The No. 7 seed Nevada Wolf Pack will take on the No. 10 seed Texas Longhorns this week in the First Round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament. The two teams are part of the South region, playing in the same bracket as overall No. 1 seed Virginia.
Preview: Nevada, one of the more dangerous mid-majors in the field this year, finished with a 27-7 record and a 15-3 mark in the Mountain West. Texas finished with a 19-14 mark and an 8-10 mark in the Big 12. They’re one of a handful of teams to qualify for the field despite having a losing record in their own league.
Nevada is led by junior forward Caleb Martin, who averaged 19.1 points per game this past season. Texas has a more balanced scoring attack, with Dylan Osetkowski, Andrew Jones, Mohamed Bamba and Kerwin Roach III all as solid contributors.
A matchup that stands out to me is Nevada/Texas. Texas has FOUR players taller than Nevada's tallest player, including Mo Bamba, who ranks in the top-15 of the NCAA in rebounding. That's an awful draw for Nevada. #MarchMadness
— Justin Bales (@BalesSJustin) March 11, 2018
You can check out the entire NCAA Tournament bracket here. You can also see all 68 teams in the tournament here.
Date: Friday, March 16
Time: 4:30 PM ET
TV Channel: TBS
Location: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, TN
Announcers: Andrew Catalon, Steve Lappas, Jamie Erdahl
Opening Betting Line: Pick’em via 5Dimes
This is Nevada’s eighth appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Texas, meanwhile, has made the tournament 34 times.
Prediction: As the tweet above suggests, this could be a bad matchup for Nevada. Texas has a major size advantage. At the same time, the Longhorns have been incredibly inconsistent this year, evidenced by their Big 12 record.
We’ll take Nevada by a basket.