Colgate vs Texas Odds, Lines & Predictions for March Madness First Round

Texas Longhorns guard Sir'Jabari Rice while breathing

February 18, 2023; Austin, TX, USA; Texas Longhorns guard Sir’Jabari Rice (10) reacts after scoring a three-point basket in the second half against the Oklahoma Sooners at the Moody Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

  • Texas No. 2 meets No. 15 Colgate in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Thursday, March 16
  • Texas is a 13.5-point favorite over Colgate in a Midwest Region game in Des Moines, Iowa
  • Read the Colgate vs Texas odds and predictions below

No. 5 Texas (26-8, 12-6 Big 12) is a 13.5-point favorite over Colgate in a first-round game in the Midwest Regional of the NCAA tournament Thursday at 7:15 p.m. ET on TBS in Des Moines , Iowa. The Longhorns won the Big 12 tournament.

Colgate (26-8, 17-1 Patriot) has won nine straight games since a 61-60 loss to American on Feb. 4. The Raiders have reached the NCAA tournament for three straight seasons, four considering the 2020 event was canceled.

Colgate vs Texas Odds

team spread money line In total
Colgate Raiders +13.5 (-112) +680 Over 150.5 (-110)
Texas longhorns -13.5 (-108) -1100 Under 150.5 (-110)

Texas is a 13.5-point favorite over Colgate in the first meeting between the two schools. The Longhorns are 17-17 ATS this season, 5-8 in non-conference games and 3-3 at a neutral berth. Colgate is 17-16 ATS this season, 5-7 in the non-conference game. The Raiders are 20-13 against the over while Texas is 16-15-3. At -1100 on the moneyline, the Longhorns have an implied winning probability of 91.7.

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Texas enters with a throw

The Longhorns ended the regular season with a strong stretch that made them look very much like a contender for victory in March Madness. They beat Kansas, the top-seeker of the Big 12 tournament, twice in eight days, first in Austin, who won a share of the regular-season title, and second in Kansas City (Kansas’ home away from home) in the finals of the Big 12 tournament.

Nobody was close – 75-59 at home and 76-56 in KC. Also included in that final run was a win over NCAA Midwest No. 6 Seed TCU.

The Longhorns are so deep and talented that they won their three Big 12 tournament games with 40 total points without a 6’6″, without Timmy Allen (10.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists), who with injured his right lower leg suffered in the regular-season finals against Kansas. Texas didn’t have to look long for a replacement – Big 12 Sixth Man of the Year 6’4″ Sir’Jabari Rice (12.6 points, 51 threes) jumped in with 37 points and 16 rebounds. Rice and Xavier’s Souly Boom, who played in the state of New Mexico last season, are two of the most impactful Portal transfers this year. Harris will be “full tilt” for the Colgate game, interim coach Rodney Terry said.

All-Big 12 guard 6’4″ Marcus Carr (15.9 points, 4.1 assists) is entering a 22-of-75 shooting slump, but athletic 6’9″ forward Dylan Disu is at the helm of his game after being named MOP of the Big 12 tournament. Disu, Harris and forward Christian Bishop are all on the inside, and the opposition shoot just 42 percent from the field. The Longhorns are forcing 16.2 turnovers per game, 16th in Division I.

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Colgate lights it up

Patriot League Coach of the Year Matt Langel Colgate developed one of the most prolific offenses in Division I around conference player of the year and defensive player of the year guard Tucker Richardson. The Raiders are second in Division I in field goal percentage (51.4) and effective field goal percentage (58.3), first in field goal percentage with three points (40, 8) and third in assists (18.6 per game). They average 78.6 points per game.

The 6’5″ Richardson, one of four senior starters, leads the Raiders in points (13.9 per game) and assists (5.8) and is second in rebounds (5.2). He has a variety of quality options. Big Man 6’10” Keenan Records (13.0 points, 6.0 rebounds) leads in rebounding, and freshman guard 6′ Braeden Smith (11.8 points, 4.5 assists) was a discovery at that point. Richardson had a triple-double in the 79-61 win over Lafayette in the league tournament final, and records rolled to the basket for 21 points.

Colgate vs Texas Prediction

As always, the Raiders are in a difficult position here. Her last three NCAA tournament games were against No. 2 Tennessee (2019), No. 3 Arkansas (2021), and No. 3 Wisconsin (2022). They’re 2-1 ATS in those three, losing by seven, 17, and seven points, respectively. Colgate set a program record with 26 wins and has won 20 of his last 21 games. The Longhorns’ defense shone in the Big 12 as they shot Oklahoma State, TCU and Kansas combined 34.9 percent from the field and forced 49 turnovers. Texas is poised to go through last weekend, but look for the smart, experienced Colgate, who’s shooting well enough to keep it close. The points are the game.

  • Choice: Colgate +13.5 (-112)
  • Season CBK: 48-25 ATS

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