College basketball: R.J. Davis scores 16 to help No. 14 UNC beat UNLV; No. 17 Texas edges Davidson

Freshman R.J. Davis scored 16 points and No. 14 North Carolina recovered from an ugly start to beat UNLV 78-51 on Monday night in the first round of the relocated Maui Invitational.

Garrison Brooks added 14 points and surpassed the 1,000-point mark for his career in the first half for the Tar Heels (2-0), who fell behind 13-0 and didn’t score for the first 6 1/2 minutes. But UNC gradually closed the gap, then had a 28-4 run spanning halftime to build its own big lead on the way to a rout.

Senior reserve Andrew Platek had 11 points and hit a pair of first-half 3-pointers as UNC sputtered out of the tipoff.

Bryce Hamilton scored 15 points for the Runnin’ Rebels (0-2), who went from hitting everything to missing everything as the Tar Heels took over. After that 5-for-5 start, UNLV made just 13 of 57 shots (22.8%) the rest of the way.

No. 17 Texas 78, Davidson 76

Courtney Ramey had the go-ahead driving score with 20 seconds left for No. 17 Texas in the opening game of the Maui Invitational.

Ramey’s score broke a 76-all tie, then the Longhorns (2-0) came up with a pair of stops on the final possession, when the Wildcats (1-1) had a chance to tie or win.

Davidson’s Sam Mennenga missed a contested 3-pointer from the wing, but the Wildcats got another shot when the ball went out of bounds with 3.8 seconds left.

The Wildcats inbounded again to Mennenga, who missed a final 3 for the win with Texas’ Andrew Jones closely defending him. Mennenga turned toward the official at the horn, while Davidson coach Bob McKillop also protested slightly before leaving the court.

Ramey scored 14 points to lead the Longhorns. Jones finished with 13 points in his season debut, as did Kai Jones.

Mennenga scored 17 points to lead Davidson.

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Texas vs. Davidson odds, line: 2020 Maui Invitational picks, college basketball predictions from proven model

After posting a comfortable victory in their season opener, the 19th-ranked Texas Longhorns are looking for another when they take on the Davidson Wildcats (1-0) on Monday in the opening game of the 2020 Maui Invitational, which is being held in Asheville, N.C., due to the coronavirus pandemic. Texas (1-0) had five players score in double digits en route to a 91-55 triumph over Texas-Rio Grande Valley on Wednesday. The Longhorns began the 2019-20 campaign with four consecutive victories and won nine of their first 10 contests before finishing with an 18-13 overall record.

Tip-off is set for noon ET on Monday from Harrah’s Cherokee Center. The Longhorns are 8.5-point favorites in the latest Texas vs. Davidson odds at William Hill Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is 136.5. Before making any Davidson vs. Texas picks, check out the college basketball predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every college basketball game 10,000 times. Over the past four years, the proprietary computer model has generated an impressive profit of $2,400 for $100 players on its top-rated college basketball picks against the spread. Anyone who has followed it has seen huge returns. 

Now, the model has set its sights on Texas vs. Davidson. You can visit SportsLine now to see the picks. Here are the college basketball lines and trends for Davidson vs. Texas:

  • Texas vs. Davidson spread: Longhorns -8.5
  • Texas vs. Davidson over-under: 136.5 points
  • TEX: The Longhorns are 6-1 against the spread in their last seven games
  • DAV: The Wildcats are 0-6 ATS in their last six neutral-site contests

Why Texas can cover

Courtney Ramey got his 2020-21 season off to a good start, scoring a game-high 20 points in the Longhorns’ victory. The junior guard hit the 20-point plateau just four times in 68 games over his first two campaigns. Senior guard Matt Coleman III finished with 17 points against Rio Grande Valley while freshman Greg Brown recorded a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Coleman increased his career total to 1,109 points and is 22 away from climbing into 30th place on Texas’ all-time list. Brown, meanwhile, is the fourth Longhorns freshman since 1972-73 to register a double-double in his debut and first since Jarrett Allen in 2016. The Longhorns received 25 points from their bench as junior forward Gerald Liddell led the group with 10 after reaching double digits just once in 29 games over his first two seasons.

Why Davidson can cover

Sophomore forward Hyunjung Lee’s career-best performance helped lead the Wildcats to an 82-73 triumph over High Point in their season opener on Wednesday. The South Korean, whose highest output as a freshman was 20 points against VCU, recorded 23 on 8-of-14 shooting and added nine assists. Lee was 5-for-10 from beyond the arc and scored 17 of his points in the second half.

Kellan Grady recorded 20 points, hitting the mark for the sixth time in seven games dating back to last season, and fellow senior

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