March Madness betting players should know that the No.7 seed has beaten the No.10 seed in 62% of first-round games since 1985, but that doesn’t make it much easier to pick a winner as there usually isn’t much between these two seeds. An example of this is Thursday’s matchup in the East region, where No.7 Texas will tip off against No.10 Minnesota as a 4-point favorite in your offshore sportsbook.
Texas vs Minnesota odds – Thursday, March 19, 7:10 PM ET
The Longhorns went to the Big 12 semifinals, and they’re a well-balanced team that can causes problems for some of the higher-seeded teams. Senior guard A.J. Abrams leads an attack that was 96th in points scored, but the inside play of junior forward Damion James is a crucial part of the Texas offense. Senior center Connor Atchley and junior counterpart Dexter Pittman anchor a defense that was 12th in blocks, and the Longhorns were also 49th in opposition field-goal percentage.
The Golden Gophers are back in the Tournament for the first time since 2005, and coach Tubby Smith has injected life back into this program. Minnesota makes life difficult for opponents on the defensive end of the floor, coming in 34th in points allowed and opposition field-goal percentage. Junior guard Lawrence Westbrook is the only Minnesota player to average double-figures in scoring, so it’s a must that the Golden Gophers continue to defend viciously. Junior forward Damian Johnson is the leading shot-blocker on a team that was fourth in the nation in that category.
The March Madness odds for this game has the Longhorns as a 4-point online betting favorite, and those who bet on sports should see a pair of well-coached teams. Smith and Texas counterpart Rick Barnes are two of the top coaches in the country, and they’ll have their teams ready to go. Texas and Minnesota are two great defensive teams, but the Golden Gophers’ lack of a secondary scorer will be their downfall. Bet on Texas to cover their first-round March Madness betting matchup, but not by much.
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