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West Virginia Mountaineers Vs. Texas Longhorns Preview: Season 108 Episode 17 - Austin City Limits

Coming off a landmark win, the Mountaineers head to Austin to match up with the lackluster Longhorns

Oklahoma State v Texas Photo by Chris Covatta/Getty Images

OPENING THOUGHTS

So how about that game on Tuesday?

I know you have all seen it already, but let’s watch the highlights again because they never get old.

Now, I will have to briefly get into character again before I continue.

“Witness Mr. Scott Drew, forty-six, husband, father, and coach of the Baylor Bears. Mr. Drew has just been discharged from a sanitarium where he and his team spent forty minutes in the midst of a nervous breakdown, the onset of which took place on an evening not dissimilar to others, in the same arena that prompts breakdowns of other programs. This year, Mr. Drew and supporters of the school in Waco, Texas are playing witness to a thirty-one game schedule, which, contrary to their plans, had a stop in the darkest corner of -- The Upset Zone.”

SCENE

This was a good win for West Virginia. It is a great thing for the university and the state to have upsets of this magnitude so frequently.

But it doesn’t matter if the Mountaineers don’t continue to be successful.

This weekend, West Virginia hits the road to take on the Texas Longhorns, a team and a city of which WVU has very limited success. If you are a Mountaineer fan living ‘Deep in the Heart of Texas’, I encourage you to go to the game. For all of us staying at home, watch the game and know that it’s not just the Baylors and Kansases that matter on the schedule.

Time to continue the momentum...

WHEN/WHERE

Date: Saturday, January 14th

Tip-Off Time: 4:00 PM ET/3:00 PM CT

Where: Frank Erwin Center, Austin, TX

Tickets: General Public

WATCH/LISTEN

TV: ESPN2

Streaming Video: WatchESPN (or the WatchESPN app for smartphones)

Radio: WZST Variety 101 (100.9 FM in Morgantown) and the Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG (Radio Affiliates)

Streaming Audio: Locate the Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG on TuneIn Radio (or the TuneIn app for smartphones)

Satellite Radio: Sirius 84; XM 84

BRACKETOLOGY

MEDIA SEED 1ST RD OPPONENT 2ND RD OPPONENT LOCATION REGION
MEDIA SEED 1ST RD OPPONENT 2ND RD OPPONENT LOCATION REGION
ESPN (Jan. 12) 2 Boston University SMU/Rhode Island Buffalo, N.Y. (Mar. 16 & 18) New York (Mar. 24 & 26)
CBS (Jan. 13) 3 Princeton Cincinnati/S. Carolina-UTA Buffalo, N.Y. (Mar. 16 & 18) New York (Mar. 24 & 26)
NBC (Jan. 12) 3 Georgia Southern Florida/UNC Wilmington Buffalo, N.Y. (Mar. 16 & 18) New York (Mar. 24 & 26)
SB Nation (Jan. 10) 3 Rider Cincinnati/MTSU-Cal Buffalo, N.Y. (Mar. 16 & 18) San Jose, Calif. (Mar. 23 & 25)
Scout.com (Jan. 12) 5 Rider Xavier/Marshall N/A Kansas City, Mo. (Mar. 23 & 25)

ODDS

Spread: WVU by 10-10.5

O/U: 144.5-145.5

THE ENEMY

Where are they from? Austin, Texas

Series History: Texas leads the series 8-4. Most notable game of the series was in 2006 when LaMarcus Aldridge and the Longhorns squeaked out a win, 74-71, in the Sweet 16 in Atlanta.

Last Time: No. 24 Texas 85, No. 10 West Virginia 78 on February 16, 2016 in Austin

SB Nation Blog: Burnt Orange Nation

Record: 7-9 (1-3 Big 12)

Bracketology: Does not appear in any major publication

Record in 2015-16: 20-13 (11-7 Big 12); Lost to Northern Iowa in the first round of the NCAA Tournament

Head Coach: Shaka Smart (He’s a little teapot, short and stout)

Legends Classic Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images

KEYS TO THE GAME

  • Free throws. I’m not going to stop until we’re in the Big 12’s top 5 in free throw shooting. Right now we’re dead last in conference play.
  • Jarrett Allen. He can really rebound, especially on the defensive side of the court.

HOW AFRAID SHOULD WE BE (ON A SCALE OF 1-10?)

Three. As a team, the Longhorns are at the bottom of just about every statistical category. The only thing that scare me just a little is that they have nothing to lose and WVU has everything to lose. Also, because Austin is not a good place for the Mountaineers historically. I’m as afraid of Texas as I am of substitute teachers.

PREDICTION THAT WILL BE WRONG

After seeing how both teams play this season, I have no doubt that the Mountaineers will leave Austin with a blowout win for the first time.

West Virginia 80, Texas 59