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Texas vs West Virginia Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 21st Betting Odds
Longhorns vs Mountaineers Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Texas Longhorns at West Virginia Mountaineers
- Where: Morgantown at WVU Coliseum
- Date: Saturday, January 21st
- Betting Odds: Texas +1, TX -104 | WVIR -118 O/U 145.5
Heading into today’s matchup vs West Virginia, the Texas Longhorns will be taking the floor for the 19th time this season and have an overall record of 15-3. So far, the Longhorns have played 3 games on the road, with a record of 2-1. For the season, Texas has been the underdog in 1 game, sitting with a mark of 0-1. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Longhorns being +1 point underdogs.
Texas will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Marcus Carr who is averaging 17.11 points per game for the Longhorns. Carr is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Longhorns’ offensive game plan is the play of Timmy Allen who has hit 49.4% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 10.83 points per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Texas this season, as they are currently ranked 295th in college basketball at 68.3 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Longhorns’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 32.3%, placing them 354th in the NCAA.
West Virginia heads into this matchup having played 18 games and have an overall record sitting at 11-7. So far this season, West Virginia has played 12 games at home, sitting with a record of 9-3. The Mountaineers’ are sitting with a betting line that is -1 points in their favor. For the season, West Virginia has been favored to win in 11 games, sitting with a mark of 10-1.
West Virginia will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Erik Stevenson who is averaging 13.22 points per game for the Mountaineers. Stevenson is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Mountaineers’ offensive game plan is the play of Tre Mitchell who has hit 51.2% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 13.17 points per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for West Virginia this season, as they are currently ranked 289th in college basketball at 68.5 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Mountaineers’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 32.8%, placing them 333rd in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: West Virginia Mountaineers -1
In this matchup between the West Virginia Mountaineers and Texas Longhorns, the oddsmakers have West Virginia as the -1 point favories on the spread. According to our college basketball betting model, we anticipate the Mountaineers to cover the spread as the home favorites. We are looking for the Mountaineers’ offensive attack to put together a strong outside shooting performance. For the season, West Virginia is averaging 6.3 made 3’s per game on a shooting percentage of 32.8%. A good outing from downtown will make a huge difference in the game as Texas has struggled with their outside shot this season. This scenario has us feeling confident in taking West Virginia laying the points.
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