March Madness Betting Preview: #2 Texas Vs. #15 Colgate

  • Texas has -110 odds to cover a -13.5-point spread against Colgate in the Round of 64 in March Madness.
  • Colgate is seeing 86% of bets to cover the spread.
  • There have been 10 #15 seeds to upset a #2 seed in March Madness history.

DES MOINES, Iowa – Although the Texas Longhorns are one of the strongest teams in the country heading into March Madness as a #2 seed, they should be on upset watch in the Round of 64 against the Colgate Raiders despite being a 13.5-point favorite.

#2 Texas Vs. #15 Colgate

  • Moneyline: Texas (-1100) vs. Colgate (+650)
  • Spread: Texas -13.5
  • Total: 150.5

Starting with the way the public is leaning at online sportsbooks, Colgate is taking in some extremely heavy action on the spread with 86% of bets to cover the spread and 87% of the betting handle.

The moneyline though is telling a different story with Texas seeing 99% of total bets coming in.

One major reason that many are backing Colgate’s March Madness odds for keeping things close is that they have five total scorers averaging double figures. Also, since December 30, they’ve won 20 of their last 21 games.

Texas, on the other hand, finished in second place in the Big 12 conference which holds its weight as the conference has been considered the toughest in the country this season.

Eying The Trends

As for how both teams have done against the spread, Colgate has been an underdog just one time this season when they were 13-point underdogs to Auburn and failed to cover the spread losing 93-66.

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Overall, they are 7-2 ATS in their last nine games and are riding a 4-0 streak right now.

Being a double-digit favorite is nothing new to Texas as they’ve been giving a 10+ point spread 10 times this season and have gone 4-6 against them. They’ve been hot though in their last five games going 5-0 ATS.

In their last 10 games, they’ve gone 7-3 S/U with five of those wins covering a -13.5-point spread as well.

It’s also worth noting that in March Madness history, #15 seeds are 10-135 against #2 seeds all time. There’s been an ongoing trend though over the last two March Madness tournaments with at least one #15 seed moving on from the first round.