Texas Longhorns vs Kansas State Wildcats Prediction, 2/4/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Texas Longhorns vs Kansas State Wildcats
Date: Saturday, February 4, 2023
Location: Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, KS
The Texas Longhorns (18-4) are traveling to Bramlage Coliseum on Saturday where they will play the Kansas State Wildcats (18-4).
The Texas Longhorns faced off with Baylor and earned the victory with a final of 76-71 in their last game. Texas finished the contest with a 47.3% field goal percentage (26 of 55) and knocked down 8 out of their 22 three-point attempts. When they shot from the free throw line, the Longhorns converted 16 of their 23 attempts for a percentage of 69.6%. Pertaining to hauling in rebounds, they earned 35 with 8 of them being of the offensive variety. They also recorded 14 assists for the game in addition to forcing the opposition into 9 turnovers and having 7 steals. In regard to defense, Texas let their opponent shoot 36.8% from the floor on 25 out of 68 shooting. Baylor distributed 9 assists and had 5 steals in the matchup. In addition, Baylor snagged 29 rebounds (9 offensive, 20 defensive), but wasn't able to record a block. Baylor finished the game at 81.3% at the charity stripe by knocking down 13 of 16 attempts. They buried 8 of 26 tries from 3-point land. Concerning fouls, the Longhorns finished with 18 while Baylor accumulated 17 fouls.
Sir'Jabari Rice is a guy who played a role in the matchup. He notched 21 points on 5 out of 7 shooting. He saw the court for 24 mins and also snagged 6 rebounds. He ended up going 71.4% from the field and also dished out 1 assist.
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Texas will enter this contest with a win-loss record of 18-4 so far this season. They lose possession via turnover 11.9 times per game and as a squad they commit 17.9 fouls per contest. As a team, Texas is pulling down 35.3 boards per contest and has earned 365 assists on the year, which has them ranked 22nd in college hoops in terms of passing the ball. The Longhorns are hitting 33.3% from downtown (157 of 471) and 74.6% from the free throw line. They average 79.9 pts per game (28th in college hoops) while going 48.1% from the field.
Defensively, the Longhorns are able to force 16.0 turnovers per contest and they draw 18.0 personal fouls. They are surrendering 32.8% on shots from beyond the arc while they are 128th in the nation in PPG allowed (67.7). The Longhorns defense is allowing a shooting percentage of 42.1% (519 of 1,234) and they relinquish 34.0 boards per contest as a team. They currently rank 84th in the nation in allowing assists to their opponents with 251 conceded so far this season.
The last time they took the court, the Kansas State Wildcats took a defeat with a final score of 90-78 when they faced Kansas. The Wildcats earned 32 defensive boards and 7 offensive boards totaling 39 in this game. They also turned it over 13 times, while recording 4 steals for the matchup. Kansas had 23 fouls in the game which took the Wildcats to the free throw line for a total of 36 attempts. They were able to make 31 of them for a rate of 86.1%. When talking about shooting from downtown, Kansas State knocked down 7 of their 21 tries (33.3%). When the game finished, the Wildcats went 20 out of 59 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 33.9%. The Wildcats permitted Kansas to make 27 of their 67 attempts from the floor which left them with a shooting percentage of 40.3% in this game. They finished 40.7% from downtown by shooting 11 out of 27 and finished the contest at 25 out of 35 at the charity stripe (71.4%). In reference to how they cleaned up the glass, Kansas State permitted Kansas to grab 42 in total (11 on the offensive side).
Markquis Nowell ended up being a major contributor for the Wildcats for this game. He knocked down 5 out of 18 in the game for a rate of 27.8%, and added 3 rebounds. He totaled 23 points in his 39 minutes on the court and had 4 assists in this game.
Kansas State has a mark of 18-4 on the year. In terms of offensive execution, the Wildcats are hitting on 45.7% from the field, which is ranked 119th in college basketball. Kansas State has tallied 1,698 points so far this year (77.2 per contest) and they collect 36.0 boards per game. They are assisting teammates 17.4 times per contest (10th in the country) and they lose possession via turnover 13.7 times per contest. The Wildcats commit 17.5 personal fouls every game and they shoot 74.6% from the free throw line.
The Wildcats are ranked 155th in college basketball in points given up per game with 68.3. They are forcing their opponents into 15.1 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 41.7% from the field (85th in D-1). The Kansas State defense surrenders 29.2% on 3-point shots (131 of 449) and their opposition makes 67.5% of their shots from the free throw line. They surrender 13.4 dimes and 34.2 total rebounds per game, which ranks them 230th and 195th in college hoops.
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Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Texas
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