KANSAS VS. TEXAS PREDICTION
The Kansas Jayhawks (17-7) are traveling to the Texas Longhorns (13-6). Both teams are on a five-game win streak, including wins against Texas Tech, Oklahoma State and two back-to-back wins over Iowa State.
On the other hand, Texas isn’t looking so great. Texas has lost four of its last six games, which includes a double-digit loss to Oklahoma State and a 14-point loss to Baylor.
Kansas prefers perimeter shots as Texas gives up more shots behind the arc. The same can be said about Texas as they do not prefer inside shots.
Four-year starter Matt Coleman has been the floor general these past three games. He is averaging 15 points per game on 80%, including 77.8% from the three-point range and 81.8% from the 2-point range. Coleman has also had two seven assist games. Look for him to be the playmaker against the Jayhawks.
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After an 0-3 performance from beyond the arc against TCU, Junior guard, Courtney Ramey, shot lights out in the matchup against the Mountaineers, hitting 7 of 8 shots from downtown. Even after shooting, 9-13 from the field, it was not enough as they lost 84-82. The squad will need similar production from him to have a chance to win against the red hot Jayhawks.
Kansas is an above squad in terms of shooting, ranked #107th in overall field goal percentage. The Texas defense has done well to keep their opponent’s opponents’ shooting percentages down, ranked as high as #37.
Texas ranks #33 in field goal percentage; however, Kansas has one of the country’s best defenses, ranking them #13.
Texas should have a slight rebounding advantage as they are above average when compared to their opponents. However, Sophomore forward Jalen Wilson of Kansas has turned his rebounding numbers from mid-January to early-February, where he couldn’t notch a double-digit rebounding game. Since then, he has become a different player, crashing both the offensive and defensive boards.
He has averaged eight defensive rebounds and three defensive rebounds in the last six games. He is ranked second in rebounds in the Big 12 and third in the nation in rebounds per game.
Wilson’s blocking game is important as neither team has a turnover advantage in this game. However, one stat that will be important in this contest is which team can acquire more free throws? Kansas should acquire more free throws because they have a big momentum advantage if everything goes right.
The issue is Kansas is one of the most inconsistent teams in D1 as Texas is closer to the average side. Kansas is under .500 on the road (4-5), but Texas is only (7-5) at home. Texas will end the season against the Texas Tech Raiders.
Kansas has a tough two games before they end the season. The last game is against the #2 Baylor Bears.
The Texas Longhorns look to have better seating than the West Virginia Mountaineers, and Kansas looks to pass the Oklahoma Sooners with two wins to finish out the season.
With both teams looking to make a statement. The Jayhawks should be able to upset the Longhorns at home.
Prediction: Kansas ML +125