Head coach Bob Huggins, above, previews the match-up, including a key backcourt clash between Texas' Isaiah Taylor and Javan Felix and WVU's depth of Jevon Carter, Daxter Miles, Jaysean Paige and Tarik Phillip. Taylor, a preseason All-Big 12 honoree, spearheads a solid Texas offense that has been able to partially overcome the loss of center Cameron Ridley after the senior suffered a foot injury during nonconference play. Taylor's experience and understanding of spacing and floor vision make him a formidable point, and a prime player to eye during the midweek clash.
Huggins also discusses West Virginia's play without Devin Williams, and how the forward would have changed the Oklahoma game with greater minutes. Huggins also addressed Texas' sheer size, and how even with the loss of Ridley, the Longhorns offer a pair of interior starters at 6-11 and 6-10, respectively, in Prince Ibeh and Connor Lambert. The two combine to average just eight points and eight rebounds, but do a solid job of defending the basket and creating scoring issues for foes. Because of the switch in styles, and Texas' ability to rely on its guards, Huggins said he's interested in seeing how the Mountaineers can defend Taylor with pressure, and how WVU will limit the shooting ability to Felix.