The Buffs pounded Norfolk State in the second round of the NIT 76-60 and now have to head down to Austin to take on the Horns on their home floor. The Longhorns do have some solid young talent and Kerwin Roach and Jericho Sims are both playing well. Both teams have good defenses but Texas took a hit with losing 6' 11" Jaxson Hayes in the middle, who is sitting out for NBA draft.
I think the Buffs match up well in this game and McKinley Wright will slow roach Roach. I don't see Texas being as much of a threat on the wings as we saw in the Dayton and Washington games. As far as playing in Austin goes, those fans dont really care about the NIT, so they wont have much of a home court advantage. Texas the fresher team here as CU having only one day to rest and travel. All things considered I think Colorado is the better team.
I think Shaka is a great postseason coach even if it is just the NIT. Old foes from the Big 12 however this is easily one of Colorado's more difficult matchups of the season when you look at how weak the Pac-12 was this season. Hook 'em.
The Colorado Buffaloes are capable of winning this game, and they enter this contest playing extremely well, which includes allowing just 39 percent shooting in their last five games and winning those games by an average of 7.2 points. Texas has held up pretty well in the NIT without Jaxson Hayes in the lineup but Colorado has size with Tyler Bey and Lucas Siewert and I think that proposes problems for the Horns in the paint. This game could go either way IMO, I like the points.
Even with Roach back I still like the Buffalos in this game. The Longhorns have struggled against the spread, losing their last five games and their last four games following an ATS loss. The Buffaloes have played well against the spread, winning their last four games against Big 12 opponents and 10 of their last 12 games against teams with winning records. I believe the Buffs are a better team overall and better coached and it should show in this matchup.