Houston Christian at Texas - 11/10/22 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Texas Longhorns (1-0) vs Houston Christian Huskies (0-1)

Game Info: Thursday, November 10, 2022 at 9:00 pm (Moody Center)

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The Houston Christian Huskies will take the three-hour trip west to Austin and take on the Texas Longhorns from the Moody Center on the Longhorn Network. Texas won last seasons matchup, 92-48.

Houston Christian switched from Houston Baptist in efforts to emulate Fort Worth’s TCU and double the school’s enrollment, and they nearly kicked things off with an upset win over FIU. HCU took a nine-point lead into halftime, only to squander it in full during the second half, en route to an 11-point loss. Vic Shealy’s team shot pretty well from deep, hitting 12 of 23 three in the opener, but a poor defensive effort led to the final result.

Houston Christian got a huge game from returning leading scorer Brycen Long. The junior guard caught fire and exploded for a game-high 31 points, hitting an impressive 9 of 12 from deep. Long will more than likely be the focal point of the offense this season, but he’s going to near more help, as he was the lone Husky to surpass double figures in the loss to FIU. 

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Maine transfer Mans Klanjscek and freshman guard Pierce Bazil came in cold, missing eight shots apiece in their first appearances for HCU. The foreign tandem of Bonke Maring and Sam Hofman was formidable in game one, but they’ll be tested here.

Texas will look to tackle another Lone Star foe after taking care of UTEP in game one. The Longhorns took a 13-point lead into halftime, and held off a feisty group of Miners en route to the 72-57 victory. Chris Beard’s team locked up in the first half, holding UTEP to just 20 points, and they got a big game from their strongest transfer portal addition. Texas shot 55% from the field, and did a lot of their work from the free throw line, hitting 22/29 attempts.

Tyrese Hunter’s move from Iowa State to Texas was a huge swing within the Big 12. The former ISU guard scored a game-high 18 points on an efficient 6/8 shooting, and he gives Texas a big-time shot maker. His backcourt mate Marcus Carr made a successful transition to Austin from Minnesota last season, and despite shooting 2-8 in the opener, he managed to go 8/10 from the line, and added six assists. Dylan Disu and Sir’Jabari Rice also reached double figures, with the latter providing 14 points off of the pine.

Houston Christian went 11-14 against the spread last season, with a 11-13-1 over/under record. Texas went 13-20-1 ATS last year, with a 16-18 o/u record. 

The Huskies will face an uphill battle when they head up to Austin this Thursday. Chris Beard's team looked sharp in their opener, and with this being the lone test remaining before Gonzaga comes to town, look for more progression and improvement from this bunch as they look to get right for the high stakes matchup. This Lone Star battle should look a lot like last year's contest, so take Texas' line when it opens confidently.

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