While Thursday’s college basketball odds board doesn’t showcase a jam-packed slate, it includes a top-10 matchup in Austin, Texas. Let’s hit on my college basketball best bets for the No. 7 Creighton Bluejays at the No. 2 Texas Longhorns.
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Longhorns’ Mismatches — At Both Ends
Betting a top-10 program as an underdog always seems to be a layup. But that doesn’t mean you should go that route.
For starters, Chris Beard runs a no-middle defense, taking away driving lanes and cutting opportunities. It does allow for some open perimeter looks, and the Bluejays boast a 38.2% clip from distance. However, their offense also utilizes pick-and-rolls sets at the sixth-highest rate in the country (per ShotQuality).
Anticipate the Longhorns’ top-rated defensive unit to trap instantaneously, forcing indecisive passes and their fair share of takeaways. Creighton has cleaned up its miscues a bit from last season, as sophomore point guard Ryan Nembhard is operating at a more efficient pace. However, Greg McDermott’s crew still wound up with a combined 30 turnovers against Arkansas and Texas Tech’s ball pressure in the Maui Invitational.
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On the other side of the court, Texas employs a motion offense. These sets incorporate a high percentage of cuts, which the Bluejays aren’t proficient at hindering.
They’re failing to contest catch-and-shoot 3-pointers, too. Granted, the Longhorns are shooting just 30.2% from behind the arc. Nevertheless, Marcus Carr, Tyrese Hunter & Co. are most efficient in those situations.
Contrary to Beard’s habitual philosophy, the Longhorns play uptempo, ranking No. 32 in average possession length (per KenPom). They’ll be positioned to ramp up the pace if their defense exploits McDermott’s floor-spacing attack.
College Basketball Best Bets Conclusion
Monitor our Discord betting channel to see if I add any live bets. I’ll be looking for the Longhorns under two possessions, assuming the game script unfolds like I expect. Good luck with your own college basketball wagers.
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