Kansas Jayhawks vs Texas Longhorns Betting Odds and Free College Football Predictions


Kansas Jayhawks
Kansas Jayhawks
10-2 (2-0 V)
9:00 pm ET, Friday, December 29, 2017
Frank Erwin Center, Austin
Texas Longhorns
Texas Longhorns
9-3 (6-1 H)
ESPN2
 
Kansas Jayhawks vs Texas Longhorns Betting Odds and Free College Football Predictions

Texas and No. 11 Kansas renew their basketball rivalry on Friday at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas, in their respective Big 12 Conference openers.

But, given the overall difficulty in the upcoming schedule and the balance of the league's teams, this game is more a chance to get off on the right foot rather than make a statement to carry through March.

Six teams in the Big 12 are ranked in the latest Top 25 poll, led by No. 7 West Virginia, and the league's 10 teams hit their round-robin conference play grid with a combined record of 112-15. None of the squads have more than three losses.

Even with the league's strength and parity, the Jayhawks (10-2) are the team to beat until proven otherwise. Kansas has won 13 straight Big 12 titles and a mind-boggling 26 straight conference openers dating to the 1991-92 season.

The last time the Jayhawks lost a conference opener was at Oklahoma 88-82 on Jan. 8, 1991. This will be the ninth time in Self's 15 seasons at Kansas that the Jayhawks have opened Big 12 play on the road.

The preseason No. 4 team in the nation started the season 7-0 before losing back-to-back games at home by a combined 19 points and dropping out of the top 10. Since its one bad week, Kansas has won three straight games (two away from Allen Fieldhouse).

The Jayhawks have been playing with seven scholarship players for most of the season and have been waiting for three players to be ruled eligible by the NCAA.

The story of the season has been guards and lack of players. Kansas may have three of the league's top 15 guards in Devonte' Graham, Lagerald Vick and Svi Mykhailiuk. The Jayhawks use a four-guard starting lineup with center Udoka Azubuike roaming the paint.

Self said his team's defense is "average at best" and also realizes that playing this small can hamper his team's rebounding. He also remains frustrated with his team's inability to draw fouls, as the last week's win over Stanford game was Kansas's fifth in a row where it attempted 10 free throws or fewer.

Still, the Jayhawks might be the best space-and-pace team in basketball.

Texas (9-3) enters league play on the heels of one of its best game of the season, a 66-50 victory over Alabama on Dec. 22 at Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Ala.

The Longhorns were led in that game by freshman forward Mohamed Bamba, who recorded season highs in points (17), field goals made (7) and blocks (6) while adding 11 rebounds (4 offensive) in 29 minutes.

Matt Coleman added 13 points, Kerwin Roach II hit for 11 points and Dylan Osetkowski grabbed 11 rebounds for the Longhorns, who held Alabama to 34.4 percent shooting for the game.

The win also featured the best Texas has played against a quality opponent in the final minutes of a game. The Longhorns' 12-0 run late in the game proved to be the difference.

Texas' three losses this season -- including overtime defeats against No. 4 Duke and No. 20 Gonzaga on the road -- are by a combined 19 points.

The Longhorns are winning with defense, and have held their first 12 opponents to an average of 60.4 points on 37.4 percent shooting, including a 28.2 percent mark from 3-point range.

Texas enters Friday's contest with a 17-4 record in Big 12 Conference home openers. Guard Andrew Jones (wrist) will be a game-time decision for Friday's game, per Smart, but he will be limited if he plays.

Kansas leads the all-time series with Texas 29-8, and captured the most recent contest between the two teams 77-67 last February in Austin.

The Jayhawks have won seven straight games, 12 of the last 13 and 15 of the last 17 matchups against Texas, with the last Kansas loss an 81-69 setback in Austin on Feb. 2, 2014. The Jayhawks have won the last three in Austin.

 

Kansas Jayhawks vs Texas Longhorns VDB Sport Betting Odds and Predictions

Kansas Jayhawks vs Texas Longhorns Betting Odds

  Spread MoneyLine Total
Kansas Jayhawks -3½ (-110) -170 135 (-115)o
Texas Longhorns +3½ (-110) +150 135 (-105)u

Vegas Daily Betting Free Prediction: Texas 73, Kansas 70

 


 

Kansas Jayhawks vs Texas Longhorns VDB Sport Betting Matchup Report

 

Team Records

Kansas Jayhawks

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 10-2 8-2 2-0 7-4 6-3 1-1 87.50 65.67 21.83
Last 10 8-2 6-2 2-0 6-3 5-2 1-1 89.30 67.10 22.20
vs Conf 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0.00 0.00 0.00

