#5 Lipscomb Bisons (29-7) vs #2 Texas Longhorns (20-16)
NCAA College Basketball: Thursday April 4th, 2019 at 7:05 PM EDT (Madison Square Garden)
Line and Odds: Texas Longhorns -1.5
FREE NCAABB PICKS #2 Texas Longhorns vs #5 Lipscomb Bisons
Welcome to the NIT Championship Game! Even though these two teams are playing for the Minor League version of the March Madness trophy, they will still feel like college champions. The Lipscomb Bisons finished second in the Atlantic Sun Conference and have had some close wins and upsets to get to this game. Even though the Bisons come from a below average conference, they have been playing like an elite team in the tournament. Meanwhile, the Texas Longhorns had an off year and finished sixth in the tough BIG 12 Conference. They got beat up in conference play and finished with an 8-10 record. Texas has played well in the tourney and the last two wins have been double digit victories. It will be a close game between the Cinderella type Bisons and the well known Longhorns.
The Lipscomb Bisons all-time record in college basketball is 177-179. This is only their second time being in the NIT tournament and besides conference tournament champions in 2018, this team has never had that true championship win. Also, they have just three regular season championship victories. So, you can bet that this team is hungry and ready to bring home an NIT Title. Along the way, the Bisons have knocked off some good basketball programs in Davidson and Wichita State. They have had good defense in a couple games and have scored 86 plus in three of the four games to get to this point. Garrison Matthews has been on fire in the last two games putting up 34 and 44 point performances. The team has shot over 50 percent, made around 10 threes or so, and they are making their free throws. All the recipes for success are there and they will look for the curtain call today.
The Texas Longhorns are use to being in the March Madness dance. Since 2000, the Longhorns have failed to make the tournament just three times. This University always has a competitive spirit in all their athletics and they will be ready to show off their horns. Texas isn’t usually in the NIT tournament and they did win an NIT title back in 1978. They will gladly try to win another one, to make up for this okay season. The Longhorns have beat some okay teams to get to this point. They had a few close games against SD State and Xavier. Then they easily took care of Colorado and another great team in TCU. Texas has shot around the low 40s in field goal percentage, the threes have come and gone, and they can get to the free throw line to get the job done. It’s mostly been their defense that brought them here and runs at the right times. Kerwin Roach has had two games of 20 plus point efforts and he will try to do the same against the Bisons. Texas also needs its bench to pull through because they haven’t done much in the last two games.
NCAABB Scores #5 Lipscomb Bisons vs #2 Texas Longhorns
So, who will win the NIT Championship Game? The Bisons would like to have their first playoff championship in school history and they have been playing like a complete team in the tournament. The Longhorns will gladly take the trophy for a moral victory to a subpar season. Texas will have to earn though because the Bisons have killed it at the three point line and have shown off some great defense. Even though Texas is barely favored, the Bisons will win 78-72.
Pick: Lipscomb Bisons +1.5