Texas Longhorns (9-1) at West Virginia Mountaineers (9-3)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 1:00 pm (WVU Coliseum)
The Line: West Virginia Mountaineers +1 -- Over/Under: 139 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Texas Longhorns and the West Virginia Mountaineers meet in college basketball action from WVU Coliseum on Saturday afternoon.
The Texas Longhorns will look to build off of a 78-72 win over Iowa State in their last matchup to improve to 9-1 on the year. Matt Coleman III leads the Longhorns in scoring with 13.7 PPG along with a team-high 4.6 APG and 1.4 steals per game while Courtney Ramey isn’t far behind, putting up 13.3 PPG with 3.2 APG as well. Andrew Jones has 13.1 PPG with 4.6 RPG and 2.6 APG and Greg Brown is averaging 12 PPG while leading the Longhorns on the glass with 12 PPG and 7.3 RPG this season. Kai Jones has 8.9 PPG with 5.1 RPG and Jericho Sims has 6.9 PPG and 6.8 RPG as well for Texas this year. As a team, Texas is averaging 76 PPG on 44.9% shooting from the field, 34.1% from 3-point range and 72.6% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 63.1 PPG on 38.3% shooting from the field and 25.7% from 3-point range this year.
The West Virginia Mountaineers will try to add a big win to their 9-3 mark on the year after a come-from-behind 87-74 win over Oklahoma State in their last game. Miles McBride leads the Longhorns in scoring with 15.3 PPG with a 41.5% shooting mark from 3-point range while Derek Culver has 13.8 PPG with a team-high 10.3 RPG to lead the Mountaineers on the glass. Taz Sherman also has 12 PPG for the Mountaineers to finish off the double-digit scoring for West Virginia enterint this matchup. As a team, West Virginia is averaging 75.3 PPG on 41.8% shooting from the field, 34.1% from 3-point range and 70.4% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 69.5 PPG on 42.2% shooting from the field and 29.7% from 3-point range this year.
Texas is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a win while the over is 5-0 in their last 5 Saturday games. West Virginia is 13-6 ATS in their last 19 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a win while the under is 10-3-1 in their last 14 Saturday games. The home team is 10-4-1 ATS in the last 15 meetings between these two teams.
I’ll give West Virginia credit for rallying to beat Oklahoma State last time out and getting a point with WVU at home is tempting because it’s something you don’t get very often. However, I’m still not 100% convinced how set this Mountaineers team is without Oscar Tshiebwe, who left the team as one of their top players, and the Mountaineers still have left a lot to be desired at times this season. On the other hand, Texas has left a lot to be desired in terms of covering the number, but a lot of that has to do with being asked to cover too many points in tight scenarios and in their lone true road game this season, the Horns beat Kansas convincingly. I think we see a lot of what we saw in that Kansas matchup, so I’ll lay the point with Texas on the road in this one.