Miles McBride is riding sky-high right now, as he took over against the Oklahoma State on Monday, scoring 21 points and hitting a number of clutch shots late.
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Shaka Smart finally has things figured out at Texas, as the Longhorns are a Top-5 team in the country. However, having to beat the West Virginia Mountaineers is not going to be easy. This game will tip at 1:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 9, at the WVU Coliseum in Morgantown, West Virginia.
The Longhorns are a good basketball team, but the Mountaineers are feisty, and our Texas vs. West Virginia picks and predictions should help college basketball bettors figure out who to take in this one.
Texas Longhorns at West Virginia Mountaineers Betting Preview
Texas: Kamaka Hepa F (Questionable), Jase Febres G (Questionable), Royce Hamm Jr. F (Questionable)
West Virginia: Isaiah Cottrell F (Out)
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The Mountaineers are 6-2 ATS in their last eight games against teams with winning percentages above 60 percent. Find more NCAA betting trends for Texas vs. West Virginia.
Against the Spread (ATS) Pick
The Longhorns have been extremely impressive this season, and their three-headed monster in the backcourt is a big part of that. Matt Coleman III, Courtney Ramey and Andrew Jones are all scoring threats for this Texas team, and they’ll definitely enjoy the up-tempo style that we’ll see in this game.
The only issue is that this will be the rare game where Coleman isn’t the best guard on the floor. That distinction belongs to WVU’s Miles “Deuce” McBride, who is averaging 15.3 points per game on 44.5 percent shooting from the field and 41.5 percent from three. McBride is an absolutely lethal shooter, capable of hitting spot-up looks and creating his own off the dribble. Also, his confidence should be sky high right now, as he took over against the Cowboys on Monday, scoring 21 points and hitting a number of clutch shots late.
Not only is West Virginia well-equipped to compete with Texas in the backcourt, but the Mountaineers also have a monstrous frontcourt, led by Derek Culver, who is a man amongst boys in the college game. Culver is averaging 13.8 points and 10.3 rebounds per game for the Mountaineers this year, and he can be a force on both ends of the floor.
The Longhorns have some great young bigs this year in Kai Jones and Greg Brown. Both are very intriguing NBA prospects. However, neither of them have dealt with the type of physicality that West Virginia will bring to this game. That ultimately could be the difference-maker here.
PREDICTION: West Virginia +1.5 (-110)
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Texas is 13th in the nation in adjusted offensive efficiency (all efficiency stats according to KenPom.com) and West Virginia is 14th. While both teams are in the Top 20 in adjusted defensive efficiency, good offense beats good defense any day of the week. These are two of the best teams in basketball at scoring the rock, and they’ll both be able to show off their firepower in this one.
While the Mountaineers are known for their tough D, they have been in quite a few track meets this season. In fact, there were 161 total points scored in their win over Oklahoma State last game. And they had a meeting with Gonzaga earlier in the year in which 169 points were scored.
PREDICTION: Over 140.5 (-110)
Texas vs West Virginia Betting Card
- West Virginia +1.5 (-110)
- Over 140.5 (-110)
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