NCAA Men’s Basketball: West Virginia Mountaineers vs Texas Longhorns- Possible Lineups and Predictions

January 9, 2021 6:57 pm

NCAA Men’s Basketball action will continue when the #14 ranked West Virginia Mountaineers meet the #4 Texas Longhorns in an exciting matchup. Both teams have high expectations from their season and will be hoping to get a statement win right now this season.

The Longhorns are having a phenomenal season, having only lost one game till now. That game came against the Villanova Wildcats, who are ranked number 3 in the AP Poll. They have already beaten competition like the Kansas Jayhawks and the Oklahoma State Cowboys.

The West Virginia Mountaineers are looking to solidify a spot for themselves in the Top 10. They are 9-3 this season, having lost games to the Oklahoma Sooners, the Kansas Jayhawks, and the #1 ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs.

Both teams have been performing to expectation. However, the stakes are heightened considering both teams are going to go on a tricky run of fixtures after this game. Who wins this one?

NCAA Men’s Basketball: Can the Mountaineers upset the Longhorns?

The Mountaineers took a big blow when they lost Oscar Tshibewe, who opted out of the season for personal reasons. They have lost the energy and skill that he brought to the team. While they still have players like Derek Culver, losing Tshibewe has made the Mountaineers look a little shakier.

Dec 22, 2020; Lawrence, Kansas, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers guard Miles McBride (4) shoots over Kansas Jayhawks guard Marcus Garrett (0) during the second half at Allen Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

We have seen both these teams face similar opponents, and the conclusion has been that the Longhorns are better. Their win against the Cowboys was more impressive, and they beat the Kansas Jayhawks when Kansas were ranked higher than them. The Mountaineers fell pretty badly to Kansas and rallied to beat the Cowboys.

The Texas Longhorns will start with Jericho Sims, Andrew Jones, Courtney Ramey, Matt Coleman III, and Greg Brown. The Mountaineers will line up with Sean McNeil, Mile McBride, Emmitt Matthews, Jalen Bridges, and Derek Culver.  

We will pick the Longhorns as our winners for this one. They have a better constructed team and have been on a roll this season. It will take more than a depleted Mountaineers team to beat them.

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