Kansas St. Wildcats vs. Texas Longhorns
The Texas Longhorns are 9-point home favorites this evening over the Kansas St. Wildcats. The over/under total for the game is 135. This is an important game in the Big 12 schedule.
Texas is 24-5 overall and 17-7 against the spread. They return home from a 91-89 loss to Colorado on Saturday, a game in which the Longhorns lost a huge 22-point first-half lead. Texas who was 6-point road favorites, took a 48-33 lead into the locker room and then fell victim to Alec Burks in the final 20 minutes. Burks tallied 33 points to lead all scorers and grabbed 10 rebounds to record his third double-double for the season, all coming in Big 12 action at home. The defeat was the second straight on the road for Texas after dropping a 70-67 decision at Nebraska as 6-point underdogs a week earlier. Colorado’s 91 points marked a season-high against a Longhorns defense that has averaged giving up just 60.7 points per game, 19th in the nation. Both of the recent road losses went er’ the total. The der however is 16-7 this year in Texass games. The defeat also dropped Texas from the sole lead in the Big 12 standings and into a tie for the top spot with Kansas, each with 12-2 conference marks.
Kansas St. is 20-9 overall and 10-13 against the spread. They are in the middle of a 4-game winning streak. They beat Missouri 80-70 at home on Saturday. Kansas St. jumped out quickly to take a 10-0 lead before the Tigers clawed their way back into the contest. The game was close through most of the second half with Kansas State nursing a 58-57 lead with a little over seven minutes remaining. Rodney McGruder, Jacob Pullen and the rest of the Wildcats then took over to outscore Missouri 22-13 the rest of the way. The late surge lifted Kansas State to the cover as 3-point spread.
Kansas State has won three of the last four regular season meetings with Texas. Texas last topped Kansas State at home in Feb. 2005, a 75-72 overtime victory. I believe that Texas will tonights game but fail to cover the nine points. This game will be a close one throughout with Texas pulling it out in the end. Wager on Kansas State plus the nine points.
Kansas St. Wildcats +9 Texas Longhorns
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