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GAME THREAD: No. 14 West Virginia Mountaineers vs. No. 4 Texas Longhorns — Preview, pre-game updates, TV info, and more

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Join us in the comments as the Mountaineers welcome Shaka Smart (now with hair) and the Longhorns into the Coliseum

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WHEN/WHERE

Date: Saturday, January 9, 2021

Tip-Off Time: 1:00 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: Mark Neely and Tim Welsh

Online Streaming: WatchESPN, with a valid cable subscription

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Radio: Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG (Online Stream | Radio Affiliates) | Sirius 135, XM 199

Radio Announcers: Tony Caridi and Jay Jacobs

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LISTEN LIVE



ODDS

Spread: West Virginia -1.5
O/U: 140



THE ENEMY

Where are they from? Austin, Texas

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Series History: This will be the 22nd meeting between West Virginia and Texas with the Longhorns holding a 12-9 series lead. West Virginia has won five of the last nine meetings in the series, but the Longhorns have won four of the last five meetings. The Mountaineers are 5-3 against the Longhorns at the WVU Coliseum. Since the Mountaineers joined the Big 12, the Mountaineers are 8-10 against the Longhorns. The series began on Dec. 28, 1973, with WVU winning 80-79 in the Far West Classic in Portland, Oregon.

Record: 9-1 (3-0 Big 12)

Record in 2019-20: 18-14 (7-11 Big 12)

Head Coach: Shaka Smart (7th Season)

NCAA Basketball: Texas at Kansas Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports



PROBABLE STARTING LINEUP:

West Virginia Mountaineers: Emmitt Matthews Jr, Jalen Bridges, Derek Culver, Sean McNeil, and Miles McBride

Texas Longhorns: Greg Brown, Jericho Sims, Andrew Jones, Matt Coleman III, and Courtney Ramey


PREDICTION THAT WILL BE WRONG

I think Bob Huggins figured out a lineup that works in the second half of the Oklahoma State game on Monday, but I’m not sure how well that’s going to translate to the full 40 minutes. It’ll be interesting to see what issues have been ironed out this week in practice.

I’m entering this game cautiously optimistic, and feel good about our chances to get the win over the No. 4 ranked Longhorns and begin the climb back into the top 10.

West Virginia 75, Texas 72



PREGAME READING & UPDATES

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