Texas vs. West Virginia - 1/17/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
West Virginia Mountaineers (15-2) at Texas Longhorns (12-4)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 6:15 pm (Frank Erwin Center)
The Line: Texas Longhorns -4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The West Virginia Mountaineers and Texas Longhorns play Saturday at the Frank Erwin Center.
The West Virginia Mountaineers have won eight of their last nine games and play their fourth true road game. On the season, WVU is averaging 78.8 points on 42.6 percent shooting and is allowing 62.2 points on 44.4 percent shooting. Juwan Staten is averaging 15.8 points and 4.3 assists while Devin Williams is averaging 11 points and 7.9 rebounds. Jonathan Holton is grabbing 6.4 rebounds and Jevon Carter is shooting 40.2 percent from the field. The West Virginia Mountaineers are one of the better defensive teams in the country that’s forcing 13 steals and has allowed 67 or less points in five of their last six games. Offensively, West Virginia is shooting 66.7 percent from the line and 30.4 percent from deep. WVU is 3-0 SU on the road.
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The Texas Longhorns have split their last six games and play their fourth ranked opponent. On the season, Texas is averaging 69.8 points on 43.6 percent shooting and is allowing 57.2 points on 35 percent shooting. Isaiah Taylor is averaging 12.2 points and 3.2 assists while Myles Turner is averaging 11.6 points and 6.8 rebounds. Jonathan Holmes is grabbing 6.5 rebounds and Javan Felix is shooting 41.4 percent from the field. The Texas Longhorns are also a defensive team that’s allowing 30.8 percent shooting from deep and has given up 63 or less points in 12 of their 16 games. Offensively, Texas is shooting 72.7 percent from the line and 34.7 percent from beyond the arc. The Texas Longhorns are 8-2 SU on their home court.
The Mountaineers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Longhorns are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 vs. Big 12 and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Mountaineers are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings and the underdog is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
I'm really high on WVU this season, as they have the defense to give Texas fits and just enough offense to pull off the upset. Don't sleep on the Mountaineers.