Back WVU -4 Over Texas with NCAA Basketball Picks ATS: Pressing Defense, Home Court Advantage & More

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 3:53 PM UTC

Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015 3:53 PM UTC

Here's our professional NCAA Basketball Pick for Texas vs. WVU today. It is a matchup of a West Virginia team playing with revenge and for a chance at a Top 4 seed in upcoming Big 12 twenty action.  

<p style="text-align:center;"><iframe allowfullscreen frameborder="0" height="330" src="" width="560"></iframe></p> <p><strong><a href="" target="_blank" title="NCAA Basketball Picks: Texas vs. West Virginia">Texas vs. WVU (-4-)</a> </strong>7:00 ET ESPN2<br /> Texas travels to West Virginia for this 7:00 ET Big 12 tip on ESPN2. Texas has faltered with a 17-10 SU record, including 6-8 SU in Big 12 play.  As such, they are among numerous “bubble teams” vying for an NCAA invite.  These teams met earlier in the season with Texas recording a 77-50 win in Austin on January 17th.  In that victory, Texas held a commanding 44-32 rebounding edge while allowing WVU to shoot just 24% from the floor.  That victory made it 4 consecutive in the series for Texas with wins by an average of 18 PPG, including their 3-0 sweep last year.  This article will point out why the Mountaineers get their revenge rather than why Texas continues its dominance.</p> <p>Since January 24th, Texas has lost their way going 3-6 SU, 4-5 ATS.  Most disturbing for Texas is their play vs. the upper echelon of the Big 12.  Among their 8 Big 12 losses are double digit blowouts at the hands of Baylor by 23, Kansas by 13, Oklahoma St. by 11 and Oklahoma by 21.  The Longhorns are a big, strong athletic team with a +9.8 rebound margin per game.  But, they only shoot 43% from the field and 34% from the arc.  Their biggest issue tonight (important to keep in mind when placing <a href="" target="_blank" title="Free NCAA Basketball Picks">NCAA Baskeball picks</a>) will be the fact they commit over 13 TOs per game while forcing only 9 TOs per game.  This plays right into the hands of the pressure defense of WVU which is among the national leaders in forcing 21 TOs per game.</p> <p>WVU is one of the most improved teams in Big 12 play.  The Mounties were 17-16 SU last season, losing in the first round of the NIT.  This year, they have a 21-6 SU mark, including 10-3 SU at their home Coliseum.   They have played their best ball of the year in the last week with a 62-61 win vs. Kansas, followed by a 73-63 victory at Oklahoma St. on Saturday.   </p> <p>Expect WVU to continue the momentum of last week’s play fueled by their pressing defense, home court advantage &amp; exemplified by their status as favorites in the <a href="" target="_blank" title="See what NCAA Basketball odds are trading right now">NCAA Basketball odds</a>.  As such, they will easily avenge their earlier 27 point loss at Texas against a Longhorn team who has played their worst against the best teams in the league.</p> <p><strong>NCAA Basketball Pick: </strong>Take <a href=";book=inarticlebookmaker" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Act now at BookMaker Sportsbook">WVU -5 at BookMaker</a></p> <p><iframe allowtransparency="true" border="0" frameborder="no" height="140px" id="iframe-odds-widget-2036869707517426" name="iframe-odds-widget-2036869707517426" scrolling="no" src=";timezone=16&amp;theme=article&amp;line-type=spreadntotals.type=whole-game&amp;odds-type=US&amp;books=19,43,227,1096,999996,93,238,123,139&amp;trackers=1409845611531.xml&amp;event-id=362168" style="width:642px;border:medium none;overflow:hidden;"></iframe></p>
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