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Join us in the comments for another top-15 battle in Morgantown, as the Mountaineers take on the Red Raiders in a Big Monday matchup

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WHEN/WHERE

Date: Monday, January 25, 2021

Tip-Off Time: 9:00 PM ET

Where: WVU Coliseum, Morgantown, West Virginia

WVU Basketball | Photo taken by Katie MacCrory


WATCH/LISTEN

Channel: ESPN; DirecTV 206, DISH 140

Announce Team: Bob Wischusen and Fran Fraschilla

Online Streaming: WatchESPN, with a valid cable subscription

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Radio: Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG (Online Stream | Radio Affiliates) | Sirius 84, XM 84

Radio Announcers: Tony Caridi and Jay Jacobs

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LISTEN LIVE


ODDS

Spread: West Virginia -1.5
O/U: 136.5


THE ENEMY

Where are they from? Lubbock, Texas

Series History:

  • This will be the 21st meeting between West Virginia and Texas Tech with WVU leading 14-6. The Mountaineers have won 11 of the last 16 meetings in the series. Last season, WVU won in Morgantown, 66-54, while the Red Raiders won in Lubbock, 89-81.
  • West Virginia is 7-1 against Texas Tech in Morgantown. Tech’s lone win in Morgantown took place on Jan. 2, 2019.
  • The first meeting took place in the NCAA Sweet 16 on March 24, 2005, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. WVU defeated the Red Raiders, 65-60. WVU then narrowly lost in overtime to Louisville two days later for a spot in the Final Four.

Record: 11-4 (4-3 Big 12)

Record in 2019-20: 18-13 (9-9 Big 12)

Head Coach: Chris Beard (5th Season)

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


PROBABLE STARTING LINEUP:

West Virginia Mountaineers: Jalen Bridges, Derek Culver, Jordan McCabe, Taz Sherman, and Miles McBride

Texas Tech Red Raiders: Marcus Santos-Silva, Mac McClung, Micah Peavy, Kyler Edwards, and Kevin McCullar


STATS BREAKDOWN VIA JOEL BRACKEN (@WVSTATSGUY)


PREDICTION THAT WILL BE WRONG

This game is crucial for West Virginia’s success as the season goes on, because it’s the first of a nine game meatgrinder of a schedule that spans the next 26 days. The Mountaineers need to start this thing off with a strong win at home, or else things could head south fairly quick.

Blind optimism is telling me West Virginia wins in a nail-biter, but I’m prepared for the worst.

West Virginia 72, Texas Tech 70


PREGAME READING & UPDATES

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