They have been the equivalent of the Dallas Cowboys. Texas is bound to be a contender in the NCAA tournament, but they need momentum heading into the conference tournament. After losing to Baylor, Texas is in a state of mediocrity. The Longhorns vs Jayhawks game is taking place on Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday afternoon.
Longhorns vs Jayhawks Betting Preview
The last time they met, the Longhorns pulled off a three-point win. KU lost an embarrassing game to bubble-team TCU. Neither side has any momentum, but Texas needs this much more, having a roller-coaster season. However, when they’ve been rolling, they haven’t stopped.
Through stretches where Texas has been ice cold, the basketball team has looked worse than their football team. This game is a make-or-break game for the Longhorns. Perhaps it sends shock waves through the Big 12 and could propel them into the tournament. Or, as with most things that happen to Texas fans, they just disappoint. This game is truly a must-win for Texas.
Game Betting Odds & Analysis
When these teams met about a month ago, Texas heavily relied on their top scorer, Timmy Allen. Allen didn’t shy away, shooting 65% and scoring 24 points. He’s why the Longhorns have been winning this season. The Longhorns are not always efficient offensively, which is how Kansas can take over this game.
The Jayhawks forced Texas to shoot 15% from three-point range. Kansas has more stars and a better team than Texas. The Jayhawks average 79 points per game. Their star players-Ochai Agbaji, David McCormack, and Dajuan Harris Jr.-are usually forces to be reckoned with, though nonexistent against Texas..
Texas has the 16th-highest defensive Kenpom rating. Coach Chris Beard preaches defense, and the last time these teams squared off, Beard forced Kansas to play through a lot of their supporting players rather than its stars. That earlier win against Kansas pulled Texas out from mediocrity into a contender. With this win, it could do just that again.
The 21st-ranked Longhorns need this win against No. 6 Kansas. As in the prior meeting, expect a close one. Texas has been a monster defensively, but a lack of offense has been killer all year.
It’s just a matter of time before Kansas limits possessions and forces Texas to shoot. This game is an excellent way to close out the regular season, and these two teams will fight until the very end. This won’t be the last team we see these teams face one another. A Texas win could go a long way later in March. They need this momentum swing, and this win is the first step to get it.
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