The No. 2 Texas Longhorns (26-8) take on the No. 15 Colgate Raiders (26-8) in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday, tipping off at 7:25 PM.
Thursday’s game between the Longhorns and the Raiders sees the Longhorns as a double-digit favorite by 13 points. A 150.5-point over/under has been set for the matchup.
Texas vs. Colgate Odds
Point Spread for Texas vs. Colgate
The spread for this matchup is set at 13 points, with sportsbooks listing Texas as the favorite.
Texas vs. Colgate Moneyline
As for the moneyline, Texas has -1058 odds to pick up the win, while Colgate is listed at +679 to claim victory.
Finally, the total for the game is set at 150.5 points.
Game Time and How to Watch
- Game Day: Thursday, March 16, 2023
- Game Time: 7:25 PM ET
- TV Channel: TBS
- Location: Des Moines, Iowa
- Arena: Wells Fargo Arena
Texas vs. Colgate Betting Trends
Against the spread, Texas is 17-17-0 this season. The Longhorns have come away with 21 wins in the 24 contests they have been listed as the favorites in this season. Texas’ games this year have gone over the point total 48.5% of the time (16 out of 33 games with a set point total).
Colgate is 17-16-0 against the spread this season. The Raiders have been listed as the moneyline underdog just two other times so far this season, and they split the games. Colgate has eclipsed the over/under 60.6% of the time this season (20 of 33 games with a set point total).
Texas vs. Colgate Key Players to Watch
Timmy Allen leads the Longhorns at 5.5 rebounds per game, while also posting 3.5 assists and 10.5 points. Jabari Rice averages 12.6 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists per contest, shooting 45.5% from the floor and 34.9% from downtown with 1.5 made 3-pointers per contest. Tyrese Hunter puts up 10.2 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.5 assists per contest, shooting 38.6% from the field and 33.8% from downtown with 1.5 made 3-pointers per contest.
Keegan Records is posting a team-best 6 rebounds per game. And he is producing 13 points and 1.4 assists, making 67.5% of his shots from the field (eighth in the nation). Braeden Smith is posting 11.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and 4.5 assists per contest, making 48.6% of his shots from the field and 37.5% from 3-point range, with 1.1 triples per game. The Raiders receive 10.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game from Ryan Moffatt.
What you need to know about the Texas Longhorns
The Longhorns are putting up 77.8 points per game (42nd-ranked in college basketball) this year, while giving up 67.4 points per contest (97th-ranked). With 31.8 boards per game, Texas ranks 180th in college basketball. It surrenders 31.2 rebounds per contest, which ranks 187th in college basketball.
So far this season, Texas is sinking 7.1 threes per game (212th-ranked in college basketball) and is shooting 33.8% (199th-ranked) from downtown. The Longhorns are 81st in the country with 6.5 treys allowed per game this season. Meanwhile, they rank 109th with a 32.7% shooting percentage allowed from downtown.
The Longhorns are 7-3 against the spread and 7-3 overall over their last 10 contests. Texas has gone over the total in three of its last 10 contests. Texas has been putting up 74 points per game in its last 10 times on the court, an average that’s slightly lower than the 77.8 it has scored over the course of the 2022-23 season. Texas has been tougher on the defensive side of the ball lately, giving up 64.9 points per game over its last 10 contests compared to the 67.4 points per game its opponents average over the 2022-23 season.
What you need to know about the Colgate Raiders
In 2022-23, the Raiders are 31st in the country offensively (78.6 points scored per game) and 143rd on defense (69 points allowed). In 2022-23, Colgate is 228th in the nation in rebounds (31.1 per game) and 64th in rebounds allowed (29.2).
In 2022-23 Colgate is 74th in college basketball in 3-point makes (8.3 per game) and best in 3-point percentage (40.8%). The Raiders are 229th in college basketball in 3-pointers allowed (7.6 per game) and 271st in 3-point percentage defensively (35.2%).
The Raiders have gone 9-1 over their last 10 contests, with a 7-3 record against the spread during that span. Colgate has hit the over in six of its past 10 contests. Colgate has fared better offensively over its previous 10 games, putting up 80.5 points per contest, 1.9 more than its season average of 78.6. Over their last 10 games, the Raiders are ceding 66.6 points per game, 2.4 fewer points than their season average (69).
Texas vs. Colgate Prediction & Pick
Our prediction to win this contest is Texas, and we project that Texas will cover the spread (Texas -13). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going under the posted total of 150.5 points.
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