Texas vs. West Virginia: Full Game Preview
|Texas||S McClellan 14.8||J Holmes 7.1||J Felix 5.6|
|West Virginia||A Murray 10.1||A Murray 6.5||J Staten 2.9|
Texas travels to WVU Coliseum on Monday to take on West Virginia. Tip-off is at 9:00 EST and you can catch it on ESPN. The Longhorns lost to the Mountaineers 57-53 on January 9th.
Texas is in 8th place in the conference and has an opportunity to gain ground on 7th place West Virginia.
In their last outing, behind 15 points from Sheldon McClellan, the Longhorns blew out TCU 60-43 on February 2nd. He leads the team with 14.8 points per game. For the Mountaineers, Eron Harris finished with 18 points in the 77-61 blowout of Texas Tech on February 2nd. He contributes 2.1 rebounds per game in addition to his 8.0 points per game. A key area of strength for West Virginia is offensive rebounding percentage at 38.1, which ranks 2nd in their conference (and 27th nationally).
West Virginia StatSmack
- We just win. Texas has more wins over the last 5 years than West Virginia (135 vs 129).
- Jonathan Holmes is ranked 10th in the Big 12 in rebounds and 10th in the Big 12 in blocks.
- Cameron Ridley is ranked 3rd in the Big 12 in blocks.
- Javan Felix is ranked 35th nationally in assists and 8th in the Big 12 in steals.
- Julien Lewis is ranked 9th in the Big 12 in steals.
- Texas has a better overall winning percentage over the last 20 years (69.16% to 59.52%).
- We're a talent magnet. Since 1998 Texas has recruited more Top 10 high school players than West Virginia (3 vs 0).
- AP voters think more highly of Texas and have put us in the AP Top 25 more often over the past 10 years than West Virginia (150 vs 76).
- Texas takes less vacation, with more NCAA Tournament appearances over the last 10 years than West Virginia (10 vs 7).
- The Texas three-point leader (Julien Lewis) has more three-pointers than the West Virginia three-point leader (Eron Harris).
- Sheldon McClellan is ranked 4th in the Big 12 in points.