March Madness betting concerns are growing, however, as Texas has been faltering and playing so poorly that they are losing their appeal with the March Madness odds. After being ranked number one in the March Madness betting polls the Longhorns are struggling to stay in the Top 20.
Starting with a January 18 loss at Kansas State, their first of the year, they have increasingly stunned March Madness odds handicappers with a college basketball gambling slump in which they went 2-4 straight up and 1-5 against the spread through February 6.
Texas had an overall March Madness betting record of 19-4 straight up and 8-11 against the spread. They had slipped to fourth in the Big 12 standings behind fellow March Madness betting contenders Kansas, Kansas State, and Texas A&M while struggling with Missouri for the fourth spot in the conference’s March Madness betting race.
One of the March Madness betting strengths of Texas may actually be a weakness, at least for the short term, as that is their depth. Head coach Rick Barnes has recruited well and Texas has one of the most talented rosters in all of March Madness betting.
The problem for Barnes has been settling on a set lineup as he has used a variety of different combinations and rotations. Offense is the March Madness betting strength of Texas as they ranked 3rd in the entire country for scoring while their defense was ranked in the middle of the national pack.
The Longhorns had three players averaging in double figures led by senior Damion James, who was averaging 17.8-points per game. James was also the Longhorns leading rebounded with an average of 11.0-per game. A big problem for Texas has been free throw shooting as they ranked a humiliating 337th in the nation.
In their February 6 loss to Oklahoma the Horns were 10-27 from the charity stripe. “I have to truly believe that there are junior high school teams that could do better than that,” said Barnes.