On Saturday the Mountaineers will be in Austin, Texas taking on the Longhorns. The Horns are 7-9 this season, 1-3 in the Big 12 with their only win in the conference thus far against Oklahoma State. The mountaineers have not beaten the Horns since February 24, 2015. To see a game where the Longhorns fell to the Mountaineers in Texas, however, you must look as far back as February 9, 2013, that’s 1,432 days without a win in Austin.
WVU Leading Players
Leading scorer sophomore forward Esa Ahmad comes into this game with a season average of 54% from the field and 37% from beyond the arch. He averages 12.6 points a game, Ahmad is a fan favorite and is undoubtedly one of the most versatile players on the team.
Morgantown native and senior forward Nathan Adrian is having a phenomenal season. Averaging 6.5 rebounds a game and doubling his second highest points per game average with 10.7 points a game this season, a great difference since his freshman year averaging just 5.4 PPG.
Finally, junior guard Javon Carter is leading the team in assists per game. Carter also tends to get hot from downtown, if he makes 2 or 3 consecutive longs balls, he will be a huge offensive threat against the Longhorns. Carter is not only a threat with the ball but is an even bigger threat on defense, third-ranked in the country Carter steals the ball around four times a game. As for the team itself, they lead the country in turnover margin, steals per game, and scoring margin. They are also fifth-ranked in scoring offense and are number one in the Big 12 with 90.1 points a game.
The Horn’s leading scorer Tevin Mack, who averages 15 PPG is out for this game due to “violation of team rules”.
The Mountaineers are 11 point favorites and are 11-3 when they are the favorites. With a win this weekend, press Virginia would 4-5 against the Horns all-time. This will also be the first win in Austin since 2013. Making it the only win for every player on Bob Huggins’ team.