The No. 4 Texas Longhorns will look to get back on track after suffering a loss at home in their last game. Meanwhile, the Kansas State Wildcats are eyeing to score one of the biggest upsets in league play as they travel to Austin in search of their second win in the Big 12. Check out our preview for this game below.
Betting Preview for the Kansas State Wildcats vs Texas Longhorns NCAA College Basketball Game on January 16 2021
Where: Frank Erwin Center, Austin, TX
When: Saturday, January 16, 2021, 8:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: ESPN2
Betting on the Kansas State Wildcats (odds)
Record: 5-8 Overall / 1-4 Conference
The Wildcats are still stuck with a win in Big 12 play, as they suffered a 70-54 loss at the hands of the Oklahoma State Cowboys at home last Saturday. If it’s any consolation, the Wildcats limited potential No. 1 overall pick in this year’s NBA Draft Cade Cunningham to just five points. The Wildcats were atrocious from the field against the Cowboys. Kansas State made only 36.2 percent of their shots from the field and hit six of 24 attempts from deep. Mike McGuirl and DaJuan Gordon had 15 and 14 points, respectively, for the Wildcats in the Oklahoma State game. Kansas State missed the services of guard Nijel Pack, the team’s best 3-point shooter and second-leading scorer, as he’s out with COVID-19 and won’t likely play as well against Texas. That means McGuirl, Gordon, and somebody from the likes of Selton Miguel and Davion Bradford will have to step up for Kansas State, which is averaging 65.2 points per game.
The under is 4-1 in Kansas State’s last five games overall.
Betting on the Texas Longhorns (odds)
Record: 10-2 Overall / 4-1 Conference
The Longhorns blinked on Wednesday and lost to the Texas Tech Red Raiders at home, 79-77, thanks to a late jumper by Mac McClung. That stopped Texas’ six-game unbeaten streak, but at least the Longhorns lost to a ranked opponent, which shouldn’t hurt their position in the rankings. What they can’t afford is a home loss to Kansas State, which is just 190th in the NET rankings. Texas’ defense should be able to handle the Wildcats’ Kansas State is offensively anemic and had not shot better than 39 percent in three of four games. The Longhorns’ stifling defense is limiting opposing teams to only 65.0 points per game, 28.0 percent shooting from behind the arc, and 38.6 percent shooting from the floor. Texas’ rebounding prowess is also going to be a problem for Kansas State. Texas is averaging 40.7 rebounds per game, while Kansas State is second-worst in the Big 12 with just 31.4 rebounds per contest.
The over is 3-0 in Texas’ last three home games.
Texas wins, 78-55.
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