The Texas Longhorns and Colorado State Rams face off in the first round of the 2024 NCAA Basketball Tournament. Texas has been one of the most inconsistent teams in college basketball this year and can beat or lose to anyone on any given night. On the other side, Colorado State has struggled with consistency issues as well but is coming off an emphatic First Four win over Virginia. Who will gain the edge on the other in this Texas vs Colorado State prediction?

Below, we will preview this NCAA Tournament college basketball game, giving a Texas vs Colorado State prediction and other March Madness expert picks. Which school will win and keep their hopes of winning the championship trophy alive?

Texas vs Colorado State Prediction and March Madness Expert Picks

2024 NCAA Tournament
No. 7 Texas Longhorns (20-12) vs. No. 10 Colorado State Rams (25-10)
Date: Thursday, March 21, 2024
Time: 6:50 PM EST
Venue: Spectrum Center — Charlotte, NC
Coverage: TNT

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Texas vs Colorado State March Madness Odds

All college basketball betting odds for Texas vs Colorado State can be found at BetUS Sportsbook.

Moneyline: TEX: (-147) | CSU: (+122)
Point Spread: TEX: -2.5 (-111) | CSU: +2.5 (-109)
Total: 144.5 — Over: (-107) | Under: (-110)

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Texas27118.4 (19)100.2 (62)67.1 (198)
Colorado State30115.7 (40)97.7 (30)65.9 (267)

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  • Texas is 11-3 in non-conference college basketball games this season. 
  • Colorado State is 15-2 in non-conference college basketball games this season. 
  • The OVER is 20-12 in Texas basketball games this season. 
  • The UNDER is 19-13 in Colorado State basketball games this season. 
  • Texas is 4-2 in NCAA Tournament games since 2022. 
  • Colorado State is 2-2 in NCAA Tournament games since 2013.

Texas vs Colorado State Prediction | March Madness Expert Picks

The biggest question in this game is what Texas basketball team shows up. The Longhorns have struggled to show up two games in a row. They’ve beat Baylor and played a lot of good teams close, but they’re also coming off a loss to Kansas State in their first game of the Big 12 Tournament. The Longhorns have the ability to heat up at any time, especially with the services of March Madness legend Max Abmas who has not only already eclipsed over 3,000 career collegiate points, but was also a massive part in Oral Roberts getting to the Sweet 16 and within three points of the Elite Eight in 2021.

Colorado State is coming off of a resounding victory over Virginia in the First Four on Tuesday 67-42. Although Virginia’s offense has been lackluster all season, it still says a lot that the Rams were able to hold the Cavaliers to just 25% shooting from the field and 18% from deep. The Rams aren’t just all defense though as they also have four players that average double figures, led by guard Isaiah Stevens and forward Joel Scott. The pair averaged 29 points per game during the season and combined for 28 against Virginia thanks to 23 points from Scott.

The metrics for this game point to Colorado State, which is the more well-rounded team. With that being said, Texas has a much more experienced team, has faced a much tougher schedule, and is 9-2 this season coming off of a loss. It’ll be close, but we’ll give the nod to the team that should have plenty of confidence and nothing to lose. For our Texas vs Colorado State prediction, we are picking the Colorado State Rams to win and move on in the NCAA Tournament.

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