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Five Things to Know Before WVU vs. Texas Tech



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On Saturday afternoon, West Virginia will look to end a six-game losing streak, when they host No. 14 Texas Tech in Morgantown. Here are five things to know before the game.

Taz Sherman in Concussion Protocol as of Friday

On Friday, WVU head coach Bob Huggins announced for the second-straight day that leading scorer Taz Sherman was in concussion protocol. Huggins first made the announcement on Thursday, saying that Sherman has not practiced all week. Sherman sustained the concussion in the final minutes of the Baylor game when BU’s Jeremy Sochan inadvertently hit Sherman in the face.

Sherman’s status for the game is unknown, as it will probably be decided last minute.

Recap of the First Matchup

With the two meeting just two weeks ago on Jan. 22, the Red Raiders pulled away late, winning 78-65. This was the Mountaineers’ third-straight loss in their long losing streak that they’re still on. Sherman went off for 21 points, finding his former self from the beginning of the season. The team struggled to get anything going on offense as Sherman and Malik Curry were the only players to score in double-figures.

Texas Tech controlled the rebounding battle, winning 35-25. The Red Raiders were able to get to the line a lot two weekends ago, fouling out Curry, Pauly Paulicap, Gabe Osabuohien and Jalen Bridges. The Mountaineers will have to stay out of foul trouble on Saturday and rebound the ball to have a chance at beating TTU.

Texas Tech Could Start Slow

On Tuesday night, Texas Tech welcomed back former head coach — and now Texas head coach — Chris Beard. It was around 50 hours of camping out and borderline harassing Beard. Once TTU students knew Beard and Texas arrived on campus, they made their lives hell until they left.

Not only for the students was this a high-emotion game, but for the TTU players as well. Some of Beard’s players decided to stay with head coach Mark Adams. Could Texas Tech be burnt out from the emotional game on Tuesday?

Betting Lines

The spread for the West Virginia and Texas Tech game is -4.5 TTU. The WVU money line is +175.

The over-under is 130.5.

The spread has continued to move up for the Red Raiders and could still move up as we await on the details to Sherman.

How to Watch and Listen

You can watch West Virginia take on Texas Tech on Saturday, at 2 p.m., on ESPN. The Big 12 matchup will take place inside the WVU Coliseum, in Morgantown.

Mountaineer Sports Network will broadcast the game on the radio, with Tony Caridi and Jay Jacobs once again calling WVU games for the entirety of this season.

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