WVU-Texas: Inside and Outside

The contrast in styles is obvious when previewing West Virginia and Texas. What's not so clear is how to counter if one team can control tempo and assert their preference of play. Here, forward Brandon Watkins discusses WVU's plans in the half court offense, while guard Jevon Carter details UT's guards and the press match-up.

Watkins, at 6-9, 228 pounds, is West Virginia's second-largest player behind Elijah Macon (6-9, 240 lbs.), and is by far the best defender around the rim because of his length and innate shot altering ability. Here, the sophomore speaks to battling Texas' size, the importance of his being able to score against the zone defense in half court sets and finally regaining most of the weight loss to an illness that forced him to miss the first seven games of the season.

Carter, arguably West Virginia's best perimeter defender, discusses his development as a defensive stalwart, challenging Texas' guards due to a dearth of secondary options for the 'Horns and making UT and head coach Rick Barnes utilize a shorter bench against WVU's 12-player wave.

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