. . LevelMagazine – U.S. – Texas vs.. . Davidson: Back the Wildcats Over Short-Handed Longhorns

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The Maui Invitational will look a little different this year as it couldn’t be hosted on the island. However, the event will continue to be held in Asheville, North Carolina. The tournament begins on Monday morning when Davidson takes on No. 19 Texas.

If the 2019-20 season had not been shortened, Shaka Smart might have been relieved of his duties. The Longhorns threatened to miss the NCAA tournament for the third time in four years. He will have a solid opportunity to save his job in the 2020-21 season as he brings back 12 players from last year’s roster. Texas opened its season with a win over UT Rio Grande Valley, but Davidson will be a massive competitive boost.

Timeless Bob McKillop is bringing back most of his roster in 2020 but losing his top scorer and best defender. The wildcats will do better if they’re barely done upstairs . 500 last season. You are selected to land in Atlantic 10 in the middle of the field. So if Seniors Kellan Grady and Carter Collins can move up, the Wildcats could find their way into the top end of the conference.

The strength of this Longhorns team starts at the defensive end of the floor. Last season, Texas was in the top 25 defensive and is likely to improve as KenPom Texas ranks No.. 1 has forecast. 2 Defense in the country in terms of efficiency. The Longhorns are bringing their entire starting grid back, adding the No.. 9 Total Recruit and Homeland Product, Greg Brown.

The problem for Texas this season is on the offensive end of the floor. Last season, Texas was last dead in the Big 12 in terms of offensive efficiency, offensive rebound percentage, and free throws per game. Adding Brown to the grid should help improve those numbers, but Texas will likely be relying on their defense this season.

Texas is also playing at a snail’s pace and was 292 last season. Place per KenPom. That will play straight into Davidson’s hands as it plays even slower.

There’s one thing McKillop knows how to teach: insult. The wildcats were top 30 in terms of attack efficiency, effective field target and 3-point percentage. They lose their best player in Jon Axel Gudmundsson, but give back all the other main culprits.

The problem for Davidson last season was the defensive end of the floor. It turned out to be average in just about every defensive category, and that’s exactly what held the Wildcats back last season. With a lot of continuity returning, KenPom Davidson has projected to improve this season and it will begin on Monday as it faces its toughest test of the season.

The Longhorns have some injury problems on Monday. Cancer survivor and start guard Andrew Jones has a cough and was kept out of the first game out of caution. It is questionable whether he will play on Monday. You’ll also miss older sixth man Jase Febres, who is recovering from knee surgery.

I projected Texas at -6. 07 if Jones can’t play on Monday. That creates some value for Davidson so I would support the Wildcats at 7. 5 when Jones isn’t playing. If Jones is playing, this game would be a way out for me.

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