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Texas Longhorns vs. Kansas Jayhawks - 1/24/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Kansas Jayhawks (15-3) at Texas Longhorns (14-4)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 2:00 pm (Frank Erwin Center)

The Line: Texas Longhorns -4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: CBS

The Kansas Jayhawks will travel to the Frank Erwin Center to take on the Texas Longhorns this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The 11th ranked Kansas Jayhawks improved to 15-3 (4-1 Big 12) on the season after defeating the 19th ranked Oklahoma Sooners this past Monday. Kansas shot 48.3% from the field and 52.9 (10-19) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Jayhawks was Kelly Oubre Jr. who had 19 points and 9 rebounds. Kansas is ranked 2nd in the RPI Standings and has played the 1st ranked SOS. On the season, the Jayhawks have been led by Perry Ellis (12.8 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 1.1 apg) and Frank Mason III (12.7 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 4.2 apg, 1.4 spg). Offensively, Kansas is averaging 72.3 ppg (ranked 75th) on 43.5% shooting (ranked 174th). The Jayhawks shot 39.7% from beyond the arc (ranked 22nd) and dish out 14.2 apg (ranked 83rd). Defensively, Kansas is allowing their opponents to average 64.9 ppg (ranked 148th) on 40.9% shooting (ranked 104th). The Jayhawks are grabbing 39.22 total rpg (ranked 25th) and have a rebound margin of 7.1 (ranked 22nd).

Texas Longhorns vs. Kansas Jayhawks - 1/24/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The 17th ranked Texas Longhorns won their second straight game and improved to 14-4 (3-2 Big 12) on the season after defeating the TCU Horned Frogs 66-48 this past Monday. Texas held TCU to 33.3% shooting from the field and 16.7% (3-18) shooting from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Longhorns was Isaiah Taylor who had 13 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists. Texas is ranked 16th in the RPI Standings and has played the 19th ranked SOS. On the season, the Longhorns have been led by Myles Turner (11.8 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 2.7 bpg) and Jonathan Holmes (11.4 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 1.4 apg). Offensively, Texas is averaging 69.9 ppg (ranked 121st) on 43.8% shooting (ranked 160th). The Longhorns are shooting 73.9% from the free-throw line (ranked 29th) however, have a turnover margin of -3.6 (ranked 327th). Defensively, Texas is holding their opponents to 56.3 ppg (ranked 13th) on 34.4% shooting (ranked 3rd). The Longhorns have a rebound margin of 12.2 (ranked 2nd) and average 7.7 bpg (ranked 2nd).

The Jayhawks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. win and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Longhorns are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record however, just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games.

Kansas is once again at the top of the Big 12 and although this team might not be as talented as they’ve had in the past, they are once again finding ways to win games in a very tough conference. Texas was struggling a bit, but it looks as if Texas has re-found their offensive rhythm know that their star guard, Isaiah Taylor has had gotten a few games under his belt since returning from his injury. I really like how Texas has looked in their last two games, and although Kansas is winning, they seem to have trouble putting a complete game together. I think that the Texas defensive causes Kansas trouble, and that they win and cover in this one. Take Texas to cover!   

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