The Texas Longhorns were hyped this pre-season as a team that could contend in the National spotlight, and Texas held up to the scrutiny. The Longhorns elevated their game this season to a 2nd-place finish in the Big XII, entering March Madness on a high note. The Colgate Raiders were the class of the Patriot league all season long, rolling to a 17-1 conference record. Colgate pulled away from 6th-seed Lafayette immediately and never looked back. This Championship is Colgates third-consecutive Patriot League title, which hasn’t occurred in 20 years. Do the Longhorns have what it takes to make a run to the Final Four, or will Colgate continue their strong play against superior competition?
Texas Longhorns vs. Colgate Raiders: Betting Odds
|Texas||-14 (-110)||O 144 (-110)||-975|
|Colgate||+14 (-110)||U 144 (-110)||+675|
The Texas Longhorns will go as far as Guard Marcus Carr will carry them. Marcus Carr has made a case for Big XII honors this season with his all-around performance. Carr leads the Longhorns in points, assists, and steals while shooting 44% from the floor and 37% from behind the arc.
Guard Sir’ Jabari Rice makes for an ideal running mate for Carr. Rice has been a consistent player for the Longhorn all season long, averaging 13 points, four rebounds, and two assists per night while shooting 47% from the floor, 38% from the three-point line, and 87% from the free-throw line.
Forward Timmy Allen adds a versatile piece to the Longhorns’ frontcourt. Allen averages 11 points, six rebounds, and four assists per game, shooting 48% from the free-throw line.
Forward Dylan Disu is a contributor on both ends of the court. Disu averages eight points and four rebounds per game while leading Texas in blocked shots.
Guard Tucker Richardson is the engine of the Raiders’ offense. Richardson leads Colgate in points, assists, and steals, shooting 45% from the floor.
Forward Keegan Records, with Richardson, provides Colgate with a stellar 1-2 punch. Records averages 13 points per game while leading the team in rebounds and blocked shots. Records shoots an outrageous 68% from the floor.
Guard Olivier Lynch-Daniels is a contributor in several categories. Lynch Daniels averages 12 points, four rebounds, and two assists per game, shooting 52% from the floor and 50% from three-point range.
Texas Longhorn vs. Colgate Raiders: Match Details
Fixture: Texas Longhorns vs. Colgate Raiders
Date & Time: Thursday, March 16, 7:25 pm ET
Venue: Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, Iowa
Texas Longhorns vs. Colgate Raiders: Prediction
Colgate has won 20 of their last 21 contests and is as hot as any team in the country entering March Madness. Unfortunately, the Raiders haven’t seen anyone as prolific as the Longhorns. Texas controls this one from start to finish. Take the Longhorns and give the points.