West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Texas Longhorns, NCAA College Basketball Betting, Odds, Picks and Prediction

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WEST VIRGINIA MOUNTAINEERS TEXAS LONGHORNS
14-2 January 14, 4:00 PM | Frank Erwin Center 7-9
When: 4:00 PM ET, Saturday, January 14, 2017
Where: Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Texas
TV: 4 p.m. ET, ESPN2
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
West Virginia Mountaineers -11.5 -110  -700 145.5 -110
Texas Longhorns +11.5 -110 +500 145.5 -110
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The West Virginia Mountaineers and the Texas Longhorns will both be gunning for a victory on Saturday when they meet at Frank Erwin Center.

ABOUT WEST VIRGINIA (14-2, 3-1 Big 12): “Press Virginia” starts with junior guard Jevon Carter (10.9 points, team-high 4.8 assists per game), whose 3.3 steals rank third nationally. Senior forward Nathan Adrian (10.7 points, team-high 6.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists) scored a career-high 22 points against Baylor, becoming the Mountaineers’ fourth different leading scorer in the last five games. Sophomore forward Esa Ahmad averages a club-most 12.6 points and contributes 4.8 rebounds while senior forward Brandon Watkins (7.9 points, 4.3 rebounds in 15.2 minutes) shoots 68.9 percent from the field and 48.5 percent from the free-throw line.

ABOUT TEXAS (7-9, 1-3): The loss of Mack puts added offensive pressure on 6-11 freshman forward Jarrett Allen, who averages 11.2 points and a team-best 7.7 rebounds after scoring a career-high 18 and grabbing nine rebounds against TCU. Sophomore guard Kerwin Roach Jr. (11.3 points) is the only other player scoring in double figures with freshman guard Andrew Jones (9.6) close. The Longhorns have 183 assists and 213 turnovers – the worst ratio in the Big 12.

bovada-logo-top-book currently has the Mountaineers listed as 11.5-point favorites versus the Longhorns, while the game’s total is sitting at 145.5 according to MyBookie-White logo -70x40.

In their last action, Texas was a 64-61 loser at home against Horned Frogs. They failed to cover the -1.5-point spread as favorites.

Last time out for West Virginia, they were a 89-68 winner as they battled Bears at home. They covered in the match as a -5.5-point favorite.

West Virginia looks to validate its biggest victory of the season while not suffering a letdown Saturday afternoon when it visits struggling Texas, which owns a three-game winning streak over the No. 9 Mountaineers in Austin. Immediately after West Virginia crushed top-ranked Baylor 89-68 on Monday with the “Press Virginia” defense unleashing its full fury, coach Bob Huggins spoke of how such victories should come as no surprise.

“From the players to the managers, there was nobody in our locker room that didn’t think we should win,” Bob Huggins told reporters Monday after the fans rushed the court. “My hope is we get to the point where it’s expected rather than celebrating.” The Mountaineers’ relentless defense forces 24.6 turnovers per game – most than five better than the second-best team in the nation – after Baylor committed a season-high 29, coming within two of its school record. The Longhorns are coming off a 64-61 loss to TCU on Wednesday – snapping a 14-game home win streak against the Horned Frogs. Texas on Saturday will be without leading scorer Tevin Mack (14.8 points per game) after the 6-7 sophomore guard was suspended Thursday for the second time this season because he “failed to meet expectations set for players in this program,” Longhorns coach Shaka Smart said in a statement.

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West Virginia:
Team record: 14-2 SU,9-4 ATS
West Virginia is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of West Virginia’s last 5 games
West Virginia is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road

Texas:
Team record: 7-9 SU,8-7 ATS
Texas is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Texas is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Texas’s last 15 games

Next up:
West Virginia home to Oklahoma Wednesday, January 18
Texas at Baylor Tuesday, January 17

KEY NOTES

1. West Virginia forced more turnovers (394) than field goals allowed (337) this season.
2. Texas begins a three-game stretch Saturday against ranked teams that includes road games versus Baylor and No. 2 Kansas. “It’s a test,” Smart told reporters. “A test, a challenge for everyone in our program, me included. The question is, what are you gonna do next? How are you gonna respond.”
3. Huggins has 805 victories, one behind Eddie Sutton for ninth on the all-time Division I list. Huggins trails only Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski (1,057) and Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim (893) among active coaches with North Carolina’s Roy Williams (795) the closest pursuer.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Texas Longhorns will cover the spread at +11.5 and the game will stay under 145.5 points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com
PREDICTION: West Virginia 74, Texas 70 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

SMART CHART
W.VA TEAM TEXAS
90.1 PTS FOR 69.8
61.8 PTS AGNST 67.1
28.3 DIFF. 2.7
22.3 DEF REBOUNDS 26.1
15.9 OFF REBOUNDS 10.0
48.6 FG% 43.9
64.4 FT% 66.8
7.7 3 POINTERS 6.0
12.9 STEALS 5.6
INJURIES
WEST VIRGINIA
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
TEXAS
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
BETTING TRENDS
WEST VIRGINIA
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of West Virginia’s last 6 games on the road
West Virginia is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
West Virginia is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Texas
West Virginia is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Texas
TEXAS
Texas is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Texas’s last 15 games
Texas is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home
Texas is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing West Virginia
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Texas’s last 5 games when playing West Virginia
Texas is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against West Virginia
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
West Virginia’s Overall Scoring vs Texas’s Overall Defense 90.1 5 67.1 79
West Virginia’s Away Scoring vs Texas’s Home Defense 78.0 33 66.7 142
West Virginia’s Road Rebounds vs Texas’s Home Rebounds Allowed 31.0 307 37.8 296
Texas’s Overall Scoring vs West Virginia’s Overall Defense 69.8 265 61.8 15
Texas’s Home Scoring vs West Virginia’s Road Defense 73.1 269 69.7 64
Texas’s Home Rebounds vs West Virginia’s Road Rebounds Allowed 37.1 205 29.7 9
POWER STATS
SHOOTING PERCENTAGE
TEAM OFF DEF DIFF
W.VA 48.6 40.7 7.9
TEXAS 43.9 40.6 3.3
REBOUNDING
TEAM OFF DEF TOTAL
W.VA 15.9 22.3 38.2
TEXAS 10.0 26.1 36.1
ASSIST/TURNOVER RATIO
TEAM ASSISTS TURNOVERS RATIO
W.VA 19.0 10.8 1.8
TEXAS 11.4 13.3 0.9

 

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