The No. 17 West Virginia Mountaineers (19-8, 7-7 Big 12) will try to put an end to their five-game road losing streak in a matchup against the Texas Longhorns (16-11, 6-8 Big 12) at Frank Erwin Special Events Center. The game starts at 7 p.m. ET on Monday, February 24, 2020, and will air on ESPNU.
West Virginia Mountaineers at Texas Longhorns Betting Prediction
The Mountaineers are trying to rebound after their 67-60 loss to the TCU Horned Frogs in their last game. Making free throws was one of TCU’s biggest strengths. They were 13-16 (81.3 percent), while the Mountaineers were just 8-15 (53.3 percent). Derek Culver led West Virginia in scoring with 18 points on 8-for-14 shooting.
In the Longhorns’ previous outing, they beat the Kansas State Wildcats, 70-59. Texas was 8-19 on three pointers (42.1 percent), while Kansas State was 3-14 (21.4 percent). Courtney Ramey was the game’s high scorer with 26 points on 10-for-16 shooting from the field.
This will be the second game of the season between these two squads. In the first, the Longhorns lost 97-59. Jase Febres led both teams with 18 points. The Mountaineers had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (56.1 vs. 18.9) and had a much better turnover percentage (8.7 vs. 23.1).
Texas might have trouble putting up points as they go head-to-head against one of the NCAA’s best defenses. West Virginia ranks fifth in defensive efficiency while the Longhorns rank 282nd in offensive efficiency. Moreover, the Mountaineers could control the offensive glass in this matchup as they rank first in the country in offensive rebounding percentage at 40.3 percent. The Longhorns, meanwhile, rank 336th in defensive rebounding percentage (66.8 percent).
West Virginia at Texas ATS Pick
Prediction: ATS Winner – Texas, O/U – Under
West Virginia ranks eighth in rebounds per game (41.0) while Texas ranks 282nd (32.0).
The Longhorns rank 92nd in three pointers attempted per game (23.7) while the Mountaineers rank 284th (17.8).
West Virginia ranks 39th in steals per game (7.9) while Texas ranks 184th (5.6).
The Longhorns rank 37th in blocks per game (4.5) while the Mountaineers rank 109th in blocks allowed per game (3.3).
Texas ranks 13th in assists allowed per game (9.9) while West Virginia ranks 15th (10.0).
The Mountaineers have been outscored by an average of 3.8 points in their last five games. On the season, West Virginia has defeated opponents by an average of 9.1 points.
During their last five games, the Longhorns have scored an average of 58.8 points per game (5.8 below their season average) and allowed an average of 62.0 points per game (1.5 below their season average).