NCAA Basketball Pick: Texas at Kansas State
NCAA Basketball Spread: K State -5.5
Texas and Kansas State are two teams who have been in the top 25 earlier this year, but both have fallen on hard times of late. The Longhorns have lost three of their last six games. The Wildcats have lost three of their last four games. The teams only met once last year, and it was Kansas State pulling off a big upset in Austin. Can the Longhorns get revenge on the road in this one?
J’Covan Brown was dinged up a bit earlier this year, but he looks to be fully healthy right now. Brown has emerged as the Longhorns clear leader on offense this season. Brown is averaging 19.3 points per contest. He scored 34 points in a losing effort last time out against Missouri. Texas has struggled to find a post presence this season. The Longhorns really don’t have anyone who can score consistently from the forward or center position. Clint Chapman is a hard worker and a strong rebounder, but he isn’t a big offensive threat. Sheldon McClellan and Myck Kabongo are two talented freshman guards who have performed well for Texas. Both McClellan and Kabongo are great passers, but they need to improve their shooting touch. Texas is putting up 75.5 points per contest. The key to the Longhorns success or lack of success this year has been their defense. In games where they allow more than 70 points this year they are 0-5.
Kansas State lost the heart and soul of their team when Jacob Pullen graduated after last season. There is still plenty of talent on campus in Manhattan, but the team is looking for a leader to emerge. Rodney McGruder and Will Spradling have had solid seasons in the backcourt. McGruder is the team’s leading scorer at 14.5 points per game. Spradling is knocking down better than 40% of his shots from beyond the arc. Jamar Samuels is a senior leader in the frontcourt for the Wildcats. Samuels leads the team in rebounding. Jordan Henriquez is a defensive specialist on the inside. Henriquez already has 37 blocked shots this year in limited action. Opponents are scoring just 63.9 points per game on the Wildcats this year. This is a game that Kansas State really needs if they want to stay in the Big 12 race.
Texas is 1-3 on the road this year, while Kansas State is 7-1 at home. These two teams are fairly evenly matched as far as talent, but I expect the home court advantage in Manhattan to carry Kansas State to a victory.
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