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Texas in Tough vs Oakland

Oakland won the Summit League and the Golden Grizzlies plan to win this West Region opener against Texas as well.

Texas is favored by 10 points as the 4 seed against No. 13 Oakland. But the Lansing Michigan school doesn't think 13 will be unlucky the day after St. Patrick's Day..

The Longhorns sport records of 27-7 and a superb 20-8 ATS heading into this battle, while the Grizzlies are 25-9. But Texas has endured lots of March Madness heartache in the past and they are trendy pick to falter here.

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Betting Line:
Bettors looking to side with Texas in this one will find them as 11-point favorites. Get the best underdog line on Oakland at Bovada today.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 1-ranked Longhorns and the No. 105-rated Grizzlies in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 88-84 win for the Longhorns on Friday.

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How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Grizzlies is ranked No. 15 in NCAA hoops at 39 per game. Contrast that with Texas’s No. 6 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Texas is the No. 225-ranked team in the country at 5.7 per game, while Oakland rates No. 18 at 8.2 per game.

Defensively, Oakland features the nation's No. 320-rated defense on the road, allowing 79.1 points per game. Texas, meanwhile, comes in at No. 50 nationally in scoring at home.

Oakland won its last outing, a 90-76 result against Oral Roberts on March 8. They covered in that game as a 5-point favorite.

Texas was an 85-73 loser in their most recent outing against Kansas. They failed to cover the 4.5–point spread as underdogs.

Texas Longhorns Trends:
When playing on Friday are 7-3
After playing Kansas are 8-2
After a loss are 8-2

A few Grizzlies at Longhorns trends to consider:
Texas is 20-5 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Texas's last 16 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Texas's last 6 games