Texas vs. Kansas Prediction & Odds
Number seven Texas and #3 Kansas face off at 6:00 PM ET Saturday night on ESPN for the Big 12 Tournament championship. Can the Jayhawks cover the 1.5-point spread as neutral-site favorites?
Texas is 25-8 on the year with their best wins coming over Kansas and Baylor. Their worst losses came against Illinois and Texas Tech. The Longhorns are 16-17 against the spread this season.
Kansas is 27-6 this season with their best wins coming over Texas and Baylor. Their worst losses came against Tennessee and Iowa State. The Jayhawks are 16-17 against the spread this year.
Game Matchup and Betting Odds
623 Texas Longhorns (+1.5) vs. 624 Kansas Jayhawks (-1.5); O/U 142
6:00 PM ET, Saturday, March 11, 2023
T-Mobile Center, Kansas City, MO
Texas vs. Kansas 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 83% of public bets are on Kansas -1.5. 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.
Texas Game Notes
Texas forward Timmy Allen is dealing with a leg injury and he’s officially listed as day-to-day with that ailment. It should be noted that Allen hasn’t played since March 4th and he appears unlikely to play in the Big 12 championship game Saturday. Allen is the Longhorns’ leading rebounder and ranks third on the team in scoring.
Texas forward Dylan Disu has been coming on of late. The 6’9” senior forward tied for the team lead in scoring with 15 points in the Longhorns’ win over TCU Friday night and he’s scored in double figures 6 times in his last 8 games. With Timmy Allen likely out Saturday, Texas will need production from Disu and fellow forward Christian Bishop if they’re going to cover this game.
Kansas Game Notes
Kansas guard Kevin McCullar Jr. missed Friday’s game against Iowa State with an undisclosed injury and he’s officially listed as questionable for Saturday’s tilt with Texas. McCullar is averaging 10.8 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 2.1 steals per game for the Jayhawks this year.
The Jayhawks’ best shooter is 6’8” freshman Gradey Dick. The Wichita, Kansas native leads the team in three-pointers made with 77 this season and he’s shooting a blistering 41.2% from beyond the arc this year. Dick has made multiple three-pointers in 8 of his last 10 games and may need to hit at least a pair of triples for Kansas to win and cover against Texas Saturday.
Texas vs. Kansas CBB Betting Trends
Texas is 7-15 ATS in their last 22 games following an ATS win.
Texas is 3-7 ATS in their last 10 neutral site games.
Kansas is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following an ATS win.
Kansas is 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
Texas vs. Kansas CBB Prediction:
Texas has had a hard time stringing together long winning streaks. Since the calendar flipped to 2023 the Longhorns haven’t won more than three games in a row. They are currently riding a three-game winning streak. Furthermore, the Longhorns are 6-14 ATS in their last 20 games following an outright win. They are playing the best team in the country coming off of a win and without their best big man on Saturday.
Kansas will be without head coach Bill Self Saturday as he’s in the hospital following an emergency medical procedure. Self has been in the hospital since Wednesday night, and the Jayhawks may find some extra motivation playing for their ailing head coach. Kansas is also aided by the location of this game: Kansas City, Missouri. The T-Mobile Center is only a 40-minute drive from the Jayhawks campus in Lawrence, Kansas, and this will be a virtual home game for them. I like the defending national champs to win the Big 12 Tournament once again.
CBB BETTING PREDICTION: KANSAS JAYHAWKS -1.5