NCAA Tournament First Round: (3) Texas (19-7) vs (14) Abilene Christian (23-4) prediction and college basketball game preview.
Texas vs Abilene Christian Broadcast
Date: Saturday, March 20
Game Time: 9:50 pm ET
Venue: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN
Texas vs Abilene Christian Game Preview
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Why Abilene Christian Will Win
Size. The Wildcats have it in 7-0 Kolton Kohl and 6-8 Joe Pleasant who suck up rebounds and create a solid inside presence that’s going to be a problem.
On a great run of 12 wins in the last 13 games, Abilene Christian is red hot with a good passing offense, one of the nation’s toughest scoring defenses, and with an aggressive group of attacking guards that take the ball away over and over again.
The Wildcats lead the nation in turnover margin, they get to the free throw line a ton, and they’ll be able to handle themselves just fine on the boards, but …
Why Texas Will Win
Texas leads the Big 12 in rebounds per game and won’t have too much of a worry against the Abilene Christian size.
On a roll, the Longhorns won five straight games to close out the regular season, including the Big 12 Tournament championship. They’re doing it by being red hot from the field, fantastic on the free throw line, and again, on the boards.
Abilene Christian might have a whole lot of positives, but it for all the steals and the attacking style, there’s a whole lot of hacking going on. There aren’t enough defensive rebounds, either – expect at least ten Texas offensive boards and a slew of second chance points.
What’s Going To Happen
Texas will keep the momentum going.
The Longhorns will be bothered a bit by the Abilene Christian defense, but the scoring will come from several parts, the defense will be aggressive, too, and the rebounds will matter.
The Wildcats lost to Texas Tech 51-44 when it was beaten on the boards and struggled from the field. They lost to Arkansas by 13 when they were beaten baldly on the boards and couldn’t hit from three.
Texas will win big on the boards and will stop the Wildcats from three.
Texas vs Abilene Christian Prediction, Line
Texas 78, Abilene Christian 67
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