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No. 17 West Virginia set to open Big 12 home slate with a visit from No. 22 Texas Tech

After a 2-1 road trip, Huggs’ squad returns home for another Top 25 showdown.

NCAA Basketball: Big 12 Conference Tournament-Texas Tech vs. West Virginia Amy Kontras-USA TODAY Sports

WHEN/WHERE

Date: Saturday, January 11, 2020

Tip-Off Time: 6:00PM ET

Where: WVU Coliseum, Morgantown, West “By God” Virginia

WATCH/LISTEN

TV: ESPN

Streaming Video: WatchESPN

Radio: Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG (Radio Affiliates)

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

Satellite Radio: Sirius 135, XM 199

ODDS

Not yet released

THE ENEMY

Where are they from? Lubbock, Texas

Series History: West Virginia leads the all-time series 13-5. The Mountaineers are 6-1 against the Red Raiders in Morgantown with the only loss coming last season by a score of 62-59.

Last Time: West Virginia 79, No. 7 Texas Tech 74 on March 14, 2019 in the quarterfinals of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship.

SB Nation Blog: Viva The Matadors

Record: 10-4 (1-1 Big 12)

Record in 2087-19: 31-7 (14-4 Big 12), lost to the Virginia Cavaliers in the National Championship Game

Head Coach: Chris Beard (3rd Season)

NCAA Basketball: Final Four-National Championship-Virginia vs Texas Tech Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports

PROBABLE STARTERS

Based on previous game’s starters

West Virginia Mountaineers: Emmitt Matthews Jr., Oscar Tshiebwe, Derek Culver, Jermaine Haley and Jordan McCabe

Texas Tech Red Raiders: TJ Holyfield, Kyler Edwards, Terrence Shannon, Jahmi’us Ramsey, and Davide Moretti

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

Eight. While I’m fully confident in this squad, which is a stark contrast to last year’s team, I’m also aware that they could easily fall into another one of those games where their offense is just dreadful and their defense can’t bail them out. Statistically, these two teams are pretty even, with the Red Raiders only real advantage coming in assists per game. Prepare for another Big East style brawl.

PREDICTION THAT WILL BE WRONG

West Virginia continues to grit and grind their way through their schedule with another impressive team performance. Oscar gets another double-double, and Jordan McCabe has his best game of the season.

West Virginia 63, Texas Tech 57