Texas (2-0) vs. Indiana (2-0)
This is the third meeting between Texas and Indiana and the first since the 2001-02 season. Both teams have a win in the series as the other games were in multi-team events over the Thanksgiving Holidays as well. Coach Smart met Indiana in the 2014 Round of 32 where the Hoosiers took a 63-61 win to advance to the Sweet 16.
Vs. The Spread
The Texas Longhorns checks in a 6-2 ATS in it’s last eight games while Indiana is 5-1 vs. the line in it’s last six. The Longhorns are 3-8 SU in their last 11 vs. Big Ten competition while the Indiana Hoosiers check in at 4-2 ATS in their last six vs. the Big 12.
|Teams||Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|Texas||+2 (-105)||+115||O 140 (-110)|
|Indiana||-2 (-115)||-135||U 140 (-110)|
Last Time Out
Six Longhorns reached double figures as Texas nipped Davidson, 78-76, in the quarterfinals of the Maui Jim Maui Invitational in Asheville, N.C. Guard Courtney Ramey made the game winning basket with 20 seconds remaining as he is a stalwart in the backcourt. Texas displayed an efficient offense where the Longhorns scored 36 times on 62 possessions and shot 48.2 percent for the game.
Race Thompson paced Indiana with 22 points as the Hoosiers downed Providence to set up this afternoon’s matchup with Texas. Indiana’s defense was the story as it limited Providence to 37.1 percent from the field while scoring 17 points off 13 Friars’ turnovers and netting 17 points on 15 offensive rebounds. Indiana opened a 23-9 lead with 8:29 left in the first half and was never threatened.
Ramey and Matt Coleman, III, comprise a solid and versatile backcourt for Coach Shaka Smart. Coleman had 14 assists and only four turnovers 13.5 minutes per game in the first two games. Freshman sensation Greg Brown and Jericho Sims provide a solid paint presence where Brown averages 11 points and eight boards in these first two. Texas averages 84.5 points per game in it’s first pair of outings, so it will be interesting to see if the Longhorns can match the athleticism Indiana brings to the table. Texas guard Jason Fabres is still out with a knee injury.
Trayce Jackson-Davis will be a solid matchup in the paint against Brown and Sims. Jackson-Davis may prove to be a little more athletic while Brown and Sims may provide more power. Aljami Durham has 73 career starts and maintains the point for Miller as he has shot 57 percent from the floor over his first two games. An X-factor for the Hoosiers is Trey Galloway, who comes over the bench and averages 8.5 points per game in 21.5 minutes.
Winner: Hoosiers (-2) 79, Longhorns 76
Over-Under: Take OVER 140