MORGANTOWN, W.Va.— Both West Virginia and Texas Tech had to postpone games because of COVID but now the two teams are back in action in a top-20 showdown.
The 14th-ranked Mountaineers (10-4, 3-3 Big 12) are coming off a 22-point victory over Kansas State on Saturday.
WVU forced 28 turnovers in the win.
Sophomore guard Deuce McBride led the Mountaineers with 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting. Freshman forward Jalen Bridges had 12 points and senior guard Taz Sherman chipped in 10.
It was WVU’s first game in two weeks and they looked rusty at times. Derek Culver and Emmitt Matthews Jr. both weren’t as sharp as usual.
Matthews played just nine minutes and scored just four points. Culver had eight points and four rebounds.
The Red Raiders’ (11-4, 4-3) games against Iowa State was canceled because of COVID issues in the Cyclones’ program.
Texas Tech’s last game was last Saturday’s 68-60 to No. 2 Baylor. Georgetown transfer Mac McClung led Tech with 24 points while Kevin McCullar added 10.
McClung leads the Red Raiders, averaging a team-best 16.3 points, including 19.7 points-per-game in Big 12 play this year. In the team’s win over Texas earlier this month he dropped 22 points.
Sophomore guard Terrence Shannon Jr. is averaging 12.8 points and five rebounds per game.
McCullar is averaging 11.2 points and 7.2 rebounds while guard Kyler Edwards averages 10.1 points-per contest.
Tonight’s game will tip off at 9 p.m. and will be televised nationally as part of ESPN’s Big Monday lineup.
Cover Photo Credit: Dale Sparks-WVU Sports