Kansas State vs Texas Prediction College Basketball Picks 3/13/24

Texas (20-11) vs Kansas State (18-13)

Game Info: Wednesday, March 13, 2024 at 7:00 pm (T-Mobile Center)

Betting Odds: Texas -4.5 -- Over/Under: 142 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Texas Longhorns and the Kansas State Wildcats will meet in the second round of the Big 12 Championship this Tuesday in Kansas City from the T-Mobile Center on the Big 12 Network. Texas enters as 4.5-point favorites, with the total sitting at 143. Stay tuned for our Kansas State vs Texas Prediction. 

Kansas State Preview: Will the Wildcats Keep Their Bubble Hopes Alive?

Kansas State finished at 18-13 after defeating Iowa State in Manhattan, 65-58. The Wildcats controlled both halves to close the season with a ranked victory over the Cyclones, and they’ll try to avenge a February loss to the Longhorns this Wednesday. KState is scoring 72.2 points per game, on 43.5% shooting, while allowing 70.2 ppg, and they’re 4-6 over their previous ten games.

Kansas State Team Profile

  • Jerome Tang’s team has maintained their pace throughout the season, averaging 71.9 possessions per game (113th), and they’ve only knocked down 31.8% of their three-pointers.
  • North Texas transfer Tylor Perry struggled in the final two games of the season, but he still leads Kansas State in scoring (15.2) and assists (4.5). 
  • Former Creighton forward Arthur Kaluma led the way with 23 points in the ISU victory, and he leads KSU in rebounding (7.1), while scoring 14.8 ppg. 
  • Junior guard Cam Carter chipped in 21 points against Iowa State, and he’s second on the Wildcats at 14.9 ppg. 
  • Veteran forward David N’Guessan posted a 16-board double-double on Senior Day, and he’s up to 7.7 ppg and 6.9 rpg. 

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Texas Preview: How Will the Longhorns Bow Out of the Big 12?

Texas closed at 20-11 after defeating Oklahoma in Austin, 94-80. The Longhorns fittingly faced off with and defeated the Sooners in their final Big 12 regular season game, and they’ll look to build on that victory here in round one. Texas is scoring 76.6 points per game, on 47.6% shooting, while allowing 69.6 ppg, and they’re 6-4 over their last ten games. 

Texas Team Profile

  • Rodney Terry’s team tends to play at a slower pace, averaging 70.2 possessions per game (197th), and they’ve shot very well from the outside, connecting on 36.6% of their three-point shots.
  • Oral Roberts transfer Max Abmas poured in a season-high 33 points in the Baylor matchup, and he leads Texas in scoring (16.&) and assists (4.3).  
  • Veteran forward Dylan Disu paced the team with 20 points in the February 20th win over KState, and he’s averaging 16.1 ppg and 4.9 rpg. 
  • Tampa native Dillon Mitchell leads the Longhorns in rebounding (7.7), while scoring 10.0 ppg. 
  • Former ISU guard Tyrese Hunter broke thru with a season-best 30 points in the Red River win over OU, and he’s up to 11.4 ppg and 4.3 apg. 

Kansas State vs Texas Trends

  • KState leads the current series, 24-23, but Texas has won three of the last five meetings.  
  • KSU is 16-15 against the spread, with a 15-15-1 O/U record
  • TEX is 12-19 ATS, with a 19-12 over/under record.

Kansas State vs Texas Prediction

Texas enters this tournament with bolstering their resume in mind, and I believe they’ll come thru on their end. The Longhorns closed their final regular season tenure in the conference in the best way possible with a large Red River win over OU, and that momentum should be into Kansas City. Beware of an upset-happy KState team with some experience, as they may not have Markquis Nowell anymore, but this squad has competed all season. The Wildcats also currently find themselves on the wrong side of the bubble, so we should see the best from both sides. I don’t believe Texas’ time in the Big 12 ends here though, so let’s tilt their margin, and back them to advance here against Kansas State.

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