The West Virginia Mountaineers and the Texas Longhorns square off for the second time this season. The Longhorns won the first matchup, but the Mountaineers did not make things easy for Texas. How will this Saturday’s game shake out?
Both teams are likely to make it to March Madness, but the winner of this game should boost their chances of getting a higher seed come Selection Sunday.
And how knows, this game could be a preview of the Big 12 tournament, which the Baylor Bears are currently the favorites to win. Anything can happen in this crazy college basketball season.
Let’s check out each team’s betting background along with the latest College Basketball odds, expert preview, and prediction.
West Virginia vs. Texas Game Info
- When: Saturday, February 20, 2021 | 3:00pm ET
- Where: Frank Erwin Center, Austin
- TV: ESPN
- Radio: Longhorn Radio Network // West Virginia
- Live Stream: ESPN+
- NCAA Basketball Odds: West Virginia Mountaineers // Texas Longhorns (-4.0) | O/U: 146.5
Why Bet on the West Virginia Mountaineers on February 20th?
West Virginia needed two overtimes to get the job done and beat the Oklahoma Sooners at home on Feb. 13, 91-90. The Mountaineers got 14 points and 16 rebounds from Derek Culver, while Taz Sherman chipped in 17 points coming off the bench.
Sherman has been a nice source of offense for West Virginia, and the Longhorns know all about it, as Sherman also had 17 points when the two teams met in Morgantown in January, albeit in a 72-70 Mountaineers loss. He’ll have to be more efficient with his shots in the rematch, however, as he went 5 of 13 from the field in that game.
As for the team, the Mountaineers are averaging 77.5 points and have won against the spread in two of their last three games. The Mountaineers were the favorites according to NCAA Basketball odds in their first meeting against the Longhorns.
Miles McBride is also among those expected by West Virginia to produce in this showdown with Texas. After all, McBride is leading his team this season with 16.2 points per game.
Why Bet on the Texas Longhorns to Win on February 20th?
Unlike West Virginia, the Longhorns are coming off a victory. Texas handily beat the TCU Horned Frogs at home over the weekend, 70-55 to extend its win streak to two games. The Longhorns won against the Kansas State Wildcats on Feb. 9 on the road, 80-77.
The Horned Frogs couldn’t get anything going on offense. Texas’ defense was simply too much for TCU, which shot 36.5 FG% and turned the ball over 15 times. That’s been a running theme for Texas this season. Teams are shooting only 40.5% against the Longhorns.
West Virginia got a taste of that stingy Longhorns defense when the Mountaineers posted just a 38.7 FG% in the January showdown between these two teams. That kind of defense should be considered when deciding on which side to bet on when picking your College Basketball betting lines.
West Virginia vs. Texas NCAA Basketball Betting Trends
- Texas is 3-1 ATS in its last four games against West Virginia.
- Texas is 6-4 SU in its last 10 home games.
- West Virginia is 5-5 ATS in its last 10 games.
- The Over is 6-0 in West Virginia’s last six games.
- The Over is 8-1 in West Virginia’s last nine games on the road.
- The Over is 6-1 in Texas’ last seven games at home.
West Virginia vs. Texas Expert Betting Prediction
Texas has the momentum going into Saturday’s game after winning its last two games, but those are low-quality victories at the expense of teams unlikely to get invited to the Big Dance in March.
The Mountaineers, on the other hand, had recently won against the likes of the Kansas Jayhawks and the Texas Tech Red Raiders before losing to the Oklahoma Sooners, who are all expected to play in the National Tournament.
In any case, expect both Texas and West Virginia to play tight basketball from start to finish, given that these two teams are well-balanced on both ends of the court.