Texas Longhorns vs Kansas Jayhawks Prediction, 1/2/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Texas Longhorns vs Kansas Jayhawks
Date: Saturday, January 2, 2021
Location: Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, KS
Odds/Point Spread: Texas (+4)
The Kansas Jayhawks (8-1) play the Texas Longhorns (7-1) at Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday. Texas opens this matchup as 4-point dogs. The total opens at 137.
Texas enters this contest with a win-loss mark of 7-1 on the campaign. The Longhorns are hitting 33.0% from downtown (64 of 194) and 72.1% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 74.8 pts per contest (142nd in college basketball) while going 44.4% from the field. They are giving up possession 13.6 times per game and as a squad are committing 22.8 personal fouls every game. As a unit, Texas is grabbing 40.1 boards per game and has accounted for 106 dimes this year, which is 143rd in college basketball in terms of passing the rock. Defensively, the Longhorns are able to force 12.9 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 18.3 fouls. They are conceding 27.0% on 3-point shots and they are 43rd in college hoops in PPG allowed (62.5). The Longhorns defensively are allowing a field goal percentage of 38.4% (172 of 448) and they concede 34.9 rebounds per contest as a group. They are ranked 44th in college basketball in allowing assists to their opponents with 61 surrendered so far this season.
The Texas Longhorns faced off with the Oklahoma State Cowboys and notched a win by a score of 77-74 in their last contest. Texas ended with a 38.1% FG percentage (24 out of 63) and made 9 of 27 3-point shots. From the free throw line, the Longhorns made 20 of their 26 attempts for a percentage of 76.9%. Regarding pulling down boards, they collected 42 with 14 of them being of the offensive sort. They also doled out 9 dimes in this game in addition to earning 6 steals and 6 blocks. Pertaining to defending, Texas allowed their opponent to shoot 38.1% from the floor on 24 of 63 shooting. Oklahoma State recorded 7 dimes and had 3 steals for this contest. Furthurmore, the Cowboys pulled down 35 boards (9 offensive, 26 defensive) and got 6 blocked shots. Oklahoma State finished the game at 61.9% at the free throw line by knocking down 13 of their 21 shots. They made 5 of 17 shots from beyond the perimeter.
Greg Brown is one guy who was a factor in this game. He racked up 24 points on 7 out of 14 shooting. He saw the court for 26 mins and also grabbed 14 boards. Brown finished the game at 50.0% from the field and also recorded 2 assists. Someone else that was a major contributor in the matchup for the Longhorns was Andrew Jones. He grabbed 7 rebounds and totaled 4 assists. He shot 47.1% from the floor for the game by going 8-of-17 (22 points). Overall, Jones saw the court for 34 minutes.
Kansas has a win-loss record of 8-1 on the campaign. On the offensive side of the court, the Jayhawks are connecting on 44.0% from the floor, which ranks 205th in the nation. Kansas has 708 points on the season (78.7 per game) and they average 42.9 boards per game. They are assisting teammates 14.1 times per contest (152nd in college basketball) and they turn the ball over 13.0 times per game. The Jayhawks are committing 16.0 personal fouls every game and they go 72.1% from the free throw line. The Jayhawks defensively are ranked 97th in college hoops in PPG given up with 66.1. The Kansas defense allows 30.0% on shots from behind the 3-point line (64 of 213) and their opponents are knocking down 66.0% of their free throw attempts. They allow 10.0 dimes and 33.6 boards on a nightly basis, ranking them 31st and 110th in college basketball. They are forcing 13.2 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 39.5% from the field (68th in D-1).
In their last game, the Kansas Jayhawks got the victory with a final of 79-65 when they faced the West Virginia Mountaineers. The Jayhawks were able to pull down 20 defensive rebounds and 17 offensive rebounds for a total of 37 in this contest. They stuffed 5 tries while earning 4 steals in this contest. The Mountaineers committed 13 fouls for the game which got the Jayhawks to the charity stripe for 10 attempts. They were able to bury 7 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 70.0%. Concerning shots from distance, Kansas knocked down 16 of 37 tries (43.2%). When the game finished, the Jayhawks ended up shooting 28 out of 63 from the field which gave them a percentage of 44.4%. The Jayhawks allowed the Mountaineers to make 26 of their 63 attempts from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 41.3% in this game. They shot 34.8% from distance by going 8 of 23 and ended up going 5 out of 10 at the charity stripe (50.0%). When talking about how they attacked the glass, Kansas allowed West Virginia to pull down 36 in all (18 on the offensive glass).
Christian Braun pitched in for the Jayhawks for the matchup. He buried 7 of 14 in this matchup for a rate of 50.0%, which had him sitting at 22 points. Braun snagged 4 rebounds in his 35 minutes played and had 7 assists for the matchup. Another guy who came through for Kansas was Jalen Wilson. He walked away with 17 points in his 32 minutes played via 6 of 14 from the floor for the contest. Wilson ended the game having shot 42.9% from the floor in addition to collecting 4 assists and 7 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Texas (+4)
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