Texas Basketball: Analytical breakdown of blowout win v. WVU

A thoroughly dominant 94-58 win over West Virginia delivered Texas basketball just its second win on home court in a Big 12 game this season.

Max Abmas, Texas basketball
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Texas basketball absolutely dominated the West Virginia Mountaineers in almost every part of the game in a blowout 94-58 win at the Moody Center on Feb. 10. Texas and head coach Rodney Terry had their most thoroughly impressive win in the Big 12 on home court this season in this 36-point dismantling of the Mountaineers in Austin this weekend.

Behind 19 first-half points from senior big man Dylan Disu, Texas jumped on West Virginia from the opening tip-off of this game. Texas also got big contributions from the backcourt, with senior guard Max Abmas and junior Tyrese Hunter scoring 19 points each against West Virginia.

A near-complete domination on both ends of the floor is what you would expect when the Longhorns beat an opponent by the most points of any Big 12 game this season (36), per Sports Reference.

How Texas basketball beat West Virginia at home on Feb. 10

Here's an analytical breakdown of Texas's dominant win over West Virginia at the Moody Center on Feb. 10.

Four Factors

True shooting percentage

Texas-63.9%

West Virginia-45.1%

Texas shot the ball at a much more efficient clip from all levels of the court in this win over West Virginia. The Longhorns shot 12 percent better from the field, 24 percent better from beyond the arc, and 26 percent better from the free-throw line than the Mountaineers.

It was a huge part of this game for Texas to get off to a good start to shoot the ball well from deep. They did just that with Disu's five three-pointers in the first half leading to Texas shooting an impressive 15-of-32 from deep.

Turnover percentage

Texas-6.4%

West Virginia-18.9%

Texas downright dominated West Virginia in the turnover battle in this game. The Longhorns turned the ball over just five times (fewest in any Big 12 game for Texas this season) compared to 15 for the Mountaineers.

Turnovers were a big factor in Texas's upset loss to West Virginia in Morgantown earlier this season, where they turned it over 22 times. Terry and staff seem to have righted the ship regarding ball movement and turnover management as Texas has turned the ball over 10 times or fewer in three of the last five contests.

Offensive rebounding percentage

West Virginia-29.0%

Texas-25.7%

The one major area of this game that the Mountaineers beat the Longhorns was the battle on the glass. Texas has struggled on the offensive glass throughout conference play, which continued in this game, despite the big blowout win.

FTA Rate

West Virginia-.382

Texas-.114

Texas just didn't get many calls go their way, as West Virginia shot over a dozen more free-throws than the Longhorns in this game.

Style Metrics

Assist percentage: Texas-77.8%, West Virginia-28.6%

Assist/Turnover Ratio: Texas-5.6, West Virginia-0.40

The ball movement was nearly immaculate for the Longhorns in this game. Led by an insane nine assists and zero turnovers from Abmas, Texas registered 28 assists compared to just six for West Virginia.

Hunter and Abmas combined for over half of Texas's dimes in this game.

Texas registered a season-high in Big 12 play 77.8 assist percentage and a season-best 5.6 assist-to-turnover ratio in this game.

3PA Rate

Texas-45.7%

West Virginia-23.6%

When the three-ball is on the mark for the Longhorns, they are a tough team to beat. A combined dozen three-point field goals from Abmas and Disu led the Longhorns to get 45 points from the deep ball in the win over West Virginia.

Pace

Texas-67 possessions

West Virginia-66 possessions

Since so many of Texas's first-half buckets came in transition off of West Virginia turnovers, this game was played at a faster pace than the last few outings for Terry's squad.

Texas scored 17 points compared to just six in the fastbreak for West Virginia.

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