Texas Longhorns

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 9-3 7-2 2-1 3-5 2-3 1-2 72.17 60.42 11.75
Last 10 7-3 5-2 2-1 3-5 2-3 1-2 68.30 60.60 7.70
vs Conf 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0.00 0.00 0.00

Betting Odds Trends

Kansas Jayhawks

Kansas is 21-4 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Kansas's last 8 games
Kansas is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Kansas is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 17 of Kansas's last 20 games on the road
Kansas is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Texas
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kansas's last 5 games when playing Texas
Kansas is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Texas
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Kansas's last 7 games when playing on the road against Texas

Texas Longhorns

Texas is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Texas's last 5 games
Texas is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games at home
Texas is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Kansas
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Texas's last 5 games when playing Kansas
Texas is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Kansas
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Texas's last 7 games when playing at home against Kansas

Injuries

Kansas Jayhawks

Player   Status/Updated Notes
Billy Preston F Out indefinitely - Personal - 11/17/17 Preston will be held out of action indefinitely due to a personal issue.

Texas Longhorns

Player   Status/Updated Notes
Eric Davis Jr. G Ques Fri - Wrist - 12/26/17 Davis Jr. has a wrist injury and it is unclear if he will play Friday against Kansas.
Andrew Jones G Ques Fri - Wrist - 12/26/17 Jones is sidelined with a fractured right wrist and it is unclear if he will return Friday against Kansas.

Recent Meetings

Date Home Away Line ATS
2/25/17 TEX 67 KU 77 8.5/144.5 KU/U
1/21/17 KU 79 TEX 67 -16.5/149 TEX/U
2/29/16 TEX 56 KU 86 3.5/142 KU/P
1/23/16 KU 76 TEX 67 -12.5/143.5 TEX/U
2/28/15 KU 69 TEX 64 -7.5/137.5 TEX/U
1/24/15 TEX 62 KU 75 -3/130.5 KU/O
2/22/14 KU 85 TEX 54 -10.5/148.5 KU/U
2/1/14 TEX 81 KU 69 4/149 TEX/O
2/16/13 KU 73 TEX 47 -14/132 KU/U
1/19/13 TEX 59 KU 64 8/127 TEX/U

Kansas: Last 10 Games

Date vs Score Line ATS KU FG Opp FG Reb
12/21/17 @STAN 75-54 (W) -15/150.5 WU 32/61 21/61 33-35
12/18/17 NEOM 109-64 (W) -33.5/160.5 WO 43/69 22/66 45-23
12/16/17 @NEB 73-72 (W) -12/147 LU 29/65 29/59 33-31
12/10/17 ASU 85-95 (L) -12/162 LO 32/67 33/65 34-26
12/6/17 WASH (N) 65-74 (L) -21.5/158.5 LU 28/62 29/60 33-35
12/2/17 @SYR (N) 76-60 (W) -10/140 WU 27/55 18/56 31-33
11/28/17 TOL 96-58 (W) -25/160 WU 39/66 20/50 34-21
11/24/17 OAK 102-59 (W) -21/162 WU 39/70 23/70 44-29
11/21/17 TXSO 114-71 (W) -/- -- 43/78 26/71 47-32
11/17/17 SDST 98-64 (W) -21.5/151 WO 37/61 21/64 32-36

Texas: Last 10 Games

Date vs Score Line ATS TEX FG Opp FG Reb
12/22/17 @ALA (N) 66-50 (W) 3.5/137.5 WU 24/54 21/61 35-34
12/18/17 TNST 47-46 (W) -18.5/127.5 LU 18/51 17/43 26-26
12/16/17 LT 75-60 (W) -11.5/135 WP 24/49 21/62 38-31
12/12/17 MICH 52-59 (L) -5.5/129 LU 19/52 22/55 27-38
12/5/17 @VCU 71-67 (W) -6.5/146.5 LU 26/51 24/60 30-35
11/29/17 FAMU 82-58 (W) -/- -- 34/59 21/52 36-27
11/26/17 @GONZ (N) 71-76 (L) (OT) 3/143 LO 26/67 26/57 36-34
11/24/17 DUKE (N) 78-85 (L) (OT) 5.5/146 LO 30/70 30/67 33-46
11/23/17 BUT (N) 61-48 (W) -2.5/145 WU 22/55 19/58 37-26
11/18/17 LIP 80-57 (W) -/- -- 29/57 17/58 34-33

 

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