West Virginia at Texas College Basketball Picks & Predictions 1/5/2019
Saturday, January 5, 2019
Frank Erwin Center
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The West Virginia Mountaineers head to Frank Erwin Center to take on the Texas Longhorns on Saturday, January 5, 2019. The opening line for this game has Texas as 8 point favorites.
West Virginia heads into this matchup with a mark of 8-5. They currently have a point differential of 5.4 as they are averaging 77.8 points per contest while giving up 72.4 per game. Texas has an overall mark of 9-4. They are averaging 73.5 points per contest and giving up 64.5, which is a point differential of 9.0.
Valuable West Virginia Mountaineers Betting Trends
The West Virginia Mountaineers are 5-8-0 against the spread this season
The West Virginia Mountaineers are 7-6-0 against the over/under this year
Important Texas Longhorns Betting Trends
The Texas Longhorns are 6-7-0 against the spread this season
The Texas Longhorns are 4-9-0 against the over/under this year
Key West Virginia Mountaineers Injuries
12/22/18 F Sagaba Konate Knee is OUT 2-4 weeks
Key Texas Longhorns Injuries
No key injuries to report
Esa Ahmad comes into this game averaging 13.6 points per contest while playing 27.4 minutes per night this year. He grabs 5.7 rebounds per contest and distributes 2.0 assists per game. His FG percentage is 41% while his free throw percentage is 69%. Lamont West averages 11.6 points per contest in 23.1 minutes per game. He averages 1.1 assists per game and 4.8 rebounds per contest. His field goal percentage is 42% for the season while his free throw percentage is 82%.
Kerwin Roach Jr. scores 13.6 points per contest while playing 29.9 minutes per game. He hauls in 4.7 rebounds per contest and has 4.0 assists per game on the season. His FG percentage is 41% and his free throw percentage is at 70%. Matt Coleman averages 10.0 points per game this year and he sees the court an average of 30.7 minutes per game. He also brings in 1.5 rebounds per game and has 3.2 assists per contest. His field goal percentage is 39% and his free throw percentage is 71%.
Useful Team Statistics
West Virginia averages 77.8 points per contest, which is 97th in D-1. Their average scoring margin is 5.4 and their shooting percentage is 43% as a unit, which has them ranked 270th. From 3-point territory they shoot 34%, which is good for 209th in the nation. They average 42.5 boards per contest and 14.3 assists per game, which ranks them 12th and 145th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they are 26th with 16.2 per game. The Mountaineers allow 72.4 points per contest, which is 206th in the NCAA. They also surrender a 41% shooting percentage and a 34% average from 3-point range, ranking them 89th and 185th in defensive field goal percentage. Opponents average 35.4 rebounds a game which ranks 199th, and they allow 12.6 assists per game which puts them in 145th place in the country. They force 13.6 turnovers per game which ranks them 156th in Division 1.
Useful Team Statistics
Texas is 194th in the nation with 73.5 points per contest this season. They are 256th in the country in shooting at 43%, while their average scoring margin is 9.0. They shoot 34% from beyond the arc, which is good for 214th in the NCAA. They are 120th in D-1 in rebounding with 37.3 boards per contest and 155th in assists per game with 14.2. The Longhorns are 303rd in turnovers per contest with 11.6. The Longhorns give up 64.5 points per game, which ranks them 44th in Division 1. Their defense surrenders a 39% shooting percentage and a 32% average from behind the 3-point line, ranking them 31st and 121st in those defensive statistics. They rank 11th with 9.6 dimes allowed per game and 249th with 36.5 boards surrendered per contest. The Longhorns are 231st in the nation in forcing turnovers with 14.6 per contest this year.
The Mountaineers are 146th in the nation in offensive rating with 106.1. In terms of pace they are 97th in the country with 72.6 possessions per 40 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 50% is 241st. As a team they are 210th in college basketball in true shooting percentage with 54% and they shoot 3-pointers on 43% of their shots, ranking 80th in Division 1. West Virginia is 58th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 18.3 times per 100 possessions.
Texas is 308th in college basketball in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 14.3 times per 100 possessions. The Longhorns are 172nd in the country in offensive rating with 104.4. In terms of pace they are 220th in Division 1 with 69.8 possessions per 40 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 50% is 218th. As a team they are 246th in D-1 in true shooting percentage with 53% and they shoot 3-pointers on 45% of their shots, ranking 45th in the nation.
Who will win tonight's West Virginia/Texas college basketball game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take West Virginia +8
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