Jevon Carter (2) of the West Virginia Mountaineers drives to the hoop against Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. (0) of the Baylor Bears at the WVU Coliseum on January 10, 2017 in Morgantown, West Virginia. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

BEVO BEAT Men's Basketball

Men’s preview: No. 10 West Virginia vs. Texas

Posted January 13th, 2017

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Time: 3 p.m. Saturday

Where: Erwin Center (capacity 16,540)

TV/Radio: ESPN2/104.9 FM The Horn

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Series history: Texas leads the all-time series 8-4. The Longhorns have won six of the last seven games, including a two-game sweep last season. The Mountaineers’ only win in Austin came on Jan. 9, 2013 — a 57-53 victory in overtime.

TEXAS (7-9, 1-3 Big 12 overall)
No.Pos.PlayerClassHt.Wt.PPGRPG
12GKerwin Roach Jr.Soph.6-417511.33.3*
1GAndrew JonesFr.6-41909.62.6*
10GEric Davis Jr.Soph.6-31957.03.0
31FJarrett AllenFr.6-1123511.27.7
32FShaq CleareSr.6-82757.05.1
Coach: Shaka Smart (27-22, 2nd season at Texas; 190-78, 8th season overall)
*-indicates assists per game

About the Longhorns: By all indications, Oak Hill Academy point guard Matt Coleman, the sole focus of UT coach Shaka Smart’s backcourt recruiting efforts, is ready to make a final decision. The Virginia native is expected to announce whether he will attend Texas or Duke on Monday. … With Tevin Mack suspended indefinitely, the Longhorns are suddenly without their leading scorer (14.8). That puts extra emphasis on big men Jarrett Allen, Shaq Cleare and James Banks, especially against a team that wants to turn the game into a track meet. Together, the trio is averaging 19.7 points. … Mack’s absence could force graduate transfer Mareik Isom into the lineup whether he’s fully healthy or not. The 6-foot-9 forward has not played this season due to an ankle injury.

No. 10 WEST VIRGINIA (14-2, 3-1 Big 12 overall)
No.Pos.PlayerClassHt.Wt.PPGRPG
2GJevon CarterJr.6-220010.94.8*
4GDaxter Miles Jr.Jr.6-320010.62.1
11FNathan AdrianSr.6-923510.76.5
23FEsa AhmadSoph.6-822512.64.8
20FBrandon WatkinsSr.6-92257.94.3
Coach: Bob Huggins (215-112, 10th season at West Virginia; 733-298, 32nd season overall)
*-indicates assists per game

About the Mountaineers: There was a lot of hype earlier this week when Baylor was named the nation’s No. 1 team in the weekly Associated Press Top 25 poll. West Virginia promptly cut Baylor down to size with an 89-68 win just one day later. The Bears had a season-high 29 turnovers and never led once. “They just kicked our butt,” Baylor coach Scott Drew said. … West Virginia’s ability to force turnovers is what fuels its sky-high scoring totals. Coach Bob Huggins’ crew ranks fifth nationally in scoring (90.1) and 27th in shooting (.486). … In a perfect situation, Huggins would prefer his team get more shots than the opponent. That’s what happened against Baylor. It’s a solid offensive rebounding team (15.9) that racks up plenty of multiple chances. 

 

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