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Texas vs West Virginia – College Basketball Odds

Texas vs West Virginia – College Basketball Odds

Texas travels to West Virginia on February 4th, 2013.  The game is scheduled to tip-off at 9:00 pm est on ESPN. The oddsmakers have made West Virginia a 5 point favorite in this Big 12 showdown.

Texas Preview

Texas’s overall record is 10-11, Big 12 record is 2-6, ATS overall is 10-8, ATS home is 5-4, and ATS away is 3-2.

Rick Barnes, Texas’s head coach is a well respected high level recruiter, and a very average on the floor basketball coach. He has been a head Division I coach for 26 years. Prior to arriving at Texas, he coached at George Mason, Providence, and Clemson. He too has only had one losing season as a head coach.

Texas won its last game against a very weak TCU team that has not won a conference game all season. Their only other conference win was against Texas Tech, who has exactly two conference wins this year.

Their first three leading scorers are all guards, which is one of the big reasons that this team is having such a bad year. They are lead by Sheldon McClellan, a 6’-4” wing guard that is averaging 15 points and 4 rebounds a game.

Julien Lewis is a 6’-3” wing that averages 11 points and 3 boards a game. Javan Felix is their 5’10” point guard that averages 8 points and 5 assist a game.

West Virginia Preview

West Virginia’s overall record is 10-11, Big 12 record is 3-5, ATS overall is 7-10-2, ATS home is 2-4-1, and ATS away is 3-4.

Both of these teams are having absolutely terrible seasons this year. Bob Huggins, West Virginia’s coach is considered one of the best in the business. Before he got to West Virginia he coached at Akron, Cincinnati, and Kansas State.

This is his 28th year as a head coach at a Division I school and in all of those seasons, he has only had one losing year. Unfortunately for him, this year could easily turn out to be his second.

West Virginia was supposed to have a pretty good team this year. It was not thought that they would contended with Kansas for the conference title, but they were considered a sure lock for the NCAA tournament.

One of the big reasons why was Aaric Murray, who is a 6’-10” transfer from La Salle. His sophomore year at that school he averaged 15 points and 8 rebounds a game. He had to sit out last year per NCAA rules.

When players sit out a year, they usually work real hard on improving their fundamentals, and getting stronger in the weight room. This year, he is only averaging 10 points and 7 boards a game, which of course is not anywhere close to what West Virginia was expecting. To put this in perspective, he is still their leading scorer and rebounder, which is sad.

West Virginia’s conference wins have come against TCU, Texas Tech, and Texas; the three worst teams in the Big 12.
Fortunately, or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it, one of these teams will get a win tonight. West Virginia did beat Texas at Texas, so you would have to think that they should win this game at home.

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