Last Updated: 2019-04-04
The NIT matchup between the Texas Longhorns (20-16) and the Lipscomb Bisons (29-7) will be played at Madison Square Garden. The game’s Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 145.5 points with Texas opening as a 1.5-point favorite. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, April 4, 2019, and it can be seen on ESPN.
Lipscomb Bisons vs. Texas Longhorns ATS Preview
The last time the Bisons played, they were victorious over the Wichita State Shockers, 71-64. Garrison Mathews was the top scorer from either team with 34 points on 9-for-22 shooting. The Bisons knocked down 16 of their 19 free throws (84.2 percent) and held the Shockers to an effective field goal percentage of 0.390 (below their season average of 0.471). The two teams combined to put up 135 points, which came in well under the O/U total of 150.
The Longhorns will look to keep it rolling after easily covering the 1-point spread against the TCU Horned Frogs in their last outing, 58-44. Texas was lifted by Kerwin Roach II, who was the game’s leading scorer with 22 points on 9-for-14 shooting. Texas played a nearly flawless game. They had an effective field goal percentage of 0.472 (below their season average of 0.508) and a free throw rate of 0.130 (matching their season average). TCU was 0.317 and 0.100, respectively, for those same stats. Combined, the two clubs scored 102 points, which came in well under the O/U total of 136.
Of Lipscomb’s 33 games with betting action, 16 have finished over the O/U total, while 22 of Texas’ 36 games have finished under the projected point total. Looking at straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) records, the Bisons have a clear advantage. They are 29-7 SU and 19-14 ATS, while the Longhorns are 20-16 SU and 17-19 ATS.
Texas might struggle to find the bottom of the net as they go head-to-head against one of the country’s best defenses. Lipscomb ranks 11th in defensive efficiency while the Longhorns rank 138th in offensive efficiency. It will also be a matchup of conflicting paces as the quick-paced Bisons rank 18th in possessions per game, while the more half-court oriented Longhorns rank 298th.
Lipscomb vs. Texas Prediction
Free College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Lipscomb, ATS Winner – Lipscomb, O/U – Over
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The Longhorns rank 67th in blocks per game (4.1) while the Bisons rank 191st in blocks allowed per game (3.8).
Lipscomb ranks 76th in rebounds per game (37.3) while Texas ranks 165th in rebounds allowed per game (35.1).
Lipscomb ranks seventh in assists per game (17.6) while Texas ranks 185th (12.9).
The Longhorns average 24.9 three pointers per game, which ranks 74th in the nation. The Bisons rank 205th in three pointers allowed per game (23.3).
Texas ranks 31st in steals allowed per game (5.1) while Lipscomb ranks 160th (6.4).
Texas is 2-3 ATS with 4 unders and 1 over in its last five games.
Across its last five outings, Lipscomb is 4-1 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders.
The Longhorns’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 5.4, up from 4.3 for the season.
During their last five games, the Bisons have scored an average of 81.6 points per game (2.0 below their season average) and allowed an average of 76.2 points per game (6.3 above their season average).