Kansas at Texas Odds, Betting Pick & TV Info

Kansas at Texas Odds, Betting Pick & TV Info

Written by on February 24, 2017

No. 3 Kansas has clinched at least a share of the Big 12 regular-season title and it will be the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament. The Jayhawks have a magic number of win to officially take the outright title. They should get it Saturday as a solid college basketball odds favorite at disappointing Texas.

Kansas at Texas Odds, Betting Pick & TV Info

When: Saturday, Feb. 25, 6 PM ET Where: Frank Erwin Center, Austin TV: ESPN Stream: WatchESPN RadioKansas / Texas  Opening NCAAB Lines: Kansas favored by TBA

Why Bet On Kansas?

KU should rise to at least No. 2 in the polls on Monday with a win and perhaps No. 1 if Gonzaga should get upset this weekend. The Jayhawks have won an unthinkable 13 straight Big 12 titles. They clinched at least a share of one Wednesday with an 87-68 win over TCU. The 13 in a row ties UCLA (1967-79) for the most consecutive conference titles in college basketball history. The Jayhawks’ streak actually predates the Big 12 as we know it. In total, 14 teams have been in the conference during Kansas’ stretch, including Colorado and Nebraska (both left in 2011) and A&M and Missouri (both departed for the SEC one year later). West Virginia and TCU have joined the league since, and Kansas has kept winning. Kansas (25-3, 13-2 Big 12) kept the streak alive behind 20 points from National Player of the Year front-runner Frank Mason III and the 10th double-double of the season from freshman phenom Josh Jackson (15 points and 11 rebounds). Junior guard Devonte’ Graham added 17 points with a game-high seven assists, and sophomore forward Carlton Bragg Jr. tied his career high of 15 points with seven rebounds in 22 minutes. The Jayhawks have won an NCAA-leading 60 overall regular-season conference titles, which includes 17 crowns as a member of the Big 12 Conference. Mason III’s 20 points pulled his career total to 1,701, which puts him in 12th position on the all-time Kansas scoring list. Mason III has now led KU in scoring in 20 of 28 games this season, including 10 of the last 14 contests. Mason has 16 games of 20 or more points, including six of his last eight outings. Kansas was 16-of- 29 (55.2 percent) from the field in the second half. It marked the first half the Jayhawks hit better than 50 percent of their tries since they converted on 70 percent (19-of- 27) in the first half of their eventual overtime loss to Iowa State on Feb. 4. The Jayhawks’ 22 bench points were their most since the KU bench also tallied 22 points in the first meeting with TCU on Dec. 30. The Kansas bench has now outscored its opponents’ bench in five-straight games. Kansas’ 19-point victory was its largest in Big 12 play this season and marked its biggest margin of victory since the Jayhawks defeated UMKC by 43 points on Dec. 6, 2016.

Why Bet On Texas?

The Horns lost to No. 13 West Virginia 77-62 on Monday. Freshman forward Jarrett Allen scored 17 points on 7-of- 9 shooting from the field and added a team-high seven rebounds – plus perhaps the dunk of the year in the loss. (YouTube it). Texas (10-18, 4-11 Big 12) shot 44.9-percent (22-of- 49) from the field and hit 75-percent (15-of- 20) of its shots from the free-throw line. Kerwin Roach Jr. posted 13 points and five rebounds while converting 7-of-8 from the free throw line. Eric Davis Jr. contributed 14 points and four rebounds, while Andrew Jones added 11 points and a team-high four assists. Texas hit just 3-of- 13 (.231) from the three-point line on the night. Texas posted a 30-16 advantage in points in the paint. After averaging 10.7 ppg and 6.7 rpg in 28.3 mpg in his first 12 non-conference games, Allen has upped his production to a team-best 16.0 ppg and 9.9 rpg in 34.3 mpg through the first 15 Big 12 Conference games. UT has had 14 of its first 28 contests decided by 5 points or less. The Horns are 5-9 this year in games decided by 5 points or less and 3-7 in games decided by 3 points or less. All seven of UT’s home league contests have been decided by 4 points or less. Texas lost at Kansas 79-67 on Jan. 21. KU hovered between a six- and eight-point lead for most of the second half. The Jayhawks only pulled away with 60 seconds remaining. Texas opened the game with five turnovers in the first 4 minutes, letting the Jayhawks run out to a quick 10-point lead. Texas managed to cut the deficit to three points with 6 1/2 minutes remaining in the first half, but that was as close as the Longhorns would get.

Kansas at Texas Betting Pick:

Could this be a bit of a trap game for KU? Perhaps. Take what should be a solid number of points.