The Abilene Christian Wildcats are all set to play in just the school’s second appearance in the NCAA tournament. They will face the Big 12 tournament champions Texas Longhorns in what should be an action-packed action based on what both of these teams can do on the court. Check out our preview of this game below.
Betting Preview for the Abilene Christian Wildcats vs Texas Longhorns NCAA College Basketball Game on March 20 2021
Where: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN
When: Saturday, March 20, 2021, 9:50 PM ET
TV Broadcast: truTV
Betting on the Abilene Christian Wildcats (+9)
Record: 18-7 Overall / 13-2 Conference
There’s nothing out there that scares these Wildcats. Joe Golding’s Abilene Christian team will bend but not break against elite competition, as it has already proven in losses to the Texas Tech Red Raiders and the Arkansas Razorbacks. The Wildcats lost to those teams by a combined margin of only 20 points. Abilene Christian managed to dominate the Southland Conference and stick close to those aforementioned major conference teams by mainly deploying its relentless defense that has been a nightmare this season for opposing ball-handlers. In fact, Abilene Christian is No. 1 in the nation in defensive steals percentage (13.1%) and second in forced non-steal turnover percentage (13.6). That smells like trouble for Texas, which is a turnover-prone team that loses possession of the leather 14.2 times per game – 246th in the nation.
Abilene Christian is 4-0 against the spread in its last four games overall.
Betting on the Texas Longhorns (-9)
Record: 19-7 Overall / 11-6 Conference
Texas got hot just in time for March Madness, as Shaka Smart’s Longhorns won five-straight games on their way to copping the Big 12 tournament title. The last time they were on the court, the Longhorns defeated Cade Cunningham and the Oklahoma State Cowboys in the tournament final in the Big 12, 91-86. Texas could use its size in the backcourt to protect the ball from the pesky defense of Abilene Christian. The Longhorns have 6-2 Matt Coleman and 6-3 Courtney Ramey to match up against the Wildcats, who have a starting point guard and shooting guard standing 6-0 and 5-7, respectively. The Longhorns will be dealing with Abilene Christian’s 7-0 center Kolton Kohl but there’s not much size behind him in the Wildcats’ frontcourt unlike Texas which has 6-10 Jeremy Sims and 6-11 Jai Jones sharing duties down low.
Texas is 5-0 against the spread in its last five games.
Abilene Christian upsets Texas, 68-66.
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