Kansas vs. Texas - 1/14/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Texas at Kansas
Monday, January 14, 2019 at 9:00 PM (Allen Fieldhouse)
Kansas Jayhawks -8.5 -- Over/Under: 138.5
The Texas Longhorns and the Kansas Jayhawks meet in Big 12 conference college basketball action from Allen Fieldhouse on Monday night.
The Texas Longhorns will look to rebound from back-to-back losses after a 68-62 loss to Texas Tech in their last outing. Kerwin Roach II led the Horns with 17 points on 6 of 13 shooting with a pair of threes and a team-high 5 assists while Jaxson Hayes added 15 points on 6 of 8 shooting. Jase Febres added 12 points on 4 of 7 shooting with 3 threes to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Texas in the loss while Dylan Osetkowski added a team-high 9 rebounds and Matt Coleman III chipped in 8 points and a team-high 5 assists as well in the victory. Roach II leads Texas with an average of 13.6 points and 3.6 assists per game while Osetkowski leads the Longhorns on the glass with 8 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Texas is averaging 71.1 points per game on 43% shooting from the field, 32.4% from behind the arc and 67.4% from the foul line this season.
The Kansas Jayhawks will look to build on back-to-back wins after a 73-68 win over Baylor in their last outing. Lagerald Vick led Kansas with 18 points on 6 of 8 shooting from 3-point range while Dedric Lawson came right behind with 17 points on 7 of 12 shooting with a team-high 5 steals and 5 blocks. Devon Dotson added 14 points and a team-high 5 assists while Ochai Agbaji added 10 points to round out the group of double-digit scorers for Kansas in the win. Marcus Garrett added 4 points and 4 assists while Quentin Grimes had 7 points, a pair of blocks and a team-high 6 rebounds. Lawson leads the Jayhawks by averaging a double-double per game with team-leading averages of 19.3 points and 10.8 rebounds per game while Dotson leads Kansas in assists with 3.1 assists per game this season. As a team, Kansas is averaging 78.8 points per game on 47.8% shooting from the field, 34.5% from behind the arc and 67.7% from the foul line this season.
Texas is 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600 while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall and 9-4-1 in their last 14 games against a team with a winning record. Kansas is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 conference games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600 while the over is 18-8-2 in their last 28 games overall. The road team is 8-0 ATS in the last 8 meetings between these two teams and Texas is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings between these two teams in Kansas.
Kansas has clawed out a couple of solid victories, but it’s hard for me to forget the fact that the Jayhawks couldn’t sustain an early 18-2 lead over Baylor and had to battle before ultimately putting the Bears away late. Texas hasn’t looked great in their back-to-back losses, but the Longhorns battle and get after it defensively and make you earn every point. The Longhorns also have a history of playing the Jayhawks tough at Allen Fieldhouse, and given the amount of success the road team has had in this matchup, I think it just makes sense to take the points with Texas here.