Texas vs. Nevada Pick
How will No. 7 Nevada handle being an underdog in its NCAA Tournament game with No. 10 Texas today at 4:30PM ET?
Friday, March 16, 2018
Location: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee
TV: TBS, 4:30PM ET
Who Oddsmakers Like: Texas. According to oddsmakers at YouWager, the Longhorns are actually the slight favorite in this one, as Texas is getting odds of -1.5 points against Nevada. The spread opened with Nevada as a 1.5-point favorite, but quickly flipped over to Texas. The over/under total sits at 143.5 points after it opened at 144 points.
Who Public Bettors Like: Texas. The Longhorns are getting 57 percent of the wagers for this game as the slight favorite against Nevada.
Injury Report: Nevada’s Kendall Stephens is dealing with an ankle injury that has him listed as probable to play. Stephens is averaging 13.2 points per game for the Wolf Pack. Texas lost Andrew Jones (13.5 ppg) early in the season due to an illness and Eric Davis Jr. remains out for disciplinary reasons. Davis was averaging 8.8 points per game for Texas.
Who We Like: This is an interesting matchup as Nevada is an offense-based team and Texas relies on its defense. The Wolf Pack haven’t had a problem scoring away from home, averaging 83 points per game. Texas averages just 65.7 per game away from home. While the Longhorns can pose problems on defense, I think they may be in over their head against this Nevada offense. The Wolf Pack have an added chip on their should for being an underdog despite being the better seed. I think their shooting will do enough to get them past Texas today.
NCAA TOURNAMENT PREDICTIONS: NEVADA +1.5