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Date/Time: February 16th, 9:00 pm ET
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The 2013 college basketball betting campaign continues on Saturday night at Phog Allen Fieldhouse, where the Kansas Jayhawks duke it out with the Texas Longhorns.
Texas is going to be one of the most dangerous teams down the stretch in the Big XII. The reason for that is that G Myck Kabongo, who has been ineligible for the mass majority of the season, is back in the fold for the team. The Longhorns really needed his offensive prowess, and he made it stand up right away against the Iowa State Cyclones. Kabongo put up 13 points in that game, and he now steps into the starting lineup, which includes G Sheldon McClellan and G Julien Lewis, both of which are double digit scorers as well. Of course, there is a real question as to whether this team is going to be able to hold it together for the rest of the campaign, knowing that there isn’t much to play for, save for maybe a spot in the NIT (barring winning the Big XII Tournament).
Kansas has been up and down quite a bit over the course of the last few weeks. A three-game losing streak really hurt the squad in terms of the prospects of a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. However, what really did help was a Monday night romp of the Kansas State Wildcats here at home. The team really isn’t totally back to itself yet, and we’ll feel better if we see a stellar defensive performance in this one. KU did finally get its offense going again in that game against the Cats, though. G Ben McLemore knocked down six of his 10 shots from beyond the arc and scored 30 points, while C Jeff Withey put up 17 points, 10 boards, and five blocks. If this is the type of way that this team plays for the rest of the year, this will be a club that is really tough to beat. Still, we aren’t all that convinced that this team is truly back to an elite status as of yet.
As we said before, this could be a very dangerous UT team down the stretch. The last time that these two teams met, without Kabongo in the fold, the Longhorns were ahead at intermission before ultimately losing by five. If they can keep that close at home with Kabongo not in there, they might be able to keep this one awfully close as well with Kabongo in there. Kansas 68 – Texas 62
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