#23 Kansas vs #12 Texas

#23 Kansas vs #12 Texas | 2021 NCAA Basketball Expert Analysis

Written by on February 22, 2021

The lone matchup of ranked teams around the nation on Tuesday is from the Big 12 as No. 23 Kansas visits No. 12 Texas – although the rankings could change Monday. Texas will be favored on the NCAAB odds. The Horns are +3000 to win the national title and Jayhawks +3700.

How to Bet Kansas at Texas NCAA Basketball Odds & TV Info

  • When: Tuesday, 9 PM ET
  • Where: Frank Erwin Center
  • TV: ESPN
  • Stream: ESPN app
  • Radio:com
  • Opening NCAAB Lines: TBA (Texas will be favored)

Last Meeting

When the teams met in Lawrence on Jan. 2, the Horns were ranked No. 8 and Kansas No. 3 and Texas pulled a shocking 84-59 upset. That tied the most lopsided win by an opponent in the 65-year history of storied Allen Fieldhouse. The other 35-point beatdown of KU was by Missouri, 91-66, on Feb. 1, 1989. Courtney Ramey scored 18 points to lead five players in double-figures scoring for Texas. The win also snapped a three-game skid against the Jayhawks, who had won 16 of 17 against the Longhorns and had been 16-1 against them in games played inside Allen Fieldhouse. Kansas shot just 31 percent overall and was 3-for-23 from deep.

Why Bet on Texas? | 2021 NCAA Basketball Expert Analysis

This is UT’s home finale. The Horns (13-6) lost 84-82 at home on Saturday to No. 13 West Virginia. The Mountaineers outscored the Longhorns 41-20 over the final 18:18. Sean McNeil keyed the comeback by scoring 13 points over an eight-minute stretch in the second half to pull the Mountaineers to within three, 74-71.

Deuce McBride’s 3 with 6:29 left tied the game at 76, and a pair of Taz Sherman free throws with 4:35 remaining gave West Virginia its first lead of the game. All eight of the Mountaineers’ points over the remaining 6:28 came from the free throw line. The Longhorns went scoreless over the remaining 2:55, going 0 for 4 from the floor and missing eight of their final 10 field goal attempts.

A big factor in WVU’s comeback was Texas star Courtney Ramey picking up his fourth foul with 9:38 left and Texas leading by seven. When he finally returned to the floor five minutes later, the Mountaineers were leading 77-76.

Ramey had a career-high 28 points in the loss. He converted 9-of-13 field goals, including a career-best 7-of-8 from three-point range, in 28 minutes. The 7 three-pointers made marked the most by a UT player since Jase Febres hit 7-of-10 threes against Central Michigan (Dec. 14, 2019).

Senior guard Matt Coleman III recorded 20 points while hitting 8-of-9 field goals, including 4-of-5 from beyond the arc, and added seven assists in 38 minutes. Coleman topped the 20-point mark (20 points) for the second time this season (19 games) and 11th time in his career (120 games). Senior forward Jericho Sims added 14 points while converting 7-of-9 field goals in 24 minutes.

Texas hit 54.2-percent (32-59) from the floor, including a season-high 14-of-26 (season-best 53.8-percent) from three-point range during the contest. WVU converted 26-of-37 from the free throw line, while the Longhorns hit 4-of-10 free throws. UT had 53 points while hitting 70-percent from the floor (21-30), including a 58.3-percent mark (7-12) from three-point range, in the opening half. It was the most points scored by UT in any half this season.

Why Bet on Kansas? | 2021 NCAA Basketball Expert Analysis

Kansas (17-7) won its fifth in a row Saturday, 67-61 at home vs. No. 15 Texas Tech. Kansas led wire-to-wire, the first time the Jayhawks led the whole game over a ranked opponent since Dec. 8, 2019, when Kansas defeated No. 20 Colorado, 72-58.

Red Raiders sophomores Kevin McCullar and Terrence Shannon, Jr. hit a pair of 3-pointers to help cut a 12-point deficit to three in the final minute, but Kansas responded with Christian Braun hitting one of his own with 21 seconds remaining.

The Red Raiders are 1-20 all-time in Lawrence, while the Jayhawks completed the season sweep after also picking up a 58-57 win in Lubbock back on Dec. 17. Tech committed only nine turnovers this time but was only able to force six from the Jayhawks who led 31-25 at halftime.

KU had five scorers in double figures with junior big man David McCormack leading the way with 17 points, shooting 7-10 from the field. Junior Ochai Agbaji had 14 points and redshirt-freshman Jalen Wilson had 11 points, his eighth straight game scoring in double figures, and 11 rebounds. Wilson recorded his eighth double-double of the season and scored in double figures for the eighth straight game.

KU senior Marcus Garrett and sophomore Braun each scored 10 points for the contest to mark Kansas’ fifth game with five or more players in double figures this season.

Kansas shot 25-61 (41%) from the field, 8-26 (30.8%) from three-point range, and 9-12 (75%) from the free-throw line. KU held Texas Tech to 22-52 (42.3%) from the field, 5-15 (33.3%) from three-point range, and 12-19 (63.2%) from the free-throw line.

Kansas improved to 11-5 in Big 12 play, giving KU 11 league wins for the 27th consecutive season beginning in 1994-95. Kansas also improved to 11-1 in Allen Fieldhouse this season, 813-115 all-time in the venue, including 275-15 under head coach Bill Self.

Expert Prediction

  • Texas 70, Kansas 69

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