Texas basketball vs. Houston Christian: Prediction and odds for Nov. 10

Tyrese Hunter, Texas basketball Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports
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Head coach Chris Beard and No. 12 ranked Texas basketball will take to the court at the brand new Moody Center on Nov. 10 for their second game of the regular season. Texas will host the Houston Christian Huskies in Austin to try and move its winning streak to two games before the non-conference slate really ramps up next week.

Beard and the Longhorns head into this matchup against Houston Christian with a record of 1-0 (0-0 Big 12) following a convincing 72-57 win in the regular season opener against the UTEP Miners at home on Nov. 7. UTEP did push the Longhorns at times in the opener, but Texas locked it down when it mattered in the second half.

Meanwhile, Houston Christian comes into this game with a record of 0-1 (0-0 Southland) after an 11-point loss in its season opener on the road on Nov. 7 at the hands of the Florida International Panthers. The Huskies will be looking to snap a two-game losing skid that dates back to the Southland Tournament last season.

Here’s a look at the betting odds and game prediction as Texas gets set to host Houston Christian at home at the Moody Center for the second game of the regular season on Nov. 10, with the tipoff time set for 8 p.m. CT.

Texas basketball vs. Houston Christian: Odds for Nov. 10

Texas is a sizable 36.5-point favorite over Houston Christian and the over/under for this game is set at 137.5 (per FanDuel).

And the moneyline favors Texas (-30000) by a wide margin over Houston Christian (+4000).

According to the ESPN Basketball Power Index, Texas has a 97.9 percent chance of beating Houston Christian.

Texas was a little bit slow out of the gates in the regular season opener a few days ago. UTEP pushed Texas in ways that many were surprised by, myself included, in the opener.

We’ll be looking for Texas to manage turnovers more effectively out of the gates in this game and look better at moving the ball around the perimeter to find the open shot.

Defensively, though, I don’t have many gripes coming out of the opener for the Longhorns. Texas is usually rock-solid under Beard on the defensive end of the floor, and that held up against the Miners.

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Texas can move its mark on the season so far to 2-0 with a win over Houston Christian. That can get the Longhorns set to push for an upset bid against the No. 2 Gonzaga Bulldogs in the biggest game of the non-conference slate, on Nov. 16 at the Moody Center.

Final score prediction: Texas-82, Houston Christian-50