Kansas State head coach Bruce Weber talks to his players while West Virginia's Jordan McCabe (5) shoots during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, in Lawrence, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

BEVO BEAT Men's Basketball

Men’s preview: Texas at No. 12 West Virginia

West Virginia’s been on a two-game roller-coaster, beating TCU by 32 and losing to Kansas State by 16

Posted January 19th, 2020

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Texas at No. 12 West Virginia

When: 6 p.m. Monday

Where: WVU Coliseum (capacity 14,000)

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TV/radio: ESPNU/104.9 The Horn

About the series: Texas leads the all-time series 11-8. The two didn’t play on a regular basis until the Mountaineers joined the Big 12 in the 2012-13 season. Texas has won three straight.

TEXAS (12-5 overall, 2-3 Big 12)
No.Pos.PlayerClassHt.PPGRPG
2GMatt Coleman IIIJr.6-212.04.3*
3GCourtney RameySoph.6-311.14.6
13GJase FebresJr.6-59.92.5
33FKamaka HepaSoph.6-93.11.6
20FJericho SimsJr.6-99.78.1
Coach: Shaka Smart (83-71, 5th year at Texas; 246-127, 11th year overall)
*-indicates assists per game.

About the Longhorns: Matt Coleman III had a simple message when asked about West Virginia. “It should be a sense of urgency,” he said. The Longhorns can ill afford to fall back into a two-game hole in the Big 12 standings. Gerald Liddell was one of the unsung standouts from Saturday’s loss to Kansas. He had five points and two assists in nine minutes. Liddell also threw what appeared to be a no-look pass to Jericho Sims for a dunk. “He probably saw me,” Sims said. Liddell lost his spot in the starting lineup in late December and did not play in the two games prior. After Monday, Texas has the rest of the week off before next Saturday’s home game against LSU as part of the Big 12/SEC Challenge.

No. 12 WEST VIRGINIA (14-3 overall, 3-2 Big 12)
No.Pos.PlayerClassHt.PPGRPG
5GJordan McCabeSoph.6-03.11.9*
10GJermaine HaleySr.6-78.94.4
1FDerek CulverSoph.6-1010.69.3
11FEmmitt Matthews Jr.Soph.6-77.24.1
34FOscar TshiebweFr.6-911.69.4
Coach: Bob Huggins (284-154, 13th year at West Virginia; 802-340, 35th year overall)
*-indicates assists per game.

About the Mountaineers: A lot of West Virginia fans, and maybe even coach Bob Huggins himself, have to be scratching their heads about this team’s recent performances. WVU blew out TCU by 32 points. Then, Huggins’ club turned around and lost to Kansas State by 16 on Saturday. “We weren’t ready,” Huggins said on his post-game radio show afterward. “We weren’t ready yesterday and we weren’t ready today.” WVU did a terrific job keeping 3-point shooters in check in previous games. But K-State was 9-for-18 from 3-point range. Oscar Tshiebwe and Derek Culver are the Big 12’s top two rebounders. Both are averaging at least 9.3 boards per game. This is not one of Huggins’ more disciplined teams, though. WVU turns it over a league-high 15.4 times per game.

Contact Brian Davis at 512-445-3957. Email bdavis@statesman.com.

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