Texas guard Courtney Ramey, left, knocks the ball away from Kansas State guard DaJuan Gordon, right, during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Manhattan, Kan., Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. Texas defeated Kansas State 70-59. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

BEVO BEAT Men's Basketball

Men’s preview: Texas vs. No. 17 West Virginia

Mountaineers come to Austin having lost five straight Big 12 road games

Posted February 23rd, 2020


Texas vs. No. 17 West Virginia

When: 6 p.m. Monday

Where: Erwin Center (capacity 16,540)


TV/radio: ESPNU/104.9 The Horn

About the series: Texas leads the all-time series 11-9. The Mountaineers humiliated the Horns earlier this season in Morgantown, winning 97-59 in the most lopsided loss in UT coach Shaka Smart’s five seasons. It was also UT’s biggest loss as a member of the Big 12.

TEXAS (16-11 overall, 6-8 Big 12)
2GMatt Coleman IIIJr.6-212.53.8*
3GCourtney RameySoph.6-311.04.0
1GAndrew JonesSoph.6-410.92.2
22FKai JonesFr.6-113.03.0
5FRoyce Hamm Jr.Jr.6-82.32.3
Coach: Shaka Smart (87-77, 5th year at Texas; 250-133, 11th year overall)
*-indicates assists per game.

About the Longhorns: The Ramey who showed up Saturday in Manhattan, Kan., is the player Texas coaches have been waiting for all season. He tallied a career-high 26 points on 10-of-16 shooting and a career-high five steals as UT cruised past Kansas State. “Our guys have really taken ownership of what we’ve asked them to do, starting with this guy (Ramey),” Smart told reporters afterward. Coleman played through his bruised heel injury and scored 12 points in 34 minutes. There were times it was noticeable Coleman favored his right foot, though. Freshman Will Baker had another confidence-building dunk, a left-handed flush that made all the highlight shows. “The thing that I’m really most excited about is that these are just glimpses of what he can do long-term,” Smart said.

No. 17 WEST VIRGINIA (19-8 overall, 7-7 Big 12)
12GTaz ShermanJr.6-45.30.9
4GMiles McBrideFr.6-29.32.4
10GJermaine HaleySr.6-79.01.9*
11FEmmitt Matthews Jr.Soph.6-76.33.6
34FOscar TshiebweFr.6-911.09.3
Coach: Bob Huggins (289-159, 13th year at West Virginia; 807-345, 35th year overall)
*-indicates assists per game.

About the Mountaineers: Since Texas last met West Virginia, Huggins’ club has fallen apart on the road. The Mountaineers have lost five straight Big 12 road games, including a 67-60 overtime decision Saturday in Fort Worth. TCU played solid perimeter defense as WVU went 2-for-17 from 3-point range and was dreadful at the free throw line (8-for-15). “I really don’t know what to say,” Huggins told reporters afterward. “I think I’ve said everything there is to say prior.” Sherman was the only Mountaineer in double figures with 16 points. WVU let TCU’s Kevin Samuel went wild inside, getting 19 points and eight rebounds. When tipoff arrives, West Virginia is likely to slip a few spots in the AP Top 25 poll. Still, Huggins’ club is fourth in the Big 12 standings with a .500 league mark.

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

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