Texas Longhorns (7-1) at Kansas Jayhawks (8-1)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 12:00 pm (Allen Fieldhouse)
The Line: Kansas Jayhawks -4 -- Over/Under: 137 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Texas Longhorns and the Kansas Jayhawks meet in Big 12 conference college basketball action from Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday afternoon.
The Texas Longhorns will look to add to their current three-game winning streak after picking up a 77-74 win over Oklahoma State in their last game. Greg Brown led the Horns with 24 points on 7 of 14 shooting with 3 threes and 14 rebounds with 3 blocks for the double-double while Andrew Jones added 22 points on 8 of 17 shooting with 3 threes, 7 rebounds and a team-high 4 assists and Matt Coleman III added 16 points on 7 of 11 with 7 rebounds, 4 assists and a pair of steals as well to finish off the scoring in double figures for Texas in the win. Coleman III leads Texas in scoring and assists with an average of 13.9 points and 4.5 assists per game while Brown leads the Longhorns in rebounding with 7.5 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Texas is averaging 74.8 points on 44.4% shooting from the field, 33% from 3-point range and 72.1% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 62.5 points on 38.4% shooting from the field and 27% from 3-point range this season.
The Kansas Jayhawks will look to add to their current eight-game winning streak, sitting at 8-1 on the year after a 79-65 win over West Virginia last time out. Christian Braun led Kansas with 22 points on 7 of 14 shooting with 6 threes and a team-high 7 assists while Jalen Wilson chipped in 17 points on 6 of 14 shooting with 7 rebounds and 4 assists and Marcus Garrett added 15 points on 6 of 8 shooting with 3 triples. Ocahi Agbaji added 11 points with 3 threes and 10 rebounds and David McCormack added 10 points with a team-high 11 rebounds to cap off the scoring in double figures as all five starters scored in double figures for Kansas in the win. Agbaji leads Kansas in scoring with 14.8 points per game while Garrett leads the Jayhawks in assists with 3.6 assists per game and Wilson leads KU in rebounding with 7.9 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Kansas is averaging 78.7 points on 44% shooting from the field, 39.9% from 3-point range and 72.1% from the foul line while allosing opposing teams to average 66.1 points on 39.5% shooting from the field and 30% from 3-point range this season.
Texas is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a win while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games against a team with a winning record. Kansas is 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games against a team with a winning record and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600 while the under is 6-1 in their last 7 games following a win. The road team is 11-2 ATS in the last 13 meetings between these two teams.
This is a fantastic way to start the day on Saturday and even with the talent on both sides, I’m expecting a battle here. The last four meetings head-to-head have all come in under the number and with the way Shaka Smart likes to push the Longhorns’ defense, I can see another similar game here. I see something in the area of 67-64 or something along those lines, so give me the under in this matchup.