The second game of the day in Nashville starting at around 4:30 EDT will be No.7 Nevada, who was the Mountain West Conference regular season champion, taking on 10th-seeded Texas from the Big 12.
Nobody knows for sure, but Nevada might have been a sixth-seed, but by losing twice the San Diego State this month, that did not help their cause even if the Aztecs earned the automatic bid. In spite of only being 5-7 (6-6 ATS) to close the season, Texas got all the brownie-points for playing in arguably the best conference this year and managed to be selected for “full body of work”, which now takes its rightful place in the English language with “alternative facts”.
Oddsmakers thought so highly of the Longhorns coming out of the Big 12, they introduced this confrontation as a Pick and at last look, Nevada is now a one-point when reviewing the college basketball odds. Who moves on to likely play Cincinnati, let’s break it down.
Eric Musselman is a known quantity as an offensive coach, falling back on his NBA experience. His Nevada teams have won 24, 28 and 27(-7) games in his three seasons (15-16-2 ATS in 2017-18) and they run some the best offense in the country in averaging 83.1 points a game. The Wolfpack do not play overly fast in putting up this many points, with 60 attempts a game. But because they are eighth nationally in offensive efficiency and drain almost 40 percent of three-balls, they are an offensive force.