Last Updated Mar 04, 2023, 4:42 PM
Kansas vs. Texas Picks, Predictions, Odds
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Death, taxes, and the Kansas Jayhawks winning the Big 12. Kansas has now won at least a share of the Big 12 Championship in the regular season 17 times in Bill Self's 20 years in charge of the program. Things did look dicey for Kansas earlier in the year when the Jayhawks were 6-4 in conference play, but they have won seven straight games since that point to separate themselves from the pack in the toughest conference in America. Kansas is considered a probable No. 1 seed as the team with the most Quad 1 wins in the country, and the Jayhawks will look to lock that down with a win over the Texas Longhorns on Saturday in Austin.
The Kansas Jayhawks will head south to take on the Texas Longhorns in the final game of the regular season for both teams. These teams will meet on Saturday, March 4, 2023, at 4 p.m. ET at the Moody Center in Austin, Texas.
Kansas Jayhawks vs. Texas Longhorns Betting Prediction
In the first game between these two teams, Kansas bested Texas 88-80 as the Jayhawks played a more well-rounded game. Dajuan Harris and Kevin McCullar combined to dole out 11 assists, and the Jayhawks went to the free throw line 28 times. They might not go to the charity stripe as many times with the game in the Lone Star State, but Kansas should be able to get by a slumping Texas team that has dropped four of its last seven games and needed overtime to beat conference doormat Oklahoma at home.
Best Bet: Kansas +3 (-110)
Score Prediction: Kansas 82 Texas 75
Kansas Jayhawks vs. Texas Longhorns Betting Odds
Kansas Jayhawks vs. Texas Longhorns Betting Resources
Date: Saturday, Mar. 4, 2023
TV-Time: ESPN, 4:00 p.m. ET
Venue: Moody Center
Location: Austin, Texas
Kansas Jayhawks vs. Texas Longhorns Betting Stats
Straight Up (SU), Against the Spread (ATS), Over-Under (O/U)
Points Per Game (PPG), Opponents Points Per Game (OPPG)
Kansas Jayhawks Betting Analysis
Jalen Wilson is hoping to become the fifth Kansas player in the last seven years to be named the Big 12 Conference Player of the Year. Wilson leads the Jayhawks with 19.6 PPG and 8.3 RPG, and he is the team leader after being a role player on last year's national championship winning squad. He hasn't made more than 50% of his field goals in a game in over a month and he hasn't made a three-pointer since Valentine's Day, but he still make his impact felt on the court.
Freshman Gradey Dick continues to be viewed as a lottery pick by NBA scouts. The 6'8 guard is still Kansas' No. 2 scorer with 14.5 PPG and he is an elite shooter that is sinking 40.6% of his three-pointers on the season. His size makes it tough for opponents to stop him, and he led Kansas with 21 points in the earlier meeting against Texas. Additionally, Dick is a solid rebounder when he decides to crash the boards even though he definitely needs to put on some weight.
Dajuan Harris is one of the top point guards in the nation as a set-up man that can make it rain from distance. Harris is averaging 6.2 APG and making 42.9% of his threes on the season. Additionally, both Harris and McCullar are averaging 2.0 SPG, as this is arguably the best starting five in the nation. The big concern for Kansas going forward is the lack of a deep bench.
Texas Longhorns Betting Analysis
Texas has benefitted from zigging while other teams have zagged. Many teams have abandoned the mid-range game, but the Longhorns have taken advantage of teams ignoring it. That has helped this team rank in the top 20 in terms of offensive efficiency per Ken Pomeroy despite their woes from three-point range.
Marcus Carr and Sir'Jabari Rice have both developed mid-range jumpers to keep defenses off balance, and Carr and Rice are above average three-pointers too. Thus, it's no surprise that they are the leading scorers on the Longhorns with a combined 28.8 PPG. Additionally, Carr leads the team in assists and steals as the well-traveled guard is the best all-around player on the team.
The Longhorns have a lot of big men that they can throw at Kansas. Timmy Allen and Dylan Disu are the top frontcourt performers on Texas, and seniors Brock Cunningham and Christian Bishop play significant minutes. Cunningham is someone that Kansas can't allow to get going from range, as he is a very good perimeter shooter when he decides to put shots up.