longhorns (19-5)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Frank Erwin Center)
The Line: Texas Longhorns -7 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Longhorns Network
Storyline: 19th-ranked Texas eyes first place in the Big 12 when they welcome West Virginia to the Frank Erwin Special Events Center Saturday.
The Breakdown: The Longhorns sit in second place in the conference, improving to 8-3 after their 87-68 rout of Oklahoma State. Texas shot 47.3 percent from the floor and 47.8 percent from outside the arc to the Cowboys’ 35.6 percent from the field and 26.3 percent from distance. The Horns also finished with a 40-34 advantage on the boards and converted 24 of 31 from the free throw line. Sophomore G Javan Felix scored a game-high 27 points, including 6 of 8 from downtown, freshman G Isaiah Taylor had 16 points and 5 assists, and sophomore C Cameron Ridley added 12 points and 13 rebounds. On the season, Texas is averaging 76.5 ppg on 43.6 percent shooting. Junior F Jonathan Holmes leads the team with 13.1 ppg, followed by Taylor at 12.5 ppg.
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Meanwhile, West Virginia is in 4th place in the Big 12 at 7-5 and come in off a 102-77 upset of Iowa State Monday. The Mountaineers shot 53.8 percent from the field and 59.1 percent from distance to the Cyclones’ 36.6 percent from the floor and 17.4 percent from outside the arc. WVU conceded a 44-34 advantage on the boards, but converted 19 of 21 from the free throw line. Junior F Remi Dibo scored a game-high 20 points, including 6 of 8 from downtown, junior G Juwan Staten had 19 points, 9 assists and 7 rebounds, and sophomore G Eron Harris added 16 points. Through 25 games, the Mountaineers are averaging 79.4 ppg on 44.9 percent shooting. Staten leads the team with 18.3 ppg, followed by Harris at 17.4 ppg.
Rick’s Pick: The line in this one is set at -7 for Texas. The Horns scored an 11-point victory over WVU about a month ago in Morgantown, but the Mountaineers have come on since then and so has Juwan Staten. And after maybe their best outing all season, this looks to be a closer matchup then the spread.