A Big 12 matchup is set to take place Saturday between the Texas Longhorns and the Kansas State Wildcats. Tipoff for this game is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET from Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Tx.
Texas (10-2, 4-1) comes into this game as the No. 4 team in the nation, while Kansas State (5-8, 1-4) is just hoping to survive with nearly a full team currently listed on its injury report.
These teams are polar opposites when it comes to the standings currently in the Big 12, with Texas sitting at second and Kansas State eighth.
If you’re betting online, Texas is listed as an 18-point favorite, with the over/under set at 133.
Needing A Bounce Back
The Wildcats come into this game having lost their last three games, two by double-digits. The biggest struggle for Kansas State is its inability to get players to score.
One of the only Wildcats averaging double figures is guard Mike McGuirl. In 13 games, McGuirl is averaging 12.5 points per game, 3.9 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per game. McGuirl is shooting 38.5% from the field.
Another guard who has been holding his own is Dajuan Gordon. Standing 6-4, Dajuan is the leading rebounder for the Wildcats, averaging 6.9 rebounds per game. He has also found some offensive success, averaging 10.5 points per game on 40.4% shooting.
The Wildcats are going to need someone to step up in a big way if they want to make headlines in college basketball news. The team will look to its center, 7-footer Davion Bradford, to make an impact. In 13 games, Bradford only has 53 shot attempts and averages 6.8 points per game.
How Will Texas Respond to a Loss?
Texas is coming into this game after a 40-minute battle withTexas Tech, in which the Longhorns lost by two points. That marked only their second loss of the season and first in conference play. The Longhorns will look to get back on track to make a deep NCAA March Madness run.
One of the biggest reasons for Texas’ success has been the play of its two senior guards. Andrew Jones has been the scoring leader for the Longhorns, averaging 14 points per game on 41% shooting.
The other senior, Matt Coleman III, has been able to put up one of his best seasons with the program. Averaging 13.6 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 4.3 assists, Coleman is the utility guy who helps a team in any aspect of the game.
The big factor in this game will be how freshman forward Greg Brown can control the paint. Brown is averaging 11.8 points and eight rebounds but will be the smaller of the Longhorns’ two forwards. Brown will have to find a way to make sure Bradford does not have a breakout game.
Kansas State vs Texas Basketball Betting Odds and Lines
Again, the Longhorns are currently 18-point favorites, and the over/under is set at 133.
Texas comes into this game 6-6 against the spread, while Kansas State is 3-9. The Longhorns are 7-5 on over/under, and the Wildcats are 5-7.
The Wildcats have not only lost their last three games, but they are also 1-3 against the spread in their last four. In their last five games, they are 1-4 over/under. Kansas State is 2-0 so far this season in covering the spread on the road.
The Longhorns have also had their struggles covering the spread in their last eight games, going 2-6. Texas, however, is on a five-game streak of hitting the over. Texas has also had issues covering the spread at home this year with a record of 2-5.
Trying to cover 18 is a lot of points. Texas will have to be extremely efficient offensively and stingy on the defensive side.
Kansas State vs Texas Basketball Pick: Take Kansas State and the points.