1. Texas beats the spread outright
This isn’t a bold prediction for most teams in the nation. College hoops can be a fairly predictable game when it comes to major conferences teams like Purdue and Texas basketball. That is, college hoops is usually predictable for major conference teams on like Texas basketball on a year that isn’t the 2018-19 regular season.
In fact, the entire era under head Texas basketball coach Shaka Smart is something that any fan of the program is having a hard time getting adjusted to. Smart doesn’t produce consistent results, especially on the offensive side of things. Texas plays to the level of its competition this season. That bodes well against a team like Purdue.
This season, Texas is 2-6 against the spread while Purdue sits at 5-4. Neither team has matched the spread outright this season either. Texas had a lot of chances to beat an easy spread against inferior competition this season and couldn’t pull it off. The matchups against the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks and Eastern Illinois Panthers first come to mind.
Texas opened as a 1.5-point underdog against the Boilermakers. That line seems warranted since Purdue is coming off its first top 25 win of the season, and the Horns are amid a three-game losing streak. Texas matches up well with Purdue, so this is a great opportunity to stop the losing skid against a good team.