Kansas Jayhawks (16-4) vs Texas Longhorns (11-9)Date : 01/29/2019
Time : 7:00 pm EST
Location : Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Texas
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Kansas Jayhawks vs Texas Longhorns
The 10th ranked Kansas Jayhawks will travel to the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas, to battle the Texas Longhorns for a Big 12 Showdown on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Texas enters this game reeling at this point in the season as they are losers of four the last five games, overall, with their last coming at the hands of the Georgia Bulldogs as they not only allowed the home team to score 46 points in the first half, but, also permitted 52 points in the second half as the Bulldogs begin to pull away from a Longhorns team that shot 48% from the floor while nailing 12 3-pointers. Of course, the problem for the Longhorns is that they allowed 60% shooting to a struggling offense for the Georgia Bulldogs while the home team was also able to connect on 60% of their 3-pointers on the night as Tyree Crump led the team with 21 points while going 6-8 from long range.
On the other hand, The Kansas Jayhawks came out unsuccessful in their matchup with one of the SEC’s best in the Kentucky Wildcats as this was certainly a defensive-minded contest from start to finish as both teams shot under 40% from the floor, yet, Kentucky’s ability to get to the free-throw line as well as outrebound the Jayhawks throughout the contest proved to be essential in them picking up the victory.
Kansas Jayhawks's Latest Performance :
The Jayhawks certainly did not have it versus the Kentucky Wildcats as their defense, which held the Wildcats to just 39% shooting from the floor, was not able to bring home the victory despite the offense being able to connect on nine 3-pointers compared to four for Kentucky. The Wildcats also outrebounded the Jayhawks by a huge margin while also getting to the free-throw line twice as many times throughout the duration of the contest en route to the victory.
Washington and Travis led the way with 20 and 18 points, respectively, for the Kentucky Wildcats while Keldon Johnson powered in a double-double on the night as he scored 15 points while pulling down five rebounds in the win for the Wildcats. On the other hand, Dedric Lawson kept the Jayhawks in the game as he finished with 29 points while going 7 – 18 from the floor in addition to also pulling down 15 rebounds for the road team. And despite Lagerald Vick along with Quentin Grimes chipping in 11 points each will Kansas, it was simply not enough as the Wildcats began to pull away late in the game in which to wrestle control of this game from the Wildcats while also sealing the victory in the meantime.
Nonetheless, The Jayhawks continue to sit atop the Big 12 standings and will be facing a Texas Longhorns team that has lost five of its last six games, overall. In fact, Texas has lost three of their last five games at Frank Erwin Center. Nonetheless, one should certainly look for an interesting Big 12 matchup amongst these two squads as much is on the line at this point in the season, thus making a win imperative.
Texas Longhorns's Latest Performance :
Nineteen points from Courtney Ramey along with 16 points for Kerwin Roach II was simply not enough as the Georgia Bulldogs were on fire from the floor on this night as they shot 60% from the floor as well as 70% from three-point range as Tyree Crump led the Bulldogs with 21 points while Tesean Hightower also chipped in 18 as well for a Bulldog offense that has struggled throughout the season, yet ended the game with five double-digit scorers, total.
Also, for the Longhorns, Dylan Osetkowski chipped in 15 points along with seven rebounds as the Longhorns shot 48% from the floor while also connecting on 12 3-pointers on the night, however, Georgia’s ability to rebound the ball along with get to the free-throw line ultimately sealed the victory for the home team in the end. Furthermore, despite committing 26 turnovers of the night Georgia was able to pull out the victory while also capitalizing on 15 turnovers for the Longhorns as well.
And despite allowing 98 points to the Georgia Bulldogs, the Texas Longhorns continue to remain a very solid defensive team in allowing just 42% shooting for opponents on a nightly basis. The problem has been their offensive consistency as Texas only connects on 43% of their shots per outing versus opponents. They will certainly be looking to have a much better offensive showing versus a Kansas team that has also struggled on the offensive end lately and will be looking to come out of their present funk after their loss to the Kentucky Wildcats in their last time out, a game to where they shot under 40% from the floor while posting just 63 points.
How Kansas Jayhawks & Texas Longhorns Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Kansas is 8 – 12 ATS while the OU is 11 – 8
Texas is 7 – 13 ATS while the OU is 8 – 12
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
With defenses that allow opponents to shoot 41% or less from the floor on a nightly basis, look for the under the be the playing this contest as the defense for both Texas as well as Kansas will be facing inconsistent offenses that have not been able to score with any kind of consistency recently as well as throughout the season. While the Jayhawks certainly remain to be the team to beat in the Big 12 Conference, they have have ongoing bouts of inconsistency as well on both ends of the floor. It is for this reason that I expect this game to be a back-and-forth affair to where both teams will be looking to kick-start their offenses by pushing the ball constantly.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Kansas Jayhawks
My reason for the pick :
I will back Kansas in this contest as they will certainly get back on track versus the Texas Longhorns after a disastrous outing versus the Kentucky Wildcats. Of course, one should also look for Texas to come out with a huge amount of focus and intensity for this matchup as well as they will certainly look to clean up their act at home. Nonetheless, the Jayhawks will weather the storm throughout the course of this game while pulling away in the second half in getting a much-needed Big 12 victory in the end.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
Again, look for both teams to take center stage in this matchup as each will certainly be looking to put in a much better defensive performance than in their last outing(s). And while the over has been the play for the majority of games for both these teams recently, I will certainly expect the total to not surpass its set limit in this contest due to the effectiveness of both defensive units. In other words, Kansas and Texas will certainly limit quality looks at the basket for their opponents in this contest, thus affecting the overall total in the end.
Betting trends for Kansas Jayhawks:
- The Jayhawks are 2-4 against the spread in last 6 games
The under is 5-3 in Jayhawks last eight games
Betting trends for Texas Longhorns:
- The Longhorns I 1-6 against the spread in last 7 games
The over is 4-1 in Longhorns last 5 games