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WVU vs. #19 Texas Preview - Longhorn Network Sucks

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After a much needed week off, the West Virginia University men's basketball team travels to Austin for a major matchup against the surging #19 Texas Longhorns at 8PM EST.

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Game Day Vitals

  • West Virginia Mountaineers (15-10, 7-5 Big XII) vs. #19 Texas Longhorns (19-5, 8-3 Big 12)
  • Series Record: 3-3, last game didn't go well 80-69
  • Location: Frank Erwin Center (Capacity: 16,734) Austin, Texas
  • Vegas Lines: (+6) for the good guys, O/U -150.0
  • Date: Saturday, February 15th, 2014, at 8:00PM EST
  • Television: Longhorn Network
  • O/U on number of times the Frank Erwin Center has been compared to a ten-gallon hat: 1.5 billion
  • Radio Affiliates

Opponent Information

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United Bank Playbook Preview for Texas

Game Preview

Rick Barnes has been destroying it lately with Texas winning eight out of their last nine shooting them into the conference title conversation only one game back from KU. A large part of that, no pun intended, is due to big men Cameron Ridley and Jonathan Holmes. The Longhorns have two of the most effective front courts in all of basketball and they use their bodies around the rim very well. This will make or break the game for the Mountaineers. If (and when) the Eer forwards get into crippling foul trouble, WVU is going to need to play small ball and keep the pressure on the interior defense. If Juwan Staten, Terry Henderson, and Eron Harris can draw fouls with the dribble drive or penetrate and pitch effectively for open shots, then the Mountaineers have a chance to knock off the Horns in Austin. This would very much help the newly acquired bubble chances for West Virginia, but the loss wouldn't necessarily put them on life support. The hell with it. Let's do this.

Prediction: WVU 81, Texas 75