Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (7-3; 3-3 ATS; 2-4 O/U) vs. Texas Longhorns (6-3; 1-4 ATS; 2-3 O/U)
The Texas Longhorns will look to get back into the win column when they host the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs in non-conference action Saturday afternoon from the Frank Erwin Special Events Center. The Bulldogs were toppled 75-71 by UL Lafayette in their previous contest, and the Longhorns were defeated 59-52 by Michigan on Tuesday night. This marks the first meeting between these two teams since 2010 in a game the Longhorns won by an 89-58 score.
Bulldogs Defense Falters in Loss to UL Lafayette
The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs only scored 25 points in the first quarter in their 75-71 home loss to UL Lafayette on Tuesday night. The Bulldogs did shot a stellar 50% from the field however UL Lafayette also posted a 50% mark. Bulldogs’ leading scorer Jalen Harris played well in the defeat, collecting 19 points on 6 for 10 shooting. The sophomore guard is playing well, scoring a combined 41 points in his last two games, and is now averaging 16.4 points on 49.5% shooting. DaQuan Bracey notched 14 points and six assists in Tuesday’s loss. The sophomore guard is a solid 49% shooter, and sits second in team scoring with an average of 14.3 points along with a team-best five assists per game.
The Bulldogs have gone 2-2 in their last four games after opening the year with five consecutive victories. They almost defeated a strong Alabama team in a 77-74 road loss earlier this season, and also lost to Stephen F. Austin on their home court. Louisiana Tech is currently ranked at 108th in the Country in Ken Pomeroy’s College Basketball Rankings. They are a strong offensive team, averaging 84.4 points per game, ranking them 35th overall. The Bulldogs are conceding an average of 70.3 points, placing them 143rd overall.
Longhorns Go Cold in Loss to Michigan
The Texas Longhorns struggled to find their offense without leading score Andrew Jones in a 59-52 home loss to Michigan earlier this week. Jones, who is averaging over 15 points, is out until after Christmas with a fractured wrist. The Longhorns shot a poor 36.5% in the loss to Michigan and were out-rebounded 40-31. Dylan Osetkowski played well in the loss, sinking 17 points on a 6 for 11 effort from the field. The junior forward has scored at least 17 points in three consecutive games, and is second in team scoring with 14.3 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. Mohamed Bamba collected his second straight double-double in the loss, netting 10 points along with ten rebounds. The 6-foot-11 freshman forward is off to a terrific start, posting 10.6 points and 10.1 rebounds per game.
The Longhorns are now 2-3 in their last five games after starting the season with a 4-0 record. Texas is a strong defensive team and they have been inconsistent from an offensive point of view. They are ranked at 31st overall in Ken Pomeroy’s College Basketball Rankings. The Longhorns are averaging 75.3 points per game, ranking them 180th overall. They are holding opponents to 63.2 points, good for 31st in the Country.
The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs are:
- 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following an ATS loss.
- 18-8 ATS in their last 26 road games following three or more consecutive home games.
The Texas Longhorns are:
- 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games.
- 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
- 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600.
I am taking the points with Louisiana Tech in this matchup. The Longhorns are playing without leading scorer Andrew Jones, and it could be tough for them to cover this larger spread in his absence. Furthermore, Louisiana Tech features solid scoring punch with three players averaging at least 14 points per game, plus they almost defeated a strong Alabama team on the road this season, and overall they are a strong enough team to keep this one close.