Texas vs. West Virginia - 2/16/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
West Virginia Mountaineers (20-5) at Texas Longhorns (16-9)
College Basketball: Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Frank Erwin Center)
The Line: Texas Longhorns -3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 2
The 10th West Virginia Mountaineers will travel to the Frank Erwin Center to take on the 24th ranked Texas Longhorns this Tuesday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The 10th West Virginia Mountaineers improved to 20-5 (9-3 Big 12) on the season after defeating the TCU Longhorns, 73-42, this past Saturday. West Virginia had little trouble with the Longhorns and cruised to victory after gaining a 41-22 halftime lead. West Virginia shot 37.5% from the field and won the turnover battle by a 26-11 margin. The Mountaineers held the Horned Frogs to 33.3% shooting from the field and outrebounded TCU by a 50-35 margin. Leading the way for West Virginia was Devin Williams who had a double-double with 11 points, 13 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 assist, and a block. On the season, the Mountaineers have been led by Devin Williams (13.3 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 1.6 apg), Daxter Miles Jr. (10.1 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.5 spg), and Jevon Carter (9.8 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.8 spg). Offensively, West Virginia is averaging 80.0 ppg on 45.4% shooting from the field and 31.2% shooting from beyond the arc. The Mountaineers average 5.7 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.08. Defensively, West Virginia is holding their opponents to an average of 64.8 ppg on 41.9% shooting. The Mountaineers have a rebound margin of 9.0 and a turnover margin of 5.0.
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The 24th ranked Texas Longhorns lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 16-9 (7-5 Big 12) on the season after being defeated by the 14th ranked Iowa State Cyclones, 85-75, this past Saturday. Texas had trouble containing both Georges Niang and Monte Morris throughout the game and couldn’t pull out the victory after allowing the Cyclones to use an 8-2 run late in the game. Texas shot 41.25 from the field but struggled behind the arc shooting just 28.6% (8-28). The Longhorns allowed the Cyclones to shoot 55.4% from the field and 54.5% (6-11) from three-point range. Leading the way for Texas was Javan Felix who had 18 points, 2 rebounds, and 3 assists. On the season, the Longhorns have been led by Isaiah Taylor (15.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 5.0 apg, 1.0 spg), Javan Felix (11.1 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 2.2 apg), and Cameron Ridley (12.7 ppg, 10.0 rpg, 3.4 bpg). Offensively, Texas is allowing 72.3 ppg on 43.6% shooting from the field and 33.5% shooting from beyond the arc. The Longhorns average 7.2 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.11. Defensively, Texas is holding their opponents to average 67.1 ppg on 40.3% shooting. Cameron Ridley will not be available due to a foot injury that has kept him out since mid-December.
The Mountaineers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. Big 12 opponents and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Longhorns are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games.
West Virginia has won three of their last four games including solid wins against Iowa State and Baylor and continues to have one of the best defenses in the country when it comes to creating turnovers. Texas wasn’t able to get a road win in either of their recent matchups at Oklahoma and Iowa State, however, the Longhorns have been solid the 2nd half of the season and have been great defensively. West Virginia has a solid defense but can struggle in their set offense and as Texas was able to hand the West Virginia pressure on the road I think the Longhorns and Isaiah Taylor will be able to get things back track at home and cover this small spread. Take Texas to cover.