College basketball rankings: North Carolina, Texas set to square off for Maui Invitational title

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North Carolina and Texas were the two highest ranked teams in the Maui Invitational field this season, according to the CBS Sports Top 25 And 1. So the bracket has unfolded as I assumed it would. And now we’ll get a championship game on Wednesday featuring three five-star freshman bigs — UT’s Greg Brown and UNC’s Day’Ron Sharpe and Walker Kessler.

That’s a nice midweek afternoon treat.

Tip is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET.

North Carolina got to this title game courtesy of Tuesday’s 67-63 victory over Stanford in which Caleb Love, a five-star freshman guard, scored a team-high 16 points. He’s averaging 13.0 points, 3.3 assists and 2.3 rebounds through three games for a Tar Heels team that ranks 10th nationally in defensive efficiency. Meantime, Texas got to this title game courtesy of Tuesday’s 66-44 blowout of Indiana in which Matt Coleman, a senior guard, scored a team-high 16 points. He’s averaging 14.3 points, 5.7 assists and 2.3 rebounds through three games for a Texas team that ranks second nationally in defensive efficiency. So these are, quite literally, two of the best defensive teams in the country.

Don’t be surprised if the winner doesn’t touch 70 points.

North Carolina is No. 16 in Wednesday morning’s updated CBS Sports Top 25 And 1 daily college basketball rankings. Texas is No. 19. Indiana was removed from the Top 25 And 1 following its loss to Texas. The Hoosiers were replaced by Louisville, which is 4-0 after Tuesday’s 75-54 victory over Western Kentucky. Chris Mack’s Cardinals also own a win over Seton Hall.

Wednesday’s Top 25 And 1 rankings

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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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