Last Updated Feb 07, 2023, 11:23 AM
Texas vs. Kansas Picks, Predictions, Odds
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The Texas Longhorns haven't won a share of the regular season Big 12 Championship since 2008, and they haven't won the regular season conference title outright since 1999. Although they had some solid teams and players under Rick Barnes and Shaka Smart, they were unable to get past Big 12 basketball juggernaut Kansas.
The Jayhawks have reigned supreme over the conference for most of the last quarter century, but they are currently 6-4 and two games behind the Longhorns in the conference standings. If Kansas falls to Texas on Monday night, the Longhorns stand a very good chance of winning at least a share the conference title for the first time in 15 years.
On Monday, February 6, 2023, the Kansas Jayhawks will play host to the Texas Longhorns. This game will be played at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas with tip off scheduled at 9:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.
Texas Longhorns vs. Kansas Jayhawks Betting Prediction
Kansas is in a strange place. The defending national champions have been in a real slump the last three weeks losing four of their last six games. There is no time to regroup in the extremely competitive Big 12 either, as Texas comes into town with an 8-2 record in conference play. All of the Longhorns' losses this season have come against Quad 1 teams, so this team has proven it doesn't have letdown games. That's enough for me to take my chances with Texas as a short road underdog here.
Score Prediction: Texas 73 Kansas 71
Best Bet: Texas +4
Texas Longhorns vs. Kansas Jayhawks Betting Odds
Texas Longhorns vs. Kansas Jayhawks Betting Resources
Date: Monday, Feb. 6, 2023
TV-Time: ESPN, 9:00 p.m. ET
Venue: Allen Fieldhouse
Location: Lawrence, Kansas
Texas Longhorns vs. Kansas Jayhawks Betting Stats
Straight Up (SU), Against the Spread (ATS), Over-Under (O/U)
Points Per Game (PPG), Opponents Points Per Game (OPPG)
Texas Longhorns Betting Analysis
Marcus Carr was stone cold from beyond the arc against Kansas State on Saturday, missing all five of his three-point attempts, but he has been great for the Longhorns this season. Carr leads Texas in points (16.4 PPG), assists (4.0 APG), and steals (1.7 SPG) after suffering a season-ending injury last year. He is the team's best three-point shooter to boot despite his recent struggles, making 38.7% of his threes. The only other person on Texas making more than 35% of his threes is Brock Cunningham, but he averages less than two attempts from beyond the arc per game.
This Texas offense ranks 13th in the nation in offensive efficiency according to Ken Pomeroy, and the only thing the Longhorns struggle with is shooting three-pointers. Texas is making 56% of its two-point attempts, and the team is also solid when it comes to making its free throws too. Christian Bishop, Dylan Disu, and Dillon Mitchell are all making at least 55% of their field goal attempts, and Timmy Allen is averaging 10.8 PPG and making 49.2% of his twos as the top scoring big man on the team.
New Mexico State transfer Sir'Jabari Rice and Iowa State transfer Tyrese Hunter are the other starting guards for Texas. Rice is the second-leading scorer on the team and an effective shooter, while Hunter has continued to struggle with his touch. Both players are good defenders though and help the Longhorns on the other end too.
Kansas Jayhawks Betting Analysis
Jalen Wilson continues to have a fine year as one of the few holdovers from last year's national championship winning team. Wilson has been one of the best players in the country this season, taking it upon himself to lead the Jayhawks. He leads the team with 21.5 PPG (ranking 10th in the nation in scoring), and he also ranks first on Kansas with 8.6 RPG. Wilson has scored at least 20 points in six straight games, but he has also run into foul trouble recently too.
Kansas needs potential lottery pick Gradey Dick to start playing well again. Dick is the second leading scorer on Kansas with 14.2 PPG, but the 6'8 freshman has finished with single-digit points in three of the Jayhawks' last five games. He has seemed to lose confidence in his perimeter shot even though he is making 42% of his threes this season, and that's an issue. Texas Tech transfer Kevin McCullar continues to struggle with his three-point shot too.
Dajuan Harris Jr. could be the X-Factor in this game. Harris is averaging 6.2 APG, and he ranks just outside of the top 50 nationally in assist rate. He has been reluctant to shoot at times and is the one starter on the team that isn't averaging 10 PPG or more,, but Kansas will need him to step up considering the trouble their bench has had this season.