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West Virginia Mountaineers Vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders Preview: Season 108 Episode 27 - The One After Chernobyl

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After a devastating meltdown, the Mountaineers take on a hot Red Raiders team.

NCAA Basketball: Texas Tech at West Virginia Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

OPENING THOUGHTS

Well, that game was a tough one to swallow.

A very good 37 minutes, then...

It was hard to watch, but it wasn’t all bad.

Some of the Twitter reactions were pure gold.

Also, this WVU team has been here before...

...and it worked out fine.

Let us all not forget that the Mountaineers still have the potential to have a great finish and possibly make another deep run in March. Monday’s game in Lawrence shows that this team can compete against any other team in any location.

WHEN/WHERE

Date: Saturday, February 18th

Tip-Off Time: 2:00 PM ET

Where: WVU Coliseum, Morgantown, WV

Tickets: General Public SOLD OUT ; WVU Students

WATCH/LISTEN

TV: ESPN2

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

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

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

Satellite Radio: SiriusXM 84

ODDS

Spread: WVU by 11.5

O/U: 143.5

BIG 12 BRACKETOLOGY

SEED FIRST ROUND (MAR. 8) QUARTERFINALS (MAR. 9) SEMIFINALS (MAR. 10) CHAMPIONSHIP (MAR. 11)
SEED FIRST ROUND (MAR. 8) QUARTERFINALS (MAR. 9) SEMIFINALS (MAR. 10) CHAMPIONSHIP (MAR. 11)
3 BYE TCU Baylor/Texas Tech/Oklahoma Kansas/Iowa St/OK State/K-State/Texas

NCAA BRACKETOLOGY

MEDIA SEED 1ST RD OPPONENT 2ND RD OPPONENT LOCATION REGION
MEDIA SEED 1ST RD OPPONENT 2ND RD OPPONENT LOCATION REGION
ESPN (Feb. 16) 4 Akron Cincinnati/Illinois St-Seton Hall Buffalo, N.Y. (Mar. 16 & 18) San Jose, Calif. (Mar. 23 & 25)
CBS (Feb. 17) 5 UT Arlington Cincinnati/Akron Milwaukee (Mar. 16 & 18) New York (Mar. 24 & 26)
NBC (Feb. 16) 4 Vermont Wisconsin/UNC Wilmington Buffalo, N.Y. (Mar. 16 & 18) San Jose, Calif. (Mar. 23 & 25)
SB Nation (Feb. 17) 4 Akron Creighton/Wichita State Milwaukee (Mar. 16 & 18) New York (Mar. 24 & 26)

THE ENEMY

Where are they from? Lubbock, Texas

Series History: WVU leads the series 9-2

Last Time: Texas Tech 77, No. 7 West Virginia 76 in OT on January 3 in Lubbock

SB Nation Blog: Viva The Matadors

Record: 17-9 (5-8 Big 12)

Bracketology:

MEDIA SEED 1ST RD OPPONENT 2ND RD OPPONENT LOCATION REGION
MEDIA SEED 1ST RD OPPONENT 2ND RD OPPONENT LOCATION REGION
ESPN (Feb. 16) 2 (NIT) N/A N/A Texas Tech (1st/2nd Rounds) Georgia Tech (Quarterfinals)
CBS (Feb. 17) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
NBC (Feb. 16) 2 (NIT) N/A N/A Texas Tech (1st/2nd Rounds) Marquette (Quarterfinals)
SB Nation (Feb. 17) 3 (NIT) N/A N/A Texas Tech (1st Round) Pitt (2nd Round)/Indiana (Quarterfinals)

Head Coach: Chris Beard (Is he belly dancing or is it a safety?)

NCAA Basketball: Baylor at Texas Tech Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

KEYS TO THE GAME

  • Maybe not foul the best free throw shooter...Foul shots killed WVU in the end on Monday. It didn’t help that the Mountaineers kept fouling Frank Mason III (77.1% FT shooting percentage). If you’re going to foul, figure out who the bad shooter is and foul him.
  • Niem Stevenson and Kennan Evans. Both of these guys scored over 20 points against both Kansas and Baylor. LOOK OUT!

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

Seven. I’m as afraid of the Red Raiders as I am of being in this relationship (VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED):

PREDICTION THAT WILL BE WRONG

Texas Tech is definitely a dangerous team. At 17-9 and an RPI of 83, the Red Raiders are a long shot for the NCAA Tournament but they’ve been heating up and sweeping West Virginia will do wonders for their tourney output. Expect a close one on Saturday!

West Virginia 73, Texas Tech 69