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They say everything is larger in Texas, and that would appear to use to blown leads, too. No. 12 Texas gave up a 19- point second-half lead at home in a stunning collapse on Saturday, falling 84-82 to No. 13 West Virginia.

The Longhorns’ meltdown was stimulated a minimum of in part by internal strife after Texas stars Courtney Ramey and Andrew Jones, the leading scorers, entered a skirmish throughout the game. The 2 entered a tense spoken exchange with 15: 52 remaining in the game and had to be separated. Texas was outscored 34-18 from there.

Ramey scored a career-high 28 points in spite of the feud, 15 of which can be found in the 2nd half. Jones scored nine points on 16 shots. However it was clear pre-feud and post-feud that Texas was a different team. It totally fell apart at the joints down the stretch and looked completely out of sorts as West Virginia installed a go to take advantage of it.

The Mountaineers, a No. 3 seed in Jerry Palm’s newest Bracketology, outscored Texas 41-29 in the 2nd half behind an attack of shots from sharpshooting Sean McNeil. McNeil, a junior whose calling card this season has been as one of the most combustible shooters in the video game, was held scoreless in the very first half before gathering 16 in the last 20 minutes.

And so continues the troubles for Texas, a No. 4 seed in Bracketology After its 10- day COVID hiatus last month, it is now 2-4 in league play. It has been plenty close to flipping that script– outside a 14 point loss to No. 2 Baylor its other 3 wins are by a combined 11 points– yet it continues to flub opportunities to build off its strong early-season resume.

For West Virginia, though, it’s a little revenge after falling to Texas in the last meeting on a last-second shot from the Horns. Texas had a shot at the buzzer to send it to OT however Jericho Sims’ shot at the rim failed and a possible foul was deemed a play-on.

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