With conference tournament play underway in NCAA basketball, there is a game between two ranked opponents in the Big 12. These teams are the West Virginia Mountaineers and the Texas Tech Red Raiders. According to the AP poll, both teams are ranked in the top 20 which should result in an extremely competitive basketball game. This season, both teams have split the two meetings between them. Expect this game to be no different and for it to be extremely competitive throughout.
West Virginia’s success is due to its extremely talented backcourt. Guards like Jevon Carter, James Bolden and Lamont West all decided to return this season which gives West Virginia one of the best backcourts in all of college basketball. Carter is currently averaging 17.0 points per game along with 4.8 rebounds and 6.6 assists. Bolden is averaging 9.2 points per game along with 2.0 rebounds per game in 18 minutes per game. West is averaging 10.1 points per game along with 3.8 rebounds. All three of them know what it takes to win these conference tournament games so one can expect them all to play well on Friday.
Texas Tech’s success is due to its elite defense. This season, Texas Tech is allowing 64.7 points per game which is the 18th fewest in all of college basketball this season. The Red Raiders also average the 35th most steals per game with 7.5 and use constant pressure to keep their opponents off-guard. This combo gives the Red Raiders one of the best defenses in all of college basketball which should be able to limit West Virginia’s offense on Friday.
As for my prediction, I have to side with West Virginia. The Mountaineers are the better and more experienced team and are in better form than the Red Raiders at this point in time. West Virginia beat Texas Tech by double digits less than two weeks ago and I expect West Virginia’s veteran guards to play well as the Mountaineers sneak away with a victory.
West Virginia vs. Texas Tech: Game Time, TV Channel & Viewing Details
Event: West Virginia vs. Texas Tech
Date: Friday, March 9, 2018
Start Time: 9:00 P.M. EST
Location: Sprint Center in Kansas City, MO
How to Watch West Virginia vs. Texas Tech On Your Tablet Or Mobile Device
You can live stream the game on the WatchESPN app.
You can download the WatchESPN app on Google Play, Amazon, iTunes, and the Windows Store. The Fox Sports Go app is also available on the following devices: Apple TV, Roku, Android TV and Fire TV.
How To Live Stream West Virginia vs. Texas Tech Online Without Cable Subscription
You can also live stream the game through Sling TV free trial. Just click on the Sling website and click “Watch Now 7 Days Free” for the free trial. Choose the Sling Orange package, which costs $20 per month and comes with ESPN, along with many other sports channels.