College Basketball Predictions: Kansas Jayhawks vs. Texas Longhorns

Kansas Jayhawks vs. Texas Longhorns
Saturday, 2/1/14, 4:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Kansas -3.5
Current Betting Line:  Kansas -4
Opening Total:  N/A
Current Total:  N/A
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The Texas Longhorns are 2-2 ATS as home underdogs of 3.5 to 6 points the last two-plus seasons

The Texas Longhorns are 2-2 ATS as home underdogs of 3.5 to 6 points the last two-plus seasons

Kansas has won seven games in a row, including a 92-81 victory over the Iowa State Cyclones as 7.5-point home favorites Wednesday, while going OVER the betting total for a fourth consecutive contest.  The Jayhawks are averaging 80.2 points per game, which has led directly to a +10.4 scoring margin—something to consider when making your college basketball predictions.  The team has out-rebounded 17 of 20 opponents this season, including six of seven during Big 12 Conference play.  Kansas is 3-3 ATS as road favorites of 3.5 to 6 points the last two-plus seasons.

The Jayhawks have four probable starters averaging in double figures, with freshman guard Andrew Wiggins leading the way at 16.5 points per game, as he’s coming off a career-high 29-point performance versus the Cyclones.  Kansas is 22-7 SU against Texas, including wins in five straight and eight of the last nine meetings.  Offensively, the team saw all five of its starters score in double figures for the first time since taking on Michigan in the 2013 NCAA Tournament.

Texas enters on a five-game winning streak, which includes a 74-60 victory over the Baylor Bears as 5.5-point road underdogs last Saturday, while going UNDER the betting total for a second consecutive contest.  The Longhorns have held their last five opponents to an average of 66.6 points, which can’t be ignored when looking over the college basketball odds page.  The squad has four probable starters averaging in double figures, with junior forward Jonathan Holmes leading the way at 12.9 points a contest.  Texas is 2-2 ATS as home underdogs of 3.5 to 6 points the last two-plus seasons.

The Longhorns have compiled a solid 32-18 SU record against ranked opponents under Rick Barnes at the Erwin Center, including a 13-9 mark versus top-10 foes.  Texas will need a huge performance out of freshman point guard Isaiah Taylor to pull off the upset, as he’s averaging 13.4 points and recorded 16 assists against 10 turnovers over his last five contests.

Sports bettors will likely back the home team due to their 4-1 ATS mark in the last five meetings in this series.

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