Against The Spread Pick
The Texas Longhorns have started the season strong with a record of 12-4. However, they are only .500 in the early portion of conference play with losses to Baylor and Oklahoma. The Longhorns will get the chance to prove how good they are this season when they host the Kansas Jayhawks on Saturday night. Meanwhile, Kansas is one of the top teams in college basketball this season. They enter this game ranked 6th in the nation with a record of 13-3 and a conference record of 3-1. They rebounded nicely following their loss to Baylor with a 66-52 road win against the Oklahoma Sooners. I don’t think Texas is as good as their record or as talented as the Jayhawks. As a result, I’m going with the Jayhawks -6.5 points on the road.
Over Under Pick
Kansas has been a slightly above-average team this season when it comes to scoring points. They enter this game averaging 77.06 points per game. Defensively is where the Jayhawks excel this season as they are allowing the 22nd fewest points in college basketball with 60.81 points per game. The Texas Longhorns love to play with a slow-tempo this season, relying more on their defensive play for wins. The Longhorns enter this game, averaging 67.13 points per game, which is below the national average. However, they are an elite team when it comes to defensive play as they enter this game, limiting opponents to 60.94 points per game, which is the 23rd fewest in college basketball. These are two of the premier defensive teams in the nation this season, and as a result, I look for the under 129 points to be a great bet.