Minnesota vs. Texas – March Madness Odds

December 1, 2010 NCAA Basketball

March Madness odds have the #7 seed Texas Longhorns favored over the #10 seed Minnesota Gophers in an East Regional matchup on Thursday.

Both teams come into this March Madness betting matchup with similar numbers. The Gophers finished 22-10 straight up and 12-14-1 against the spread while Texas was 22-11 straight up and 11-18-1 versus the pointspread.

March Madness odds are close on this game as they should be. Minnesota is well coached with Tubby Smith and they play great defense. The advantage that Texas has is A.J. Abrams. He can singlehandedly win games in March Madness betting. The Longhorns will need forward Damion James to hold his own inside if Texas is to cover the March Madness odds. Rick Barnes is a very experienced coach and Texas can be a dangerous team in March Madness odds.

Minnesota can cover this game in March Madness odds or win it outright if they can find a playmaker in the clutch. Seven different players have scored at least 20 points in a game for Minnesota this season but the Gophers don’t have a star. Usually in March Madness betting that is a bad sign since teams need a clutch player. Lawrence Westbrook is their best player but he only averaged 12.4 points per game as March Madness odds numbers indicate. Head coach Tubby Smith knows all about the NCAA Tournament and if the Gophers can handle the pressure they can win in March Madness odds.

March Madness betting stats tell us that Minnesota was 9-9 in the regular season when scoring fewer than 70 points. The Gophers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games. The Gophers covered the spread 8-20 in their last 28 games as an underdog. The Gophers are 3-8 against March Madness odds in their last 11 neutral site games as March Madness odds numbers indicate, and 4-11 ATS in their last 15 games overall. The Gophers are 2-12 ATS in their last 14 vs. the 12.

The Longhorns are 3-9-1 ATS in their last 13 games as a favorite. The Longhorns are 1-4 against the spread in their last 5 vs. the Big Ten. The Longhorns are 1-7 versus the March Madness odds in their last 8 NCAA Tournament games as favorites of less than 7 points.

The under is 5-1 in the Gophers last 6 neutral site games. The under is 23-11 in the Gophers last 34 overall. The under is 4-1 in the Longhorns last 5 neutral site games. The over is 4-1 in the Longhorns last 5 March Madness odds games.

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