WVU, Texas Tech preview and prediction

WVU, Texas Tech preview and prediction

WVU Basketball

WVU, Texas Tech preview and prediction

Game Info

Date: Monday, February 26, 2018

Tip-off: 9:00 p.m. ET

Venue: Coliseum in Morgantown, W.Va.

Radio: Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG (Tony Caridi & Jay Jacobs)

TV stream: ESPN2 (Rich Hollenberg and Fran Franschilla)

Projected West Virginia Lineup

Jevon Carter

Daxter Miles Jr.

Esa Ahmad

Wesley Harris

Sagaba Konate

Projected Texas Tech Lineup

Justin Gray

Norense Odiase

Keenan Evans

Jarrett Culver

Zhaire Smith

Why West Virginia Will Win

Last time the Mountaineers and Texas Tech met, things ended in heartbreak for WVU. The Mountaineers blew a 11-point lead to the Red Raiders and lost 72-71 in Lubbock back in January. Keenan Evans (17.2 points) scored 20 points on 60 percent shooting. WVU hopes to redeem the loss and send its two seniors Jevon Carter (17.0 points, 5.0 rebounds) and Daxter Miles Jr. (12.2 points) out on top in their final home game. Against Iowa State on Saturday, Carter scored 24 points. In the first half, he picked up his first assist of the game and became the first player in Power Five conference history to get 1500 points, 500 assists, 500 rebounds and 300 steals. During his tenure with the Mountaineers, Carter has 303 career steals. Miles and Sagaba Konate both added 14 points. Esa Ahmad looked like the Ahmad that fans remember from previous seasons. The junior picked up his second career double-double with 18 points and 11 boards. Texas Tech is coming off a hard fought loss to Kansas on Saturday afternoon. Jarrett Culver (11.2 points) and Zhaire Smith (11.4 points) combined to score 38 points. Smith was 8-of-10 from the charity stripe and the performance marked his seventh straight game in double figures. The loss dropped the Red Raiders into a second place tie with WVU. Texas Tech has dropped three straight games while the Mountaineers have won two in a row. WVU has won seven of the last nine meetings between the two teams.

Score Prediction

West Virginia  82, Texas Tech 76

Cover Photo Credit: Kelsie LeRose, BGS


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