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College Basketball Betting Lines + Best Bets Texas Round 1 NCAA Tournament March Madness

Yeehaw! Today, we’ve got a Round of 64 battle between two Texas teams ready to leave their mark in the big dance. Texas enters the tournament after their first Big 12 men’s basketball championship in school history. In contrast, the Abilene Christian Wildcats won the Southland Conference as defending champions. Here are the college basketball betting lines and best bets for tonight’s action.

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Abilene Christian vs. Texas | College Basketball Betting Lines, Odds & Picks

Abilene Christian vs. Texas Game Info 

No. 14 Abilene Christian Wildcats (23-4, 13-2 Southland) vs. No. 3 Texas Longhorns (19-7, 11-6 Big 12)

Date: Saturday, Mar. 20, 2021
Start Time: 9:50 p.m. EST
Bracket: East Region
Coverage: truTV

The Texas Longhorns, fresh off a surprising win in the Big 12 tournament, certainly have momentum on their side entering the big dance. However, they rank only 23rd at Kenpom, the worst of all three-seeds, and they sit at 21st in the NCAA’s own NET rankings. They field a balanced roster that ranks 20th in adjusted offensive efficiency and 36th in adjusted defensive efficiency.

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On the other side of the court, the Abilene Christian Wildcats rank 85th at Kenpom and 74th in the NET rankings. They have played much better on defense than on offense, as they rank 32nd in adjusted defensive efficiency but only 155th in adjusted offensive efficiency.

Led by a trio of guards, Andrew Jones, Matt Coleman III and Courtney Ramey, the Longhorns play at an average pace (72.1 possessions per game), while the Wildcats play slightly above average (73).

FiveThirtyEight gave Abilene Christian a win probability of 15% entering this year’s tournament, the second-worst such number of all 14-seeds. They led only Morehead State, who fell to the West Virginia Mountaineers by a 17-point margin.

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Abilene Christian vs. Texas Spread College Basketball Betting Lines + Best Bets

College Basketball Betting Lines + Best Bets Texas Abilene Christian

The Longhorns are favored for tonight’s action. The game will come down to whether Abilene Christian can limit Texas’ offense enough to keep up, and I suspect that the Longhorns will play well enough defensively to prevent that from happening.

Should you favor the Longhorns against the spread, you can find then as 8.5-point favorites with the best juice at PointsBet. Should you favor the Wildcats instead, you can buy them as 9-poin5 underdogs at BetMGM, although you’ll find better juice if you burn a half-point and head to SugarHouse, PointsBet or DraftKings Sportsbook (-108).

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Abilene Christian vs. Texas Total College Basketball Betting Lines + Best Bets

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The Wildcats and Longhorns are projected to combine for a solid number of points. However, given the fact that both teams rank in the top-40 for defensive efficiency, a low-scoring game could be in the cards.

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Should you favor the under, head to DraftKings Sportsbook for the highest-set total. You can also burn a half-point for better juice at SugarHouse (-107). If you favor the over, head to PointsBet for the lowest-set total with solid juice (-108).

Again, these lines can move, and OddsShopper will have the most recent betting lines for you to evaluate.


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