Kansas vs. Texas - 1/23/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Texas Longhorns (12-6) at Kansas Jayhawks (15-3)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 2:00 pm (Allen Fieldhouse)
The Line: Kansas Jayhawks -9.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Texas Longhorns will travel to Allen Fieldhouse to take on the 3rd ranked Kansas Jayhawks in Big 12 action this Saturday afternoon.
The Texas Longhorns won their 3rd straight game and improved to 12-6 (4-2 Big 12) after upsetting the 6th ranked West Virginia Mountaineers, 56-49, on the road this past Wednesday. Texas did a great job of limiting their turnovers which is a major source of the West Virginia offense and was able to hold on to their 28-25 halftime lead to secure the big conference win. Texas shot 39.0% from the field but did a great job protecting the ball against the pressure defense of West Virginia as they committed just 8 turnovers. The Longhorns held the Mountaineers to just 31.1% shooting from the field and 14.3% (3-21) shooting from beyond the arc. Leading the way for Texas was Javan Felix who had 17 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals, and an assist. On the season, the Longhorns have been led by Isaiah Taylor (16.4 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 4.7 apg), Cameron Ridley (12.7 ppg, 10.0 rpg), and Javan Felix (11.1 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 1.8 apg). Offensively, Texas is averaging 73.7 ppg on 43.6% shooting from the field and 34.2% shooting from beyond the arc. The Longhorns average 7.7 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.07. Defensively, Texas is holding their opponents to an average of 68.0 ppg on 40.0% shooting. The Longhorns average 4.9 blocks per game and have a turnover margin of 2.4. The Longhorns will be missing big-man Cameron Ridley who is out indefinitely with a foot injury.
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The 3rd ranked Kansas Jayhawks dropped to 15-3 (4-2 Big 12) on the season after being defeated by the Oklahoma State Cowboys, 86-67, this past Tuesday. Kansas played flat throughout the game and had no answers for Oklahoma State in the 2nd half in which they were outscored by a 43-29 margin. Kansas shot 42.1% from the field and just 27.3% (6-22) from beyond the arc in the loss. The Jayhawks allowed the Cowboys to shoot 50.0% from the field and 52.4% (11-21) from three-point range. Leading the way for Kansas was Frank Mason III who had 14 points, and 5 rebounds. On the season, the Jayhawks have been led by Perry Ellis (15.8 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1.3 apg), Wayne Selden Jr. (14.5 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.8 apg), and Frank Mason III (13.2 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 4.9 apg). Offensively, Kansas is averaging 84.8 ppg on 49.0% shooting from the field and 43.8% shooting from beyond the arc. The Jayhawks average 8.7 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.43. Defensively, Kansas is holding their opponents to an average of 68.5 ppg on 39.5% shooting from the field. The Jayhawks have average 7.9 steals per game and have a turnover margin of 2.6.
The Longhorns are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games and 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS win. The Jayhawks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss.
Texas has been on a roll as of late, led by their defense, as over the past two weeks the Longhorns have defeated both West Virginia and Iowa State. Kansas had one of the better victories of the year against Oklahoma a couple weeks ago but has been flat since, losing two of their last three games. Texas has been playing well but still lacks much depth underneath without Steven Ridley and although Kansas has struggled, I think the reason loss against Oklahoma State will get them refocused for this big matchup. I think Frank Mason III will be able to handle the Texas pressure defense and that Jayhawks show us once again at Allen Fieldhouse why they are the team to beat in the Big 12. Take Kansas to cover.