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Texas vs. Colorado - 3/27/19 NIT Tournament College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Colorado vs. Texas
Date & Time Wednesday March 27, 2019, 9:00 PM (EDT)
Location
Frank Erwin Center
Austin, Texas
The Line
The Line: Texas -5.5 -- Over/Under: 139
TV Channel
ESPN2
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Stephen Spillman-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Buffaloes and Texas Longhorns meet Wednesday in the quarterfinals of the college basketball NIT Tournament at the Frank Erwin Center.

The Colorado Buffaloes look for another victory after beating Dayton and Norfolk State in the first two rounds. The Colorado Buffaloes are averaging 74.1 points on 45.7 percent shooting and allowing 67.5 points on 42.5 percent shooting. Tyler Bey is averaging 13.4 points and 9.8 rebounds while McKinley Wright IV is averaging 13.1 points and 4.8 assists. Shane Gatling is the third double-digit scorer and D'Shawn Schwartz is grabbing 3.8 rebounds. The Colorado Buffaloes are shooting 32.6 percent from beyond the arc and 75.1 percent from the free throw line. The Colorado Buffaloes are allowing 31.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.2 rebounds per game. The Colorado Buffaloes have split their last six road games.

The Texas Longhorns look for another victory after beating South Dakota State and Xavier in the first two rounds. The Texas Longhorns are averaging 71.2 points on 43.3 percent shooting and allowing 67.4 points on 43.1 percent shooting. Kerwin Roach II is averaging 14.8 points and 3.1 assists while Dylan Osetkowski is averaging 10.7 points and 7.1 rebounds. Jaxson Hayes is the third double-digit scorer and Matt Coleman III is grabbing 2.2 rebounds. The Texas Longhorns are shooting 34.7 percent from beyond the arc and 70.2 percent from the free throw line. The Texas Longhorns are allowing 36.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.7 rebounds per game. The Texas Longhorns have won six of their last eight home games.

The Buffaloes are 15-36-1 ATS in their last 52 road games, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. Big 12 and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Longhorns are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS loss and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Buffaloes are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Texas and 6-0 ATS in the last 6 meetings. The under is 4-1 in Longhorns last 5 overall. The under is 21-8 in Buffaloes last 29 overall.

The Colorado Buffaloes are capable of winning this game, and they enter this contest playing extremely well, which includes allowing just 39 percent shooting in their last five games and winning those games by an average of 7.2 points. The problem with Colorado is it struggles both SU and ATS on the road where it shoots just 42.7 percent from the field. The Colorado Buffaloes have failed to cover 12 of their last 16 road games, and while trends shouldn't be the end all be all in sports betting, that's not a team I'm trying to get behind. The Texas Longhorns win games at home this season by an average of 7.2 points. I have to eat the chalk if betting this contest between two former Big 12 rivals. 

Pick:
Texas -5.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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