Texas vs. West Virginia - 2/24/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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West Virginia Mountaineers (19-8) at Texas Longhorns (16-11)
College Basketball: Monday, February 24, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Frank Erwin Special Events Center)
The Line: Texas Longhorns +3.5 -- Over/Under: 123.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The West Virginia Mountaineers (19-8, 7-7 CONF) and the Texas Longhorns (16-11, 6-8 CONF) will meet on Monday, February 24th for a Big 12 matchup at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, TX. The game will be played at 7:00 PM eastern time.
West Virginia is coming off a 67-60 road loss to TCU in their last game. West Virginia is ranked #17 in the country, despite losing four of their last five overall. West Virginia is currently right at .500 in conference play with a 7-7 conference record. Texas is coming off a 70-59 road win over Kansas State in their last game. Texas has now won back-to-back games, and they are two games under .500 in conference play.
West Virginia scores 70.6 points per game on 42.3 percent field goal shooting this season. West Virginia’s leading scorer and rebounder is F Oscar Tshiebwe, who scores 11.0 points per game and earns 9.3 rebounds per game. West Virginia allows 61.5 points per game to the opposition, therefore they have a +9.1 scoring differential so far this season. West Virginia also earns 40.8 rebounds, 12.5 assists, 3.7 blocks, and 7.9 steals per game as a team.
Texas scores 64.6 points per game on 42.9 percent field goal shooting. Texas’ leading scorer is G Matt Coleman III, who scores 12.5 points per game. The leading rebounder for Texas is F Jericho Sims, who earns 8.2 rebounds per game. Texas allows 63.5 points per game to the opposition, thus they have a +1.1 point differential so far this season. Texas also earns 32.1 rebounds, 12.2 assists, 4.5 blocks, and 5.6 steals per game as a team.
West Virginia is 14-13 against the spread this season and 4-6 against the spread in their last ten games. West Virginia is also 3-7 against the spread on the road so far this season. Texas is 11-16 against the spread this season and 5-5 against the spread in their last ten games. Texas is also 5-10 against the spread at home so far this season.
The oddsmakers are giving a lot of love and respect to a Texas team that lost to West Virginia 97-59 earlier this season. I will not be giving Texas the same love they are getting from Vegas, so I will take West Virginia and lay a very reasonable amount of points on the road. This has been a wild NCAAM season, but I have to take the better team in this spot.