Kansas vs Houston Prediction - College Basketball Picks 3/9/24

Houston (27-3) vs Kansas (22-8)

Game Info: Saturday, March 9, 2024 at 4:00 pm (Fertitta Center)

Betting Odds: Houston -8.5 -- Over/Under: 136 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Kansas Jayhawks and Houston Cougars face off on Saturday in a college basketball showdown at Hofheinz Pavilion. When these two teams faced off on February 3rd it was Kansas that secured the 76-65 victory. 

Kansas Needs This Win

Kansas really needs this win as they try to help their tournament seeding. A win here also could help them get another game off during the Big 12 tournament. On Tuesday, Kansas played one of their most complete games of the season and they ended up winning 90-68. The bright spot for Kansas was Nick Timberlake who put up 18 points. Timberlake has been bad most of the season, but he could really help the bench if he stays hot. Kansas is averaging 77 points while their defense is giving up 68.3 points. 

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Houston Wins Big 12 With Win

Houston already has a share of the Big 12 title, but with a win here, they will win it outright. In the last game it took a comeback in the second half, but Houston was able to secure the 67-59 victory. LJ Cryer had a strong game putting up 25 points, three rebounds, and one assist. Houston is averaging 74.1 points while their defense is giving up 57.3 points per game. The offense is ranked 163rd in the league while the defense is ranked 1st in the league. Cryer is averaging 15.8 points while shooting 41.3 percent from the field and 39.1 percent from behind the three point line.

Kansas vs Houston Betting Prediction

What Kansas did in the last game to Kansas State was competitive, and they are going to continue that success here. What Timberlake did in the last game was impressive, and he’s going to hit a couple of three pointers here. Kansas is averaging 77 points and they are going to have no issue running up the score here. Kansas might not win the game but they will keep it close. Back Kansas against the spread. 

Shane’s Pick Kansas +8.5

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