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 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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.