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Texas vs. Kansas State - 2/7/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Kansas State Wildcats (16-7) at Texas Longhorns (15-8)

College Basketball: Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 8:00 pm (Frank Erwin Center)

The Line: Texas Longhorns -5.5 -- Over/Under: 130 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 Wednesday night in College Basketball action.

The Kansas State Wildcats lost their 2nd consecutive game and dropped to 16-7 (5-5 Big 12) on the season after being defeated by the 15th ranked West Virginia Mountaineers, 89-51, this past Saturday. Kansas State had trouble throughout the game against the pressure defense of the Mountaineers and couldn’t fight back after a 10-0 West Virginia run gave the Mountaineers a 65-42 lead with just 7:49 left in regulation. Kansas State shot just 29.8% from the field and 34.6% (9-26) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Wildcats was Xavier Sneed who had 16 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 steals. On the season, Kansas State is averaging 74.3 ppg on 47.2% shooting from the field. The Wildcats are averaging 7.8 three-pointers per game on 36.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Kansas State has been led by Dean Wade (16.4 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.6 spg), Barry Brown (16.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 3.4 apg, 2.0 spg), Kamau Stokes (12.7 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 4.6 apg, 1.3 spg), and Xavier Sneed (11.2 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.6 spg). Defensively, Kansas State is holding their opponents to an average of 67.7 ppg on 42.6% shooting from the field. The Wildcats have a rebound margin of -3.1 and a turnover margin of 3.8.

Texas vs. Kansas State - 2/7/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Texas Longhorns improved to 15-8 (5-5 Big 12) after defeating the 12th ranked Oklahoma Sooners, 79-74, this past Saturday. Texas trailed by a 9-point margin with just 7:56 left in regulation, however, the Longhorns were outstanding defensively against Trae Young and the Sooners offense and pulled away late after a 6-0 Longhorns run gave Texas a 78-70 lead with just 0:34 seconds remaining. Texas shot 45.5% from the field while holding Oklahoma to just 13.6% (3-22) shooting from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Longhorns was Matt Coleman who had 22 points, 2 assists, 1 rebound, and 2 steals. On the season, Texas is averaging 72.8 ppg on 44.1% shooting from the field. The Longhorns are averaging 7.0 three-pointers per game on 31.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Texas has been led by Dylan Osetkowski (14.2 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.1 spg), Mohamed Bamba (13.0 ppg, 10.8 rpg, 4.4 bpg), Kerwin Roach II (12.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.4 spg), and Matt Coleman (8.6 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 4.7 apg, 1.1 spg). Defensively, Texas is holding their opponents to an average of 66.9 ppg on 40.5% shooting from the field. The Longhorns have a rebound margin of 0.0 and a turnover margin of 1.2.

The Wildcats are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games vs. Big-12 opponents and 13-3 ATS in their last 16 games following a straight up loss of more than 20 points. The Longhorns are 4-0 ATS in their last 5 home games and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games vs. Big-12 opponents.

Kansas State struggled on the road against West Virginia, however, this Wildcats team has a bunch of talent and has been led by their defense that currently ranks 70th in scoring defense, 18th in turnover margin, and 112th in defensive FG%. Texas has won 3 of their last 4 games and although the Longhorns offense can struggle at times, the Longhorns defense has been outstanding as it ranks 52nd in scoring defense, 26th in defensive FG%, and 12th in blocks per game. Kansas State is not the same team on the road that they are at home, however, I still think the Wildcats defense will give Texas a bunch of trouble in this one and as I like the experience that Dean Wade and Barry Brown bring to the table for Kansas State, I’m taking the Wildcats and the points. 

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