College Basketball Betting: Texas Longhorns vs. Kansas Jayhawks Pick



Texas Longhorns
(15-3, 10-3 ATS)

Kansas Jayhawks
(18-0, 8-8 ATS)

The Kansas Jayhawks have won 69 straight games on their home court and 18 straight overall. However, those marks are going to be threatened in a huge way in NCAA basketball betting action at Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday, as the Texas Longhorns are going to be bringing their ‘A’ game to these proceedings.

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The Longhorns are definitely a battle tested team, as they already have road wins at the Texas Tech Red Raiders, Michigan State Spartans, and North Carolina Tar Heels this year, and they nearly took down the Pittsburgh Panthers on a neutral court as well. The men in burnt orange are absolutely fantastic, and they are very deserving of their No. 11 ranking in the country. They average 78.2 points per game and allow just 61.3 points per game, and they are shooting almost nine percent better from the field as a team as their opponents. If Texas has one major drawback, it is that it is a horrible free throw shooting team, knocking down just 65.2 percent of its chances from the charity stripe. However, it makes up for it on the boards, where it holds over a 10.5 rebound per game advantage on its competition. Jordan Hamilton is going to be up for National Player of the Year when this season is said and done with, and for good reason. He leads UT in scoring at 19.7 points per game, and he already has four double-doubles on the campaign.

Kansas has been flirting with danger a lot this season, and it has five victories since December 2nd by seven points or fewer, including that OT game at the Michigan Wolverines back on January 9th. However, the Jayhawks come into this one off of a dominating 85-65 win over the Baylor Bears in which they pulled out the big time win as just 3.5 point favorites on the NCAA basketball odds. Depth is the key for this team, as Head Coach Bill Self has a squad that is shooting an NCAA best 52.4 percent from the field and is averaging the ninth most points in the game at 83.2 per night. Eight different players are averaging at least 5.7 points per game this year, led by the Morris brothers, Marcus and Markieff. However, the beauty of KU is that there isn’t a player on this team, starter or reserve, that is averaging more than 27 minutes per game, giving plenty of time for all to rest and to avoid trouble with fouls. In fact, there is only one player, Markieff Morris, who is averaging even three fouls on the average night, and it is very rare that Self loses a player due to fouling out.

We just love this Texas team, and we are going to love the fact that we are going to be catching a ton of points to boot in this one. The Jayhawks are due for a total collapse at home, and this is probably the best time that it could possibly happen in. We’re not so adventurous to call for the outright upset, but we do think that the Horns will hook themselves a cover in a close defeat on Saturday.

College Basketball Free Pick: Texas Longhorns

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