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Kansas Vs Texas Odds, Betting Tips & TV/Live Streaming Schedule

The 11th ranked Kansas Jayhawks travel to Austin to take on the 17th ranked Texas Longhorns.

The defending conference champion Jayhawks have only dropped one conference road match this season and it was to the Iowa State Cyclones leaving the two tied at the top of the Big 12 standings. While the Longhorns look to crawl back into contention after starting out conference play with back-to-back losses.

A Closer Look At The Kansas Vs Texas Odds, My Betting Tips & TV/Live Streaming Schedule

Matchup: No. 11 Kansas Jayhawks at No. 17 Texas Longhorns
Date: Jan. 24, 2015 
Start Time: 2:00 p.m. ET 
Location: Austin, Texas
Stadium: Frank Erwin Center
TV Info: CBS
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Radio: Kansas Vs  Texas
Point Spread: Texas Longhorns -3
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The Kansas Jayhawks Will Beat the Texas Longhorns If

  1. Their three-point shots are falling – The Jayhawks rock chalked their way to a 10 of 19, 52.6%, from behind the three-point line night against Oklahoma in an 85 to 78 victory over the Sooners. Kansas shoots a terrific 39.7% as a team from behind the arc. 6′ 7” guard Kelly Oubre Jr. shoots 42.2% from behind the three-point line.
  2. They can out run Texas – Kansas has scored more than 80 points in 3 out of their last 4 games. After getting run off their feet versus Oklahoma in a 49 to 70 loss, Coach Rick Barnes has told Texas players to push the tempo. That will suit Kansas just fine since there are very few teams that can run with the Jayhawks.
  3. They keep Texas’ giants from getting the ball in the paint – The Longhorns have a formidable frontline. In order to beat them, you have to prevent their bigs from getting the ball in the paint. Kansas needs to concentrate on defense on the ball to prevent passes to Texas’ big men.

The Texas Longhorns Will Beat the Kansas Jayhawks If

  1. They can limit Kansas’ shots – The Jayhawks shot the ball 60 times, and 19 three-pointers, against Oklahoma. The Sooners were fooled into thinking that they could stick with the Jayhawks so they attempted 25 three-pointers and 65 field goals. Limit Kansas’ shots by slowing the game down.
  2. Get the ball inside – 6′ 9” 285lb Cameron Ridley is a space eater. 6′ 8” 240lb Jonathan Holmes is not only a space eater but he’s got a soft touch with the ball. Texas brings 6′ 11” 240lb Myles Turner, their leading scorer with 11.8 points per game, off the bench. Get the ball inside, Texas, and watch good things happen.
  3. Guard Isaiah Taylor plays within himself – Taylor needs to let the game come to him and pick his spots. The point-guard had 3 turnovers against TCU and 6 versus Texas Tech. He tends to push a bit too much when Texas is on the fast break. What he should do is understand that Kansas is not TCU. He’ll have to be calm with the basketball and set up the Longhorns’ big men in order for Texas to win.   

Kansas Jayhawks vs Texas Longhorns Betting Trends

  1. The Jayhawks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following win and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
  2. The Longhorns are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games vs. a team with a winning record however, just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games.

Bet On the Texas Longhorns to Beat the Kansas Jayhawks

Kansas has been close to unbeatable lately, but they don’t seem to have the shutdown defense that they’ll need in order to beat Texas on the road. The Jayhawks won’t be able to pummel the Longhorns with their fast break and since they allow close to 65 points and 41% shooting from the field, Texas could be more efficient than Rock Chalk with their possessions.

If Texas gets Kansas in a half-court game, they should definitely beat the Jayhawks.

My Final Score Prediction:  Texas Longhorns 63, Kansas Jayhawks 60