Texas Longhorns vs. Lipscomb Bisons, National Invitational Tournament finals game. The great day arrived for the NIT, the day of the finals. The Longhorns passed the test against TCU in the semi-finals, winning in a convincing manner. For now the only dream that the Longhorns have is to win in the finals the tournament. The Bisons are superior to the Longhorns in the numbers of the regular season, but they did not win the A-Sun conference championship. For now Bisons can end a good season winning this tournament.
Lipscomb Bisons: We are not underdogs
The Bisons are not in a dangerous conference, but this season they won the conference in the regular season with fourteen victories and only two defeats. Also the overall record was spectacular with 29-7 in the regular. The four victories in the NIT were against Davidson 89-81, NC Greensboro 86-69, NC State 94-93 and in the semis Wichita State 71-64. The most complicated victory was against NC State 94-93 on the road. The first three games were on the road, only the semis in neutral.
This season the Bisons have been powerful scoring with 83.6 points per game, 29.07 FG points, 75% free throw shots, 8.87 three pointers, 17.50 assists. The defense allows up to 69.9 points per game, 24.60 FG points, 74.1% free throw shots, 7.33 three pointers, 11.97 assists.
The ATS record is 19-15-0 in the overall season, but in the NIT the ATS record is perfect with 4-0-0. The last victory in the NIT was against Wichita State and the Bisons were not favorites in the spread with +1.0. The Bisons were underdogs in the four games of the NIT. The last time they were favorites was -6.5 in the defeat for the conference championship.
Texas Longhorns: We work hard for this
The Longhorns finished in the sixth place in the Big 12 conference, but that never stopped them to close the season with good numbers. In the NIT the first two victories were difficult against South Dakota State 79-73 and Xaviers 78-76 OT. In the semis the victory was easy against TCU 58-44. For this game the Longhorns are not favorites but the record against the Bisons is 2-0, the last victory was in the 2017 at home 80-57. But the Bisons were a totally different team at that time.
The average of the Longhorns has been regular with 70.8 points per game, 25.30 FG points, 71.0% free throw shots, 8.67 three pointers, 12.93 assists. The defense is not the best but they allow only 66.4 points per game, 23.90 FG points, 69% free throw shots and 7.50 three pointers. The average number of points allowed in the NIT is 69.5 points per game.
The ATS record 17-19-0 overall, 2-2-0 at the NIT. Against TCU the Longhorns were underdogs +1.0 and won by 15 points in the spread. The other victory was against Colorado being favorites -5.0 points. The average points in the spread is -4.0 this season.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Texas Longhorns vs. Lipscomb Bisons 04/04/2019 is: take the Lipscomb Bisons +1.5 (Point Spread).
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