How to watch Texas vs. West Virginia

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That's the distinction to be drawn from West Virginia and TCU entering their featured matchup on ESPN.

Texas is no tough out, though. "Got our ass kicked". "Definitely not what we expected".

There isn't any time for mental lapses or letdowns with a team that while struggling losing four out of five games, is 10-2 at home and has been nationally ranked for nearly the entirety of the season. "I said well are you prepared to coach the team?"

Such was the deflated nature of a blistering 86-51 loss. Jevon Carter paced the offense, which finally clicked on all cylinders in the second half, with 22 points. Fisher was averaging 12.3 points on 50 percent shooting and a team-best 5.4 assists per game.

Texas has not been a willing foe in the past, however, winning here in 2014 and 2016. The Horned Frogs have never defeated the Mountaineers since both joined the Big 12 in 2012.

"That's what we've been talking about all week", Carter said.

"They watch TV, so they know (how good Bamba is)", Huggins said. The Horned Frogs are averaging 9.2 three-pointers per game on 40.8% shooting from beyond the arc.

The Texas Longhorns will play the West Virginia Mountaineers in one of the college football games in Saturday, start time at 2:00 PM ET, at WVU Coliseum, Morgantown, West Virginia. "We were waiting until guys got to open spots. Are you prepared to coach the team?"' Huggins recalled.

Proving that the more things change, the more they stay the same. This team struggles to score. The Horned Frogs are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Monday games and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games following a ATS loss. The December losses came when Jones was out with a fractured wrist. "When you make some shots, you play better defense".

Although, West Virginia claimed all three games a year ago, including a 63-53 victory in the Big 12 Tournament. The sophomore averaged 12.3 points per game prior to being sidelined.

The Mountaineers ended up finishing 27-9 on the season with an NIT Championship in John Beilein's last season at the helm. "When we play hard as a team we are very hard to beat".

"These last few games, we're played with some different lineups", Smart said. "That was big for us". We were hitting guys early and late. Esa Ahmad failed to record double figures for the first time since since his return, but he was solid with eight points and seven rebounds.

The Horns kept battling, though.

The Longhorns jumped out to a 20-17 lead following a Kerwin Roach free throw at the 8:51 mark in the first half, but only scored 2 points the rest of the way leading up to halftime, giving West Virginia a 32-22 lead. And then it all stopped.

West Virginia's James "Beetle" Bolden added 19 points, Daxter Miles Jr. scored 15 and Sagaba Konate had 10 points, 14 rebounds and six blocks. But the Mountaineers went on a 10-2 run and started pulling away. The Mountaineers shot 46-percent from the field including 66-percent in the second half while beating Texas on the boards.

"There's nothing wrong with the offense", Coleman said.

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