West Virginia has been scuffling with its offense recently, scoring 60 points or fewer in four of its past five games. The good news is, the Mountaineers are facing a Texas team on Monday that figures to be at a disadvantage in the post.
West Virginia ranks fifth in college basketball in rebound rate with Oscar Tshiebwe and Derek Culver leading the way with a combined 18 rebounds per game.
The Longhorns rank 306th among Division I teams in rebound rate and do a poor job of even attempting to get the ball into the paint.
Of all 353 Division I teams, Texas ranks dead last in free-throw attempts per attempted field goal. This will likely lead to Texas needing to attempt a lot of 3s, and West Virginia ranks second in the country in 3-point shooting percentage defense.
With Texas scoring 61 or fewer points in five of the past seven meetings against the Mountaineers, there is no reason to think the offense will ignite against a West Virginia bunch that ranks third in the country in fewest points allowed on a per-possession basis.
The play: West Virginia, -4 ¹/₂