NCAA Tournament: Texas vs. Nevada fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Friday, March 16
Game Time: 4:30 ET
Venue: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, TN
All You Really Need To Know About Nevada (27-7)
(Mountain West), RPI: 17. 7-seed
Other than dealing with San Diego State, the Wolf Pack had a dominant season. They thumped the Aztecs earlier in the season, but last in the regular season finale and got wiped out by them in the MW Tournament. Caleb Martin leads a high-scoring team that can bomb teams out of the gym, forgetting about what happened in the conference tourney.
Very, very sharp, they don’t turn the ball over, they’re among the best teams in the nation from three, and they’re fantastic at moving around the passes for easy baskets. Explosive, they beat teams by an average of over 11 points per game.
All You Really Need To Know About Texas (19-14)
(Big 12), RPI: 53. 10-seed
It wasn’t quite the consistent turnaround season from a disastrous 2016 run, but it was still good enough to get into the tournament. The Longhorns have a balanced attack with four players in double digits and two others who are close. But they get the job done with their defense.
Shaka Smart’s crew is fantastic at defending from behind the arc, the best in the Big 12 in blocked shots, and active enough to keep teams to just 42% from the field. They can’t hit free throws and don’t move the ball around around, but they’ll clamp down.
What’s Going To Happen
This isn’t the team Texas will want to face.
The Wolf Pack are too good defensively, and they move the ball around well enough to get by the stifling Longhorn D. Nevada can force a ton of takeaways, too, and they’ll keep Texas from doing anything consistently well.
Nevada can pass, Texas can’t. Nevada can hit from three, Texas can’t. Nevada is amazing at hitting free throws, and Texas isn’t.
The Pack are a bit underseeded, and they’re about to show why.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Nevada 75, Texas 69
Line: Nevada -1, o/u: 143.5
ATS Confidence: 3.5
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