NCAAB Betting: Kansas State at Texas Analysis
One of the surprising teams in college basketball resides in Austin, Texas. At the end of last season, many were speculating if Shaka Smart would return. Smart had come into Austin to turn the Texas program around, but after five seasons, two NCAA Tournament bids, and zero NCAA Tournament victories, many were calling for change. After a great start to the season, those same people who were calling for his job are now happy that he stayed. Let’s take a closer look at the upcoming Kansas State Vs Texas matchup so you can bet against their College Basketball odds.
Kansas State at Texas Betting Preview
The Longhorns enter Saturday’s home contest with the Kansas State Wildcats with a 10-2 record. They’re coming off of a heartbreaking loss to Texas Tech on Wednesday night. Mac McClung’s buzzer beating shot gave the Longhorns just their second loss of the season, and first in Big 12 play. Their other loss came at the hands of the 3rd-ranked Villanova Wildcats.
This year’s Longhorns squad is capable of making a Final Four run. The Longhorns are good on both ends of the floor. They’re in the top 15 in both offensive and defensive efficiency ratings by KenPom. They have at least two future NBA players, and they have four players averaging double figures in scoring. Considering all of these factors, the Longhorns have the making for an extended run in March.
Andrew Jones leads the Longhorns in scoring at 14 points per game. Jones basically missed two seasons after his Leukemia diagnosis. Jones and his backcourt mates Courtney Ramey and Matt Coleman are responsible for nearly 40 of Texas’s 75 points per game. Forward Greg Brown, who averages nearly 12 points per game is the Longhorns leading rebounder, grabbing eight boards per game.
Things haven’t gone so well for the Kansas State Wildcats this season. Bruce Weber’s crew is off to a 5-8 start on the season. They’re currently sitting at 1-4 in the Big 12, with their lone victory coming over the last place Iowa State Cyclones.
Scoring seems to be an issue for Kansas State. They’re averaging just 65 points per game, ranking them 328th in Division 1 College Basketball. This doesn’t bode well for them on Saturday, as Texas has one of the best defenses in college basketball. They also struggle on the defensive end of the floor. They’re giving up over 71 points per game. They also have rebounding issues. They only grab an average of 31.4 rebounds per game, ranking them 361st in Division 1. Teams are hitting the offensive glass hard, and getting easy putbacks against the Wildcats.
The Frank Erwin Center will play host to Saturday night’s Big 12 contest. Texas has yet to lose a game at home this season. This should be an easy one for Texas, but you can never overlook one of Bruce Weber’s teams. On paper this should be a blowout for Texas, but if they’re still reeling from their loss to Texas Tech on Wednesday, the Longhorns could be ripe for the picking. If Texas comes ready to play, this could be a very long night for the Kansas State Wildcats, and could add to an already dismal season.