West Virginia coach Bob Huggins yells out at the referees during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Texas Tech, Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, in Lubbock, Texas. (AP Photo/Brad Tollefson)

BEVO BEAT Men's Basketball

Men’s preview: Texas at West Virginia

Posted February 8th, 2019


Texas at West Virginia

When: 7 p.m. Saturday

Where: WVU Coliseum (capacity 14,000)


TV/radio: ESPN2/104.9 The Horn

About the series: Texas leads the all-time series 10-8. The Longhorns won 61-54 when the two teams met in Austin on Jan. 5. Matt Coleman III had a team-high 17 points as UT shot 50 percent overall and forced 12 turnovers.

TEXAS (13-10, 5-5 Big 12)
2GMatt Coleman IIISoph.6-210.33.4*
3GCourtney RameyFr.6-36.62.6
12GKerwin Roach IISr.6-414.94.6
21FDylan OsetkowskiSr.6-910.38.0
10FJaxson HayesFr.6-1110.65.3
Coach: Shaka Smart (63-60, 4th year at Texas; 226-116, 10th year overall)
*-indicates assists per game.

About the Longhorns: Freshman Jaxson Hayes said the Longhorns’ word of the week is “hunt.”  Hunt for more rebounds, hunt for loose balls, hunt for a road victory in Morgantown. “Hunting for easy points, hunting in transition,” Hayes said. UT’s last trip to WVU was a total embarrassment. The Mountaineers won by 35 points in the most lopsided loss in coach Shaka Smart’s four years at UT. “It’s a Big 12 team and a Division I basketball team,” guard Matt Coleman III said. “No matter the seedings, no matter the standings, yo still have to come out and play to win.” Texas’ four Big 12 road losses this season have come by an average of 3.5 points each.

WEST VIRGINIA (10-13, 2-8 Big 12)
5GJordan McCabeFr.6-02.81.5*
10GJermaine HaleyJr.6-73.73.0
21FWesley HarrisJr.6-88.04.6
23FEsa AhmadSr.6-812.05.8
1FDerek CulverFr.6-1012.18.5
Coach: Bob Huggins (265-143, 12th year at WVU; 783-329, 34th year overall)
*-indicates assists per game.

About the Mountaineers: Just when coach Bob Huggins thought things weren’t going well, it got worse Monday at Texas Tech. The Mountaineers made only nine field goals, the fewest in a game since 1940, and finished with one of the worst shooting percentages in school history. It was also the first time WVU had more than 20 turnovers and less than 10 field goals in school history, according to the Charleston Gazette. Center Logan Routt even got himself ejected on the bench for getting tangled with a Tech player. “We’ve never gotten beat like this before,” Huggins told reporters afterward. “We’re putting guys in who aren’t playing as hard as the guys we take out — and the guys we’re taking out is because they’re not playing hard.”

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

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