Texas vs Miami (FL) Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for March 26 NCAA Tournament Game (Expect a High-Flying First Half)

Texas vs Miami (FL) Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for March 26 NCAA Tournament Game (Expect a High-Flying First Half)


Texas vs Miami (FL) Game Info

  • 2022-23 NCAA Tournament Game
  • No. 5 Texas (29-8) vs. No. 16 Miami (FL) (28-7)
  • Date: Sunday, March 26, 2023
  • Time: 5:05 PM ET
  • Venue: T-Mobile Center -- Kansas City, Missouri
  • Coverage: CBS

The 2022-23 NCAA Tournament is in its final stretch as the Elite 8 continues on Sunday, March 26. One of two matchups on the day sees the No. 2 Texas Longhorns facing the No. 5 Miami Hurricanes in the Midwest Region finals.

Four Texas players finished with 16-plus points in the Longhorns' 83-71 win over No. 3 Xavier in the Sweet 16. On the other side, Nijel Pack's game-high 26 points on 8-of-12 shooting helped lift Miami past No. 1 Houston in an 89-75 victory.

Will Texas punch its ticket to the Final Four? Or does Miami have another upset waiting in its back pocket?

Texas vs Miami (FL) Odds & Spread

Texas enters this contest as a slim favorite on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 5:05 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 149.5 points with both sides available at -110 odds.

Texas vs Miami (FL) Betting Trends

  • Texas has covered the spread 20 times in 37 games.
  • Against the spread as 3.5-point favorites or more, the Longhorns are 14-13.
  • Texas has seen 17 of its 37 games hit the over.
  • Miami (FL) has 21 wins in 35 games against the spread this season.
  • The Hurricanes' ATS record as 3.5-point underdogs or more is 6-0.
  • This season, 16 of Miami (FL)'s 35 games have hit the over.
Texas Rank Texas AVG Miami (FL) AVG Miami (FL) Rank
38th 77.9 Points Scored 79.4 21st
94th 67.3 Points Allowed 71.7 232nd
163rd 32 Rebounds 32.5 126th
178th 8.6 Off. Rebounds 9.1 123rd
209th 7.1 3pt Made 7.7 134th
17th 16.1 Assists 14.7 62nd
83rd 10.9 Turnovers 10.7 61st

Texas vs Miami (FL) Prediction & Pick

Miami's win over Houston was impressive, but Texas poses a different challenge. The Cougars simply didn't have the offensive talent to keep up with the Hurricanes, whereas the Longhorns average 77.9 PPG (No. 25) on 47.2% shooting (No. 24). The latter is also shooting 43.8% from the three-point line over its last three games.

Texas has the defensive advantage as well, allowing just 67.3 PPG (No. 82) while Miami surrenders 71.7 PPG (No. 211). That's not even mentioned that the Longhorns force an average of 15.8 turnovers (No. 17) compared to the Hurricanes' 12.4 (No. 166), which has dropped to 10.7 over the previous three outings.

I won't be surprised if this turns into a back-and-forth affair, but Texas' superior defense and high-flying offense will help it seal the deal.

Final Score Prediction: Texas: 81 | Miami: 77

Texas vs Miami (FL) Best Bet

With both offenses looking sharp, I expect to see some early fireworks on Sunday. After all, Miami averages the 10th-most first-half points in the NCAA (38.5) while Texas comes in respectably at No. 37 (36.6). Furthermore, the two sides have averaged a combined 73.7 first-half points through the NCAA Tournament's first three rounds.

A chance to make the Final Four will force the Longhorns and Hurricanes to elevate their game, resulting in the first-half total being easily surpassed.

Bet: First-Half Total — Over 70.5 Points (-112)

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