With conference play underway in NCAA basketball, there is a game between two ranked opponents in the Big 12. These teams are the West Virginia Mountaineers and the Texas Tech Red Raiders. According to the AP poll, both teams are ranked in the top ten which should result in an extremely competitive basketball game. Last season, the Red Raiders won the only meeting at home against West Virginia in a thrilling 77-76 overtime game. Now, West Virginia will be seeking revenge and will be looking for a quality win to add to its resume. Expect this game to be extremely competitive throughout as a result.
The West Virginia Mountaineers entered the season with the hopes of being national championship contenders. Last season, they lost a heartbreaker in the Sweet 16 to Gonzaga. However, the Mountaineers retained the core from last year’s roster and are expected to make a serious run in the NCAA tournament this season. The Mountaineers are currently ranked number two in the country and have won 15 of their first 16 games this season. This team is extremely experienced and should be ready for this tough road game on Saturday.
West Virginia’s success is due to its extremely talented backcourt. Guards like Jevon Carter, James Bolden and Lamont West all decided to return this season which gives West Virginia one of the best backcourts in all of college basketball. Carter is currently averaging 16.1 points per game along with 5.5 rebounds and 6.8 assists. Bolden is averaging 10.4 points per game along with 2.5 rebounds per game in just about 18 minutes per game. West is averaging 12.9 points per game along with 5.5 rebounds. All three of them know what it takes to win these conference road games so one can expect them all to play well on Saturday.
Texas Tech’s success is due to its elite defense. This season, Texas Tech is allowing 60.2 points per game which is the fifth-fewest in all of college basketball this season. The Red Raiders also average the ninth-most steals per game with 9.0 and use constant pressure to keep their opponents off-guard. This combo gives the Red Raiders one of the best defenses in all of college basketball which should be able to limit West Virginia’s offense on Saturday.
As for my prediction, I have to side with West Virginia. The Mountaineers are the better and more experienced team and are in better form than the Red Raiders at this point in time. Texas Tech is coming into this game off of a loss and I do not think that their team is as good as advertised. I expect West Virginia’s veteran guards to play well as the Mountaineers sneak away with a victory.
West Virginia vs. Texas Tech: Game Time, TV Channel & Viewing Details
Event: West Virginia vs. Texas Tech
Date: Saturday, January 13, 2018
Start Time: 2:00 P.M. EST
Location: United Supermarkets Arena in Lubbock, Texas
How to Watch West Virginia vs. Texas Tech On Your Tablet Or Mobile Device
You can live stream the game on the WatchESPN app.
How To Live Stream West Virginia vs. Texas Tech Online Without Cable Subscription
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