A first-round contest in the 2023 NCAA Tournament has the No. 2 seed Texas Longhorns clashing against the No. 15 seed Colgate Raiders on Thursday. Texas (26-8) won the Big 12 this past regular season, meanwhile, Colgate (26-8) won the Patriot League. The Raiders have made the NCAA Tournament for three straight years but haven’t advanced past the first round. Texas also made the NCAA Tournament for the third consecutive season, and last year, it lost 81-71 in the second round to the Purdue Boilermakers.
This Midwest Region matchup takes place from Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa, and tips off at 7:25 p.m. ET. The Longhorns are 13-point favorites in the latest Colgate vs. Texas odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over/under for total points scored is 150.5. Before locking in any Texas vs. Colgate, picks, be sure to see the college basketball predictions and March Madness betting advice from SportsLine’s proven computer model.
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Now, the model has set its sights on Colgate vs. Texas and just locked in its picks and March Madness predictions. You can visit SportsLine now to see the model’s picks. Here are the college basketball odds and betting lines for Texas vs. Colgate:
- Texas vs. Colgate: Longhorns -13
- Texas vs. Colgate over/under: 150.5 points
- Texas vs. Colgate money line: Longhorns -1000, Raiders +650
- COL: Raiders are 4-0 ATS in their last four games overall
- TEX: Longhorns are 4-0 ATS in their last four games following an ATS win
- Colgate vs. Texas picks: See picks at SportsLine
Why Texas can cover
Senior guard Sir’Jabari Rice provides Texas with an agile and skilled playmaker off the bench. Rice has a smooth jumper from the perimeter, especially in spot-up situations. The Houston native averages 12.6 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game. On Mar. 11 against Kansas, Rice logged 17 points, two rebounds, and three assists.
Sophomore guard Tyrese Hunter is a speedy and explosive downhill scorer. Hunter is shifty with the ball and owns a dynamic play style. The Wisconsin native averages 10.2 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per contest. On Feb. 25 against Baylor, he notched 13 points, four assists, and two steals.
Why Colgate can cover
Senior guard Tucker Richardson is an extremely balanced player. Richardson has great court vision to find the open man while using his ball handling ability to break down the defense. The New Jersey native is leading the squad in scoring (13.9), assists (5.8), and steals (2.1). On Mar. 8 against Lafayette, Richardson racked up a triple-double on 14 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists.
Senior guard Oliver Lynch-Daniels has been a great shooter from the outside for the Raiders. Lynch-Daniels is constantly moving without the ball and thrives as a catch-and-shoot option. The North Carolina native is averaging 12.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, and shoots 50% from downtown. In the Mar. 5 contest against Army, he finished with 21 points and went 4-of-7 from three.
How to make Colgate vs. Texas picks
SportsLine’s model is leaning Over on the point total, projecting the teams to combine for 152 points. The model also says one side hits well over 50% of the time. You can only get the model’s pick at SportsLine.
So who wins Colgate vs. Texas? And which side hits well over 50% of the time? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the spread you need to jump on, all from the model that has crushed its college basketball picks, and find out.