A Big 12 battle in Austin, Texas is set as the Texas Longhorns and Kansas Jayhawks are fighting for better seeding as the conference tournament nears. Kansas is on the road riding a five game win streak while Texas has lost four of it’s last six games.
Kansas Jayhawks Preview: Looking to make it six in a row
Kansas has had an up down year like much of the blue bloods in college basketball. This team has experienced long winning streaks as well as long losing streaks, and at one point losing six games in a ten game stretch.
Kansas (17-7, 11-5) is in a much better position since their last meeting with Texas on January 2 where they were blown out. Following the loss, the Jayhawks went on to lose four more games in the month of January. Turn the calendar to February and Kansas enters this match up on a five game winning streak and appears to be hitting its stride at the right time.
The Jayhawks have 5 players that average in double figures, and they are led by Junior guard Ochai Agbaji who on the season is averaging 13.7 points per game and shooting 38 percent from three. Agbaji has struggled recently only scoring in double figures one time in his last three outings.
Freshman forward Jalen Wilson has been terrific for the Jayhawks on the defensive end of the ball and continues to put a ton of double doubles. On the season Wilson is averaging 12.7 points per game and 8 rebounds.
Texas Longhorns Preview: How much is the state issues affecting basketball program
The Longhorns find themselves facing their own struggles here of late. After climbing as high as No. 4 in the national rankings, they have fallen off and have fallen to No. 17 in the newest top 25 release. Aside from the Longhorns struggles, the state of Texas is going through hardships because of the recent cold front that just went through causing power outages across the state.
Texas (13-6, 7-5) has lost five of their last eight games including a 19 point lead that evaporated to a two point loss to West Virginia last weekend.
The Longhorns excel with their guard play and are led by junior guard Andrew Jones who is averaging 15.6 on 42% shooting on the season. Courney Ramey, the Texas sharpshooter, had 28 in the West Virginia loss but is shooting 45% from the three on the season and averaging 14.1 points per game. Senior guard Matt Coleman has increased his play of late and brought his season average up to 13.1 points per game.
Texas Longhorns vs Kansas Jayhawks Betting Odds & Lines:
Mybookie has the Texas Longhorns as -2.5 home point favorites against the Kansas Jayhawks. The 19 points blown lead in their last contest is going to carry over into this one. Texas has all the confidence from their earlier contest in January where they blew out Kansas (84-59).
Kansas is on a five game winning streak but those wins have come against the bottom tier of the conference. They have not fared well on the road against strong teams and have lost five of their last seven road games.
The Jayhawks lead the series 35-10 but Texas snapped a three game skid with their win back in January. Texas shot 12 for 26 from three point range and 49% from the field.
Free Betting Pick: Texas Longhorns -2.5