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Texas vs. Kansas State - 1/5/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Kansas State Wildcats (10-3) at Texas Longhorns (8-5)

College Basketball: Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Frank Erwin Center)

The Line: Texas Longhorns -4.5 -- Over/Under: 133.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: Longhorn Network

The Kansas State Wildcats will travel to the Frank Erwin Center to take on the Texas Longhorns this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.

The Kansas State Wildcats had their three game winning streak snapped and dropped to 10-3 (0-1 Big 12) on the season after being defeated by the West Virginia Mountaineers, 87-83 in double overtime, this past Saturday. Kansas State shot 44.8% from the field but struggled from beyond the arc hitting just 15.8% (3-19) of their three-pointers. The Wildcats allowed the Mountaineers to shoot 47.1% from the field and was outrebounded by West Virginia by a 43-35 margin. Leading the way for Kansas State was Dean Wade who had 13 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, and a block. On the season, the Wildcats have been led by Wesley Iwundu (13.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 2.9 apg), Justin Edwards (12.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.6 spg), and Dean Wade (10.9 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.0 spg). Offensively, Kansas State is averaging 73.8 ppg on 42.9% shooting from the field and 28.5% shooting from beyond the arc. The Wildcats average 5.2 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.12. Defensively, Kansas State is holding their opponents to an average of 63.5 ppg on 39.8% shooting. The Wildcats have a rebound margin of 4.4 and a turnover margin of 1.7.

Texas vs. Kansas State - 1/5/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Texas Longhorns lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 8-5 (0-1 Big 12) on the season after being defeated by the Texas Tech Red Raiders, 82-74, this past Saturday. Texas struggle offensively in the first half and was down 35-24 at halftime and although they got a big 2nd half from Isaiah Taylor, couldn’t get enough defensive stops to get the win. Texas shot 41.7% from the field and 32.1% (9-28) from beyond the arc in the loss. The Longhorns allowed the Red Raiders to shoot 50.0% from the field and 41.7% (5-12) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for Texas was Isaiah Taylor who had 35 points, 6 assists, 1 rebound, and a steal. On the season, the Longhorns have been led by Isaiah Taylor (16.6 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 4.9 apg), Cameron Ridley (12.7 ppg, 10.0 rpg, 3.4 bpg), and Javan Felix (10.3 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 1.7 apg). Offensively, Texas is averaging 75.8 ppg on 44.4% shooting from the field and 36.4% shooting from beyond the arc. The Longhorns average 8.0 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.99. Defensively, Texas is holding their opponents to an average of 69.2 ppg on 39.6% shooting from the field. The Longhorns have a rebound margin of 1.3 and a turnover margin of 2.2. The Longhorns will be without their big man, Cameron Ridley, who is out indefinitely with a broken foot.

The Wildcats are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS win and 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Longhorns are 4-9-1 ATS in their last 14 games overall and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games.

Kansas State might be a young team but they showed a lot toughness in their recent loss against a very good West Virginia team. Texas has been getting great production from Isaiah Taylor as of late but the loss of Cameron Ridley really hurts the post presence of the Longhorns. Kansas State has gotten the needed production out of Wesley Iwundu and Justin Edwards and as they do a good job protecting the basketball, I think they’ll be able to cover with the points against the Longhorns. Take Kansas State and the points.    

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