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GAME PREVIEW: WVU Prepares for Texas

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Written by: Mikinzy Boggs 

The WVU Men’s Basketball regular season is slowly coming to an end now that the Mountaineers have only two games left to play in the Coliseum this season. The Texas Longhorns (10-17, Conf. 4-10) are looking to play spoiler on Monday night as they visit the No. 9 Mountaineers (21-6, Conf. 9-5). Game time is set for 9:00pm E.T. and will be aired on ESPN.

West Virginia will be looking to sweep the Longhorns in conference play after escaping Austin, Texas last month with a 74-72 victory. The last time these two teams met, Jevon Carter led the Mountaineers with 17 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists, and Teyvon Myers had a break out game off the bench with 16 points, and 2 steals. WVU shot a dreadful 22% from behind the arc, and committed 15 turnovers to the Longhorns 19.

Texas is coming off of a heartbreaking 64-61 defeat at home to the Kansas State Wildcats. The Longhorns are currently riding a three-game losing streak. Freshman Forward Jarrett Allen leads the Longhorns with 13.2 points per game to go along with 8.4 rebounds per game. Give this young Texas team another year or two, and they could be battling at the top of the Big 12 conference.

What to Watch For – Texas will make this a game

The Longhorns committed 19 turnovers in Austin last time these two teams met and only lost by two points. Most teams that the Mountaineers play can hardly keep the final score below 8 points if they commit that many turnovers. Last year when Shaka Smart’s Longhorns visited Morgantown they kept their turnovers to an astounding 8. Granted, the Mountaineers shot 31.1% from inside the arc, and 14.3% from the 3-point line. The main point to take away is that Coach Smart’s teams can hang with the big dogs of the BIG 12 whenever they play smart basketball.

WVU Avg. Field Goal – 47.1%

Texas Avg. Field Goal – 44.3%

WVU Avg. Rebound – 38

Texas Avg. Rebound – 35

WVU Avg. Turnovers – 12

Texas Avg. Turnovers – 14

WVU Avg. 3-Pt. – 36.3%

Texas Avg. 3-Pt. – 30.3%

Lately the Mountaineers have had a hard time staying consistent. Oklahoma (Home), Texas A&M (Home), Kansas (Away), and Texas Tech (Home) have all found ways to sneak back into ball games late against the Mountaineers. And as the Big 12 Conference tournament, and more importantly the NCAA Tournament are only weeks away, fans have a right to be nervous about “which Mountaineer team will show up today.”

It has been a grueling conference season. The Mountaineers are currently playing for BIG 12 Tournament, and NCAA seeding position. It would be a great confidence booster for these Mountaineers to have a blowout game versus the visiting Longhorns this Monday night, though don’t expect it. Every conference opponent is out for blood, and the Mountaineers would be wise to take heed for the next four games. 

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