The Colgate Raiders and the Texas Longhorns meet Thursday in NCAA Tournament First Round college basketball action from Wells Fargo Arena. Texas is 26-8 overall on the year. The Longhorns beat Kansas in their final Big 12 Tournament matchup on Saturday. As for Colgate, they’re sitting at 26-8 this season as well. The Raiders took out Lafayette in Patriot League Tournament activity last Wednesday. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
Colgate had a pretty nice regular season, going 23-8 over the course of the year. The Raiders beat Lehigh, Bucknell, Army, Holy Cross, Lafayette and Navy to finish things off, then took out Loyola MD 92-73 and Army 91-74 in the first two games of the conference tourney.
Matched up agains Lafayette last Wednesday, Colgate cruised to a 41-24 advantage by halftime. The Raiders scored another 38 points in the second during a 79-61 win. Tucker Richardson managed a triple-double in the victory with 14 points, 11 assists and 12 rebounds.
Over on the Texas side, they managed a 23-8 run across the regular season. The Longhorns went a sketchy 3-2 over their last five games, beating Oklahoma, Iowa State and Kansas along the way. In the Big 12 Tournament, Texas beat Oklahoma State 61-47 and TCU 66-60 in the first pair.
On Saturday versus Kansas, the Longhorns went into the second half up 39-33. Texas hit a 37-23 stretch fro there and won easily 76-56. Dylan Disu was tops in scoring with 18 points and six rebounds, and both Marcus Carr and Jabari Rice chipped in 17 points.
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I might take a stab on Colgate here. The Raiders didn’t have a ton of trouble in the Patriot League Tournament, scoring 79 or more points in all three games and 91 or more in two of them. Colgate has now hit 73 or more points in eight of their last nine outings. As for Texas, they handled a good Kansas team well in their last outing, shooting 50 percent from the field with a 37-31 rebounding advantage. Texas has scored well lately themselves with 72 or more points in six of their last eight games. That said, if Colgate can find a good offensive rhythm early I think the Raiders can keep a relative pace.