WVU Checks in at No. 12 Ahead of Big Monday

West Virginia looks for its first sweep over Texas since the 2012-13 season tonight when the Mountaineers host the Longhorns.

The new AP Poll shows WVU at No. 12 after a 1-1 week in which Bob Huggins’ team fell to Kansas in overtime before outlasting Texas Tech in double overtime on Saturday.

The last time the Mountaineers (21-6, 9-5) and Longhorns (10-17, 4-10) met this season, Texas led for the majority of the game before WVU came back to pull off a 74-72 win in Austin. It was the first time West Virginia had beaten UT on the road since 2013.

“They’re a hard-playing team,” WVU senior forward Nathan Adrian said of the Longhorns on Saturday. “They’ve got good guards. Jarrett Allen is a big presence inside, so we’ve got to do a couple things to get ready for them.”

Allen, a 6-foot-11 freshman forward, is the team’s leading scorer at the moment, averaging 13.2 points and 8.4 rebounds per contest. He had 19 points and seven rebounds in 36 minutes against WVU back on January 14.

Sophomore guard Tevin Mack led the Longhorns in scoring through the first 16 games of the season, but he was suspended in the days leading up to the West Virginia game and has not been reinstated ever since.

Coach Shaka Smart is in the midst of a disappointing season with Texas as the Longhorns are in ninth place in the Big 12 after the preseason poll ranked them as the league’s third-best team right behind Kansas and West Virginia.

UT comes into Monday’s match-up having lost three-straight.

The Mountaineers are locked in a three-way tie for second place in the league with a 9-5 Big 12 record and four games remaining against teams they have already beaten this season.

It starts tonight with Texas before a long road trip to TCU and Baylor and the regular season finale back home against Iowa State.

Tipoff between WVU and UT is set for 9 p.m. ET on ESPN at the Coliseum.

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