West Virginia vs. Texas – Game Preview – January 15, 2022
A Big 12 teams game includes the Texas Longhorns (11-3, 1-2 Big 12) and the West Virginia Mountaineers (8-5, 3-0 Big 12) at 8:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 15, 2022.
Texas lost to Kansas 70-66 in overtime in the team’s last outing on Wednesday. Joanne Allen-Taylor had a team-high 18 points in the losing effort.
West Virginia beat Texas Tech 64-53 in last team action Wednesday, led by Madisen Smith’s team-high 15 points.
Texas Team Stats
Texas enters the game averaging 78.6 points per game, 17.7 more than West Virginia’s 60.9 dropouts per game. The Longhorns are 8-2 in games where they have 61+ points.
This season, the Longhorns have hit a higher shooting percentage than their opponents, shooting 44% from the field while limiting the competition to 36.4%. When Texas is shooting better than its season average, the Longhorns are 7-0 this year.
West Virginia team stats
The Mountaineers’ average outing per game of 70.3 points is higher than the 56.1 Texas is giving up. When West Virginia hits the 56-point mark, it’s 5-1 on the year.
When they get to the free throw line, which they do 20.4 times per game, the Mountaineers are shooting 73.2 percent, which is fifth in the Big 12. Kirsten Deans is West Virginia’s leading shooter from the line, making 3.9 free throws per game while shooting. 91 percent.
Texas players to watch
Aliyah Matharu leads Texas in scoring and is averaging 14.7 points and 1.5 steals per game. Rori Harmon paces the team with 5.0 assists and an average of 11.4 points, while Lauren Ebo leads the Longhorns with 6.6 rebounds per game and adds 7.2 points.
Texas’ three-point offense is led by Matharu, who averages 2.5 three-pointers per game while hitting 43 percent of his shots from beyond the arc.
Player stats reflect 13 of 13 games this season.
West Virginia players to watch
Deans leads West Virginia in points, scoring 15.2 per game and assisting with 4.3 per game. Esmery Martinez is adding 10.6 points and 8.5 rebounds for the Mountaineers, while Smith is averaging 6.9 points and 3.9 assists per game.
Deans is making the most threes per game for West Virginia, shooting 30 percent from downtown while hitting 1.3 three-pointers per game.
Player stats reflect 11 of 11 games this season.
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