Kansas State vs. Texas - 2/21/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Texas Longhorns (16-11) at Kansas State Wildcats (19-8)
College Basketball: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 9:00 pm (Bramlage Coliseum)
The Line: Kansas State Wildcats -4 -- Over/Under: 131 See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN U
The Texas Longhorns will travel to Bramlage Coliseum to take on the Kansas State Wildcats this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.
The Texas Longhorns snapped their 3-game losing streak and improved to 16-11 (6-8 Big 12) on the season after defeating the 23rd ranked Oklahoma Sooners, 77-66, this past Saturday. Texas dominated the Sooners on both ends of the court and pulled away in the 2nd half after a 12-0 Longhorns run gave Texas a 57-44 lead with 8:49 left in regulation. Texas shot 54.5% from the field while holding the high-scoring Oklahoma offense to just 30.8% shooting from the field and 26.7% (8-30) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Longhorns was Mohamed Bamba who had a double-double with 10 points, 18 rebounds, 1 assist, and 4 blocks. On the season, Texas is averaging 72.6 ppg on 44.2% shooting from the field. The Longhorns are averaging 7.1 three-pointers per game on 31.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Texas has been led by Dylan Osetkowski (13.9 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.0 spg), Mohamed Bamba (13.6 ppg, 11.1 rpg, 4.1 bpg), Kerwin Roach II (11.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.4 spg), and Matt Coleman (8.9 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 4.6 apg, 1.1 spg). Defensively, Texas is holding their opponents to an average of 67.9 ppg on 41.3% shooting from the field. The Longhorns have a rebound margin of 0.0 and a turnover margin of 0.7.
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The Kansas State Wildcats won their 2nd straight game and improved to 19-8 (8-6 Big 12) on the season after defeating the Iowa State Cyclones, 78-66, this past Saturday. Kansas State had no trouble finding ways to score the basketball against the Iowa State defense and pulled away in the 2nd half after a 18-2 Wildcats run gave Kansas State a 60-41 lead with 11:45 left in regulation. Kansas State shot 51.7% from the field and 40.0% (10-25) from beyond the arc in the win. Leading the way for the Wildcats was Dean Wade who had 22 points, 8 rebounds, 9 assists, and 2 steals. On the season, Kansas State is averaging 73.5 ppg on 47.3% shooting from the field. The Wildcats are averaging 7.7 three-pointers per game on 36.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensviely, Kansas State has been led by Dean Wade (16.3 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.5 spg), Barry Brown (16.2 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.9 spg), Xavier Sneed (11.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.6 spg), and Kamau Stokes (11.2 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 4.3 apg, 1.2 spg). Defensively, Kansas State is holding their opponents to an average of 67.6 ppg on 42.7% shooting from the field. The Wildcats have a rebound margin of -3.2 and a turnover margin of 3.3.
The Longhorns are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Wednesday games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win. The Wildcats are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games vs. Big-12 opponents however, are just 4-9 ATS in their last 13 home games.
Texas has lost 4 of their last 6, however, the Longhorns have been real competitive against some of the better teams in the Big-12 this season and have been led by their defense which ranks 65th in scoring defense and 44th in defensive FG%. Kansas State has won 3 of their last 6 games and has been solid on both sides of the ball as the Wildcats rank 61st in scoring defense and 51st in FG%. Kansas State is an impressive 12-3 at home this season, however, I really like how Texas and Mohamed Bamba has played as of late and as I think the Longhorns defense will give the Wildcats trouble in this one, I’m going to take Texas and the points.