Texas at Kansas Men’s College Basketball Odds, Free Pick & How To WatchNoah Williams
What a few months can change. The Texas Longhorns stood tall at No. 6 in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll in early December, five spots higher than the Kansas Jayhawks. Both squads entered conference play with a non-conference record of 11-2 but since the Longhorns have gone 6-9 and fallen out of the top 25 and possibly out of March Madness Bubble Team status, while the Jayhawks have won 11 of their 15 league games to lead the Big 12 standings going down the final stretch.
Today the Jayhawks are 7.5-point home favorites over the Longhorns at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas. The game tips at 5 PM ET on ESPN.
Matchup: Texas Longhorns at (8) Kansas Jayhawks
Date: Feb. 28, 2015
Start Time: 5:00 p.m. ET
Location: Lawrence, Kansas
Stadium: Allen Fieldhouse
TV Info: ESPN
Radio: Texas Vs Kansas
Point Spread: Kansas Jayhawks -7.5
— Texas Basketball (@TexasMBB) February 28, 2015
Texas Will Cover the Spread If
The Longhorns can find more balance on offense.
It’s either feast or famine for Texas’ guards and front line in each game. While the Texas front line usually dominates, the Longhorns changed tactics versus Iowa State. Cameron Ridley, Jonathan Holmes, and Myles Turner combined for 10 points. Isaiah Taylor scored 23 and Kendall Yancy scored 29. Wouldn’t you know it? Texas lost 77 to 85.
Versus Kansas earlier this season, Yancy and Taylor combined for 23 points because Yancy didn’t even score. Jonathan Holmes scored 14, but Myles Turner only had 8 and Cameron Ridley only scored 8. In order to cover the spread against Kansas in the rematch, Texas is going to have to find a middle ground somewhere. Both Yancy and Taylor have to produce from the guard position, but Holmes, Ridley and Turner also have to score points. If Texas can’t get production out of all 5 of those players, they’re going to be in trouble.
— Real Pantherchap (@Pantherchap2) February 27, 2015
Texas’ Projected Starting Lineup: Cameron Ridley (C), Jonathan Holmes (F), Connor Lammert (F) Isaiah Taylor (G), Kendal Yancy (G).
Kansas Will Cover the Spread If
Kansas can defend the three-point shot as well as they did in the first game.
The Jayhawks were 3 points dogs in the first match up against Texas. They found a way to break the game open some in the second half by outscoring Texas 43 to 32 and coasting to a 75 to 62 victory.
— Kansas Basketball (@KUHoops) February 27, 2015
The most glaring aspect between the two teams in that game was the three-point shooting percentage. Both teams rebounded well, Kansas grabbed 34 and Texas grabbed 36, and both teams shot close to each other from the field, Kansas shot 43.5% while Texas shot 40%, but when it came to three-point shooting, the Jayhawks dominated. Kansas took 18 three-point shots. They buried 6 of them for 33.3%.
Not great right? Right, until you study what Texas did from behind the arc. Even though they were at home, Texas was terrible from three-point range. They made only 3 out of 18 for 16.7%. If Kansas defends the three-point line as well in this game as they did in the last, they should cover the spread.
Kansas’ Projected Starting Lineup: Perry Ellis (F), Cliff Alexander (F), Kelly Oubre Jr. (G) Frank Mason III (G), Wayne Selden Jr. (G).