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How and what to watch for No. 13 Texas vs. Kansas State

The Longhorns have dropped three straight, and there’s no better time to play Kansas State when you need a win.

Texas Longhorns guard Andrew Jones reacts after a foul during the second OT against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Gallagher-Iba Arena. Rob Ferguson-USA TODAY Sports

The reeling No. 13 Texas Longhorns took a step back in the polls last week, but shouldn’t have any issues with the Kansas State Wildcats on Tuesday night in Manhattan, Kansas.

Texas (11-5, 5-4 Big 12) has lost three straight, including to Oklahoma and Baylor at home before a double overtime loss at Oklahoma State last Saturday. The ‘Horns do it with defense, holding opponents to the second-worst eFG at 44.8% in college basketball, and let opponents get assists on just 34.7% of made baskets.

Kansas State (5-15, 1-10) is just a terrible team. They’ve lost 10 in a row, including 82-67 at Texas on January 16th. They’re 332nd in eFG allowed at 55.3%, and turn the ball over before they get a shot 23.1% of the time. Senior Mike McGuirl does what he can as point guard, but the status of sophomore DaJuan Gordon is unknown for this one. The Cats will need both to play well if there’s any chance to stay in this game.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch Texas vs. Kansas State on Tuesday, February 9th at 8:00 p.m. ET on ESPN+, a subscription service available as an add-on from ESPN even for non-subscribers.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: Texas -14
Point Total: 134.5
Money line: Texas -1430, Kansas State +800

  • Texas are 0-5 ATS in their last five games, and the total has gone over in eight of nine.
  • Kansas State are 1-5 ATS in their last six games, and the over is 9-10 this season.

The Best Bet

Gordon is the difference here. If he goes we’ll stay away from this one, but it seems like he won’t play based on reports. Texas shouldn’t have much of a problem running away if he doesn’t.

Pick: Texas -14

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