Texas vs. Kansas State College Basketball Odds and Predictions: The No. 1 (AP) ranked Texas Longhorns (17-0) mens basketball team travels into dangerous territory of Manhattan, Kan., Monday night to play the No. 13 ranked Kansas State Wildcats (15-2) at Bramlage Coliseum. Tipoff for this ESPN televised game is set for 9:05 pm ET.
College Basketball oddsmakers at online sportsbook SBGglobal.com have installed the Wildcats as 1 1/2-chalk favorites with a 160 total. Texas backers are getting +105 odds as the underdog while the Wildcats are giving -125.
The Wildcats have enjoyed back to back wins over Texas A&M and Colorado and will be riding a 13-game homecourt winning streak into Monday's game. It is the longest winning streak in school history. The 87-81 win against the Buffaloes on Saturday moved the team to 15-2 overall this season, which ties for the fourth-best start in school history and the best since the 1961-62 squad also posted a 15-2 mark. The team is shooting a solid 63.4 percent from the free throw line. Kansas State failed to cover the 6-point spread, while the 168 points made it OVER the posted total of 154 versus Colorado.
The Wildcats are averaging just over 80 points per game (83.1 ppg.) on 47 percent shooting (458-of-974), including 367 percent from 3-point range (113-of-308), with 39.9 rebounds, 15.4 assists, 7.4 steals and 4.9 blocks per game. The squad has topped 80 or more points in 13 of 17 games (for the first time in school history), while hitting on 45 percent or better from the field on 10 occasions.
Texas enters Monday's game with a perfect 17-0 overall record and a 3-0 mark in Big 12 play after completing their first week as the nation's No. 1 team with a thrilling 72-67 overtime win over archrival Texas A&M at home on Saturday. The team rallied from a 13-point first half deficit to force overtime and gain the win. Senior Damion James was one of three Longhorns to register a double-double with a game-high 26 points on 10-of-19 field goals to go with a game-high 12 rebounds in 40 minutes of play. Fellow forward Gary Johnson posted 18 points and 10 rebounds, while freshman J'Covan Brown added 14 points and 10 rebounds. The team shot just 35.3 percent from the field, but scored 18 points off of 17 offensive rebounds and blocked 10 Aggie shots. The Longhorns failed to cover the 14.5-point spread in that contest, while the combined score fell UNDER the night's posted total (152.5).
The Big 12's highest scoring team, Texas is averaging nearly 90 points per game (87.2) on the year on 49.4 percent shooting, including 34.5 percent from 3-point range, 45.2 rebounds, 16.4 assists, 8.7 steals and 6.4 blocks per game.
College Basketball Predictions: Kansas State players think they can win tonight's game and we agree. BEST BET – KSU -1 1/2.
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