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Texas Tech vs. West Virginia score: Miles McBride lifts Mountaineers to thrilling victory over Red Raiders

Texas Tech vs. West Virginia score: Miles McBride lifts Mountaineers to thrilling victory over Red Raiders

January 26, 2021
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USATSI No. 11 West Virginia notched a thrilling win over No. 10 Texas Tech on Monday night. In a game that saw eight lead changes and seven ties, Mountaineers guard Miles McBride hit the go-ahead bucket with just over six seconds left, serving as the final difference in their […]

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No. 11 West Virginia notched a thrilling win over No. 10 Texas Tech on Monday night. In a game that saw eight lead changes and seven ties, Mountaineers guard Miles McBride hit the go-ahead bucket with just over six seconds left, serving as the final difference in their 88-87 victory.

McBride finished the night with a career-high 24 points and came up big in the second half, accounting for 19 of the 24 points in the game's final 11 minutes. His game-winner came on a designed play at the top of the action as he got a screen from Taz Sherman, gathered steam turning the corner and finished with finesse in traffic between two defenders. Texas Tech guard Mac McClung's potential game-winner on the other end clanked off the iron long.

HE CALLED GAME �

No. 11 West Virginia beats No. 10 Texas Tech in Morgantown. pic.twitter.com/qaMvZLX3Dc

— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 26, 2021

It was a fitting finish to the night as McClung and McBride went toe-to-toe in the second half. McClung also finished with a career-high while scoring 30 points in the loss. McClung, too, saved his best for last -- much like McBride -- with 24 of his total points coming in the second half.

In the end, McBride had the final say after a slow start, and that was also true of his West Virginia team. Texas Tech led by as many as a dozen with under eight minutes to play and by eight points with 5:17. But the Mountaineers had an answer at each turn. After the Red Raiders went up by 12, it was McBride who came up big with clutch jumpers in consecutive possessions. And after they went up by eight with 5:17 left, it was -- you guessed it! -- McBride there again, answering with a 3-pointer on the other end just eight seconds later.

The win moves the Mountaineers to 11-4 (4-3 Big 12) and gives them their biggest win of the season to date. They were previously 1-3 against ranked opponents, with close contests against Gonzaga, Kansas and Texas as well as a win over Richmond. For Texas Tech, it's the Red Raiders' second consecutive loss after falling to No. 2 Baylor a week ago.

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A new bracket is out Monday and the top line of the bracket is unchanged, however there was big news over the weekend regarding one of the projected No. 1 seeds.

The state of Michigan's health department has shut down the entire athletic department at the University of Michigan for a period of two weeks due to COVID-19 issues. The earliest Michigan can resume athletic activities on Feb. 7.

Bracketology top seeds

SeedHinkle 1Hinkle 2Bankers Life 1Bankers Life 2
No. 1
Gonzaga Baylor Michigan Villanova
No. 2
Missouri Iowa Houston Texas

Some teams running out of games

Vermont has also shut down its athletic department for two weeks and its women's basketball program will not resume play this season. Other sports at Vermont can resume athletic activities on Feb. 4.

Back in November, the NCAA instituted a 13-game minimum to be considered for the NCAA Tournament. One conference tournament game can count toward that minimum, assuming conference tournaments get played.

The team most in peril with this requirement is New Mexico State, which has only been able to play one game against a D-I opponent and only has 12 more scheduled prior to the WAC tournament. The WAC has been choosing to cancel games affected by COVID instead of postponing them, which could make the task of getting to 13 harder for the Aggies.

No other team has played fewer than four games.

Historic thresholds may not be reached

Conferences that are postponing games have a lot of rescheduling work to do in a short period of time. There are currently 223 games awaiting rescheduling, assuming no more were postponed in the time it took me to type this column.

The shorter schedules for everyone could see one of the historic minimum criteria for selection to the tournament set aside for this season. Only one team has received at at-large bid to the tournament since 1994 with an overall record of less than four games above .500. We may see a few sneak in this season though because of a lack of non-conference games.

Monday's bracket has three such teams, and it should not surprise you that two come from the Big Ten, which is the strongest conference top to bottom. Seton Hall (9-6), Rutgers (8-6), Indiana (9-7) are in the projected field with records that are fewer than four games above .500.

Indiana is in one of the First Four games, and since the Hoosiers cannot play on their home floor, they are placed at Purdue's Mackey Arena.

Team sheets available

If you are one who likes to see the NCAA's team sheets for each team, there is a new way to do that this season at the NCAA Stats page. There is new formatting and a lot of clickable links and sortable columns. The data on the team sheets that the selection committee is seeing is the same as it has been since the change from the RPI to the NET a few years ago. The public version has a little more data on it that is not criteria, like conference record. There are a few quirky formatting things, but it's a big improvement from what the NCAA was able to share before.

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