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Texas Tech Basketball Tale of the Tape: #9 West Virginia Mountaineers (20-6, 8-5)

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The Red Raiders travel to Morgantown this weekend. Can they pull off back-to-back upsets?

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Texas Tech is coming off of a huge win at home against #4 Baylor. The Red Raiders upset the Bears 84-78, getting their second Big 12 Conference upset of the season and putting them back in the hunt for an NCAA Tournament bid. Tech already upset West Virginia on January 3rd when they were ranked #7, but can they do it again?

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West Virginia Key Players

Category Stat Name
Points/Game 11.9 F Esa Ahmad
Rebounds/Game 6.4 F Nathan Adrian
Assist/Game 4.2 G Jevon Carter
Free Throw % .800 F Lamont West

West Virginia is a good all-around team. They don't have a single superstar player who's going to draw all the attention from the Red Raiders' defense. Three players are averaging double-digit points per game numbers this season. They are Esa Ahmad, Jevon  Carter, and Nathan Adrian. These three players are the biggest ones Tech will need to focus on.

Last 5 Games

1/31 @ Iowa State W 85-72
2/04 vs. Oklahoma State L 82-75
2/08 @ Oklahoma W 61-50
2/11 vs. Kansas State W 85-66
2/13 @ #3 Kansas L 84-80 OT

Since Texas Tech upset West Virginia back in early January, they are 8-4. Currently the Mountaineers are coming off of a close loss on the road at #3 Kansas, a game they had but let slip away. Coming home, they will be looking to get back on track after losing two of their last four games.

Prediction

Texas Tech 67- West Virginia 70

I expect the Mountaineers to come out with vengeance on their minds, playing Tech for the first time since they upset them earlier in the season. It's hard to pull off back-to-back upsets vs. Top 25 opponents in this conference as we saw when Tech lost on the road to Kansas after beating West Virginia. I believe Chris Beard will get his guys ready to play hard, but in the end West Virginia gets revenge on Tech.