Kansas vs. Texas Prediction & Odds
Number three Kansas heads to Austin to play #9 Texas on ESPN at 4:00 PM ET Saturday evening. Can the Jayhawks cover the 3.5-point spread as road underdogs?
Kansas is 25-5 on the year with their best wins coming over Baylor and Texas. Their worst losses came against TCU and Iowa State. The Jayhawks are 14-16 against the spread this season.
Texas is 22-8 this season with their best wins coming over Gonzaga and Baylor. Their worst losses came against Illinois and Texas Tech. The Longhorns are 13-17 against the spread this year.
Game Matchup and Betting Odds
657 Kansas Jayhawks (+3.5) vs. 658 Texas Longhorns (-3.5); O/U 148.5
4:00 PM ET, Saturday, March 4, 2023
Moody Center, Austin, TX
Kansas vs. Texas Public Betting Information
Our CBB Public Betting Information page indicates that the public favors the Jayhawks in this contest. Our public betting data illustrates that 56% of public bets are on Kansas +3.5. Do note that these numbers are subject to change and could be different once tipoff rolls around, so be sure to check the link so you’re receiving the most up-to-date public betting data.
Kansas Game Notes
The Jayhawks’ leading scorer and rebounder is junior forward Jalen Wilson. Wilson is averaging 19.6 points and 8.3 rebounds per game this season. Both figures lead the Big 12. Wilson has posted 16 games where he’s scored 20 points or more, and 10 games where he’s grabbed at least 10 rebounds. He will be integral to the outcome of this game.
Kansas’ main distributor is 6’1” guard Dajuan Harris Jr. The Columbia, Missouri native leads the Jayhawks in assists with 6.2 per game and is second on the club in steals with 2.0 per game. Harris had 17 points in the Jayhawks’ 88-80 win over the Longhorns on February 6th, and Kansas may need similar production from him to win and cover Saturday.
Texas Game Notes
Texas’ best player is senior guard Marcus Carr. The 6’2” Toronto native leads the Longhorns in scoring (16.6 points per game), assists (4.1 per game), steals (1.6 per game), and made three-pointers (70 in 30 games this season). Carr is the straw that stirs the drink for Texas and its offense.
Texas guard Tyrese Hunter is playing better as of late. The 6’0” sophomore from Racine, Wisconsin is averaging 13.7 points per game in his last three contests. He’s shooting 46.9% from the field in that same span. Hunter, Carr, and Sir’Jabari Rice may all have to score in double figures for Texas to cover against a tough Kansas team this weekend.
Kansas vs. Texas CBB Betting Trends
Kansas is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games against a team with a winning percentage over .600.
Kansas is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games.
Kansas is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
Texas is 7-19 ATS in their last 26 games following an ATS win.
Kansas vs. Texas CBB Prediction:
The Kansas Jayhawks are the defending national champions, and they’ve already clinched the regular season Big 12 title this season. They have the best straight-up road record in the conference at 7-3 and they're good against the spread on the road too. Kansas is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games against a team with a home winning percentage over .600. Kansas is also 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games against a team with a winning home record. Kansas has already beaten Texas once this season, and I think Denton, Texas native Jalen Wilson, and the Jayhawks complete the season sweep or come very close on Saturday. I’ll take Kansas and the points on the road.
CBB BETTING PREDICTION: KANSAS JAYHAWKS +3.5