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Colorado’s gaming commission solidified the rules for sports betting licensure Thursday, setting the stage for the first group of applicants to be approved next month. The Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission plans to grant up to 33 total licenses for physical and online sportsbooks.
So far, more than 50 license applications have been received since November, according to director of the Department of Revenue’s Gaming Enforcement Division, Dan Hartman. While licensing is expected to be approved in February, the law to legalize sports betting in Colorado won’t take effect until May 1.
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Texas (+8.5) vs #12 West Virginia – 7:00 PM
The Texas Longhorns (12-5) head to Morgantown to take on the West Virginia Mountaineers (14-3). The Longhorns ended their two-game winning streak with a nine-point loss to Kansas. West Virginia is also coming off of a loss, ending their three-game winning streak when they fell to Kansas State 84-68.
Texas is a defense-first team that has had some scoring issues this season. The Longhorns are just 296th in points scored per game but a big reason that number is so low is due to their slow-paced play that has them near the bottom of the country in possessions per game. Texas has had issues capitalizing on their limited scoring opportunities, shooting just 43.8% from the field (172nd) and 33.8% from three (153rd). Even worse, Texas is 327th in the country in FT% (63.9%). The Longhorns are 25th in the country in points allowed per game (61.2).
West Virginia is a similar team to Texas. They are much better defensively as their offensive numbers are nothing special. The Mountaineers play at a much fast pace than Texas (Top 70 in tempo) but are only 169th in points per game with 71.8. The Mountaineers struggle shooting the ball more than Texas does as they are 184th in FG% and 308th in 3PT%. West Virginia is only slightly better from the line than Texas, shooting just 64.4% (319th). West Virginia’s defense has been slightly better as well, allowing just 60.7 points per game (19th). The Mountaineers are in the Top 10 in both opponent FG% and 3PT%.
This game is between two teams that are fairly equal on paper but with Texas preferring a slower tempo. In a defensive-first game like this, it should be a close game. A divisional game between two teams in the top half of their conference, games like this tend to be hard-fought and competitive. The Longhorns are getting a lot of points in this situation considering how equally unimpressive both teams are on offense. Take Texas plus the points as this one should come down to the wire. The formula has West Virginia winning a close one, 63-67.