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College hoops action on Saturday afternoon and a pair of teams from the Big 12 Conference will square off as the Kansas Jayhawks grapple with the Texas Longhorns at Frank C. Erwin Jr. Center in Austin, Texas. The Jayhawks enter this game at 13-3 on the year while the Longhorns are at 12-4.
The Kansas Defense Has Been Excellent Of LateThe Kansas Jayhawks are having a solid season so far as they enter this game at 13-3 overall, including 3-1 within the Big 12. Kansas has always been known as a great offensive team and the offense has been solid this year but the defense has been one of the best in the nation so far. The Jayhawks enter this game ranked 22nd in the land in points allowed, giving up just 60.8 ppg overall and they have allowed teams to hit just 37.2% of their shots which is 12th in the land. The defense has been even better of late as the Jayhawks have allowed just 56.3 ppg over their last seven games. They hope to keep it going in this one.
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In their last game, the Jayhawks topped the Sooners on the road by a score of 66-52 and the defense was excellent once again. the Sooners shot just 31% from the field overall, including just 28% (8/29) from long range. the offense scored just 66 points in the game but they shot a respectable 44% from the field overall, including 42% (8/19) from long range. Leading their attack in the contest was Isaiah Moss, who had 20 points while Udoka Azubuike, had 16 points and 14 boards. Kansas ranks 53rd in the nation in scoring at 77.1 ppg and 6th in shooting at 49.9%.
The Offense Woke Up Against The CowboysThe Texas Longhorns have had a solid season so far as they have gone 12-4 overall, but they are a mediocre 2-2 in league play. The Texas offense has been very inconsistent in the early going and they do rank 286th in the nation in scoring, putting up just 67.1 ppg on the year, while shooting 44% from the field overall, which is 158th. Their offense has been far worse against teams from a Power Six conference as the longhorns have averaged just 61.3 ppg in their nine games against such teams. Now they have to try and put up points on one of the best defensive teams in the Nation.
Despite their struggles on offense, the Longhorns did wake up at that end of the court in their last game as they topped the Oklahoma State Cowboys on the road by a score of 76-64. Texas shot 48% from the field overall in the game, including an impressive 48% (15/32) from long range. They will need that offense to show up in this one. Leading their attack was Jase Febres and Kamaka Hepa, who each had 15 points in the contest. The defense played well as they held the Cowboys to just 40% shooting from the field overall, although they did hit 40% of their shots from long range. Texas ranks 23rd in the nation in points allowed at 60.9 ppg and 82nd in defensive FG% at 40.4%.
- 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games as a home underdog
- 13-5 ATS in their last 18 games as an underdog
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- 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Kansas is having a solid season overall at 13-3 but Texas has gone 12-4 overall and they are 9-1 here at home for the year. the Texas offense has not been very good, especially against teams from a Power Six conference but their defense has been outstanding all year. The Kansas offense has been good overall, but it has been average on the road and the longhorns have played lockdown defense at home where they have allowed just 58.9 ppg on the year. I feel that the Texas defense will do enough to keep this game close.
Prediction: Texas +7
Full-Game Total Pick
This one will not be a high-scoring game at all. the Texas offense has been very bad against teams from a Power Six conference, averaging just 61.3 ppg in their nine games against such teams this year. The Kansas defense has been one of the strongest in the nation all year and even better of late as they have allowed just 56.2 ppg over their last five games. The Kansas offense has been very good overall, but they have averaged just 71.7 ppg on the road and the Longhorns have allowed just 58.9 ppg at home. Kansas plays at the 232nd fastest pace in the nation while the Longhorn's pace of play ranked 279. This game will be played at a slow pace and with a lot more defense than offense. The Under is 7-0 in Kansas' last seven games as a road favorite and 11-5-1 in Texas' last 17 vs. a team with a winning straight up record. That seals the deal for me.
Prediction: Under 129