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Nevada vs. Texas - 3/16/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Texas Longhorns (19-14) at Nevada Wolf Pack (27-7)

College Basketball: Friday, March 16, 2018 at 4:30 pm (Bridgestone Arena)

The Line: Nevada Wolf Pack -1 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: TBS

Coming up on Friday in NCAA Tournament college basketball action form the South Region, the Nevada Wolf Pack and the Texas Longhorns will be matching up. 

Texas comes in here with a 19-14 record overall. The Longhorns have lost two of their last four games, including last Thursday’s defeat by Texas Tech. In that one, Texas guard Jacob Young put up 29 points. 

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Nevada vs. Texas - 3/16/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Tops in scoring for the Longhorns this year is Dylan Osetkowski with 13.6 PPG and 7.1 RPG. Also in double-figures for Texas are Mohamed Bamba (12.9 PPG: 10.4 RPG) and Kerwin Roach (11.9 PPG). 

Over on the Nevada side, they’re sitting at 27-7 on the year. The Wolf Pack has two losses in their last three games, both to San Diego State. In last Friday’s defeat, Nevada guard Jordan Carolina put up 25 points. 

Nevada’s leading scorer this year is Caleb Martin with 19.1 PPG and 5.3 RPG. Also in the Wolf Pack double-digit club are Caroline (17.9 PPG; 8.8 RPG), Cody Martin (13.6 PPG) and Kendall Stephens (13.2 PPG). 

Texas is 8-3 ATS in their last 11 following a straight-up loss and 0-8 ATS in their last eight NCAA Tournament games. The Longhorns are also 0-4 ATS in their last four versus the Mountain West and the under is 4-1-1 in their last six non-conference games. 

Meanwhile, the Wolf Pack are 4-1-1 ATS in their last six Friday games and 20-7-2 ATS in their last 29 following an ATS loss. Nevada is also 1-4-1 ATS in their last six overall and 1-4-1 ATS in their last six neutral-site games. 

Texas lacks the luster of a lot of other teams in this tournament, as their wins lately haven’t been all that impressive and their losses have been ugly. The fact remains that the Longhorns have taken care of ranked teams on several occasions this year though, so they deserve their spot. I’m leaning toward Nevada here, though, as they’ve got a pretty impressive offense.

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