Texas Longhorns vs. Kansas Jayhawks Pick-Odds-Prediction 2/1/14
Kansas Jayhawks (16-4) at Texas Longhorns (16-4)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 4:00 pm (Frank Erwin Center)
The Line: Texas Longhorns +4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Storyline: 25th-ranked Texas looks to hand #6 Kansas its first conference loss of the season when they host the scorching Jayhawks at the Frank Erwin Special Events Center Saturday.
The Breakdown: The Longhornsare making their first appearance in the national rankings this week, improving to 5-2 for third place in the Big 12 after a decisive 74-60 victory over slumping Baylor Saturday for their fifth straight. Texas, who’ve now collected four wins over ranked teams this season, outshot the Bears from the field 44.8 percent to 32.1 percent and came out on top with a 43-40 advantage on the boards. Both sides struggled from outside the arc, with the Horns connecting on 2 of 11 to the Bears’ 3 of 17. Freshman G Isaiah Taylor led all scorers with a career-high 27 points on 10 of 18 shooting and junior F Jonathan Holmes added 14 points and 8 rebounds. Through 20 games, Texas is averaging 77.6 ppg on 44.6 percent shooting. Holmes leads the team with 12.9 ppg, followed by sophomore G Javan Felix at 12.2 ppg.
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Meanwhile, Kansas is looking more and more like a Final Four team with each victory. The Jayhawks moved up a couple notches in the rankings this week, handling 16th-ranked Iowa State 92-81 Wednesday for their seventh consecutive win. Kansas now sits all alone at the top of the conference heading down the back stretch. Freshman G Andrew Wiggins soared to a career-best 29 points against the Cyclones, while sophomore F Perry Ellis added 20 points and 6 rebounds. The Jayhawks shot over 50 percent from the floor for the fourth straight time, connecting on 36 of 62 while hitting 10 of 22 from outside the arc and dominating the boards 38-28. On the season, Kansas ranks 26th in the nation with 80.2 ppg and tops in field goal percentage at 51.0 percent. Wiggins leads the team with 16.5 ppg, followed by Ellis at 13.3 ppg.
Rick’s Pick: The line in this matchup is currently set at -4 for Kansas and this looks to be a dandy. Texas is on fire with five straight conference wins, three of which came over ranked opponents. Trouble is, Kansas has looked downright unbeatable and appears to be one of the top 3 or 4 teams in the country right now. Look for the Jayhawks to cover.
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