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Kansas at Texas odds, picks and predictions

The No. 3 Kansas Jayhawks (25-5, 13-4 Big-12) will finish off another Big-12 conference title-winning season against the No. 7 Texas Longhorns  (22-8, 11-6) at the Moody Center Saturday at 4 p.m. ET (ESPN). Below, we analyze Tipico Sportsbook’s lines around the Kansas vs. Texas odds, and make our expert college basketball picks, predictions and bets.

Kansas came into this week ranked No. 3 in the nation. With a 66-63 win over Texas Tech Tuesday, the Jayhawks clinched a top 5 finish once again. It also clinched at least a share of the 17th regular season conference title under coach Bill Self.

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Texas, who lost coach Chris Beard early in the season, was able to hold on until the end under interim Rodney Terry. Unfortunately, a loss to Baylor over the weekend, followed by a 75-73 loss to TCU Wednesday, saw the Longhorns fade from the conference hunt in the final week.

A win in this game will not mean much for Kansas. But a win for Texas, at home, could stop the bleeding of a 2-game losing streak before the Longhorns head into March Madness – where it hopes to use its superior talent to get to the second weekend of games. And hopefully further. A win would go a long way in regaining confidence and momentum for the beleaguered crew.

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Kansas at Texas odds

Provided by Tipico Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds hub for a full list. Lines last updated at 10:20 a.m. ET.

  • Moneyline (ML): Kansas +140 (bet $100 to win $140) | Texas -160 (bet $160 to win $100)
  • Against the spread (ATS): Kansas +3.5 (-115) | Texas -3.5 (-105)
  • Over/Under (O/U): 148.5 (O: -115 | U: -105)

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Kansas at Texas picks and predictions

Prediction

Texas 80, Kansas 73

Moneyline

PASS.

Kansas has nothing to play for in this game. It is getting ready for the tourney, and the Jayhawks will walk through this game without trying to do anything drastic or physical. Texas needs this game to stop the bleeding a 2-game losing streak has caused. With the game being in Austin, expect Texas to come out firing for the home crowd.

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Against the spread

Take TEXAS -3.5 (-105).

With Kansas gliding, Texas will be able to use its offense to smother the Jayhawks in this season finale.

Texas is 7-1 in its last 8 games following a loss. It has also been good ATS at home covering the spread in 4 of its last 5 home games.

With Kansas coming in with nothing in danger, the Longhorns will use their 30th ranked offense at 79.0 points, to put plenty of points on the board to cover this 3.5-point spread.

Over/Under

Take the OVER 148.5 (-115).

Texas has gone Over in 9 of its last 12 games at home. The Longhorns have also gone Over in 4 of 5 Saturday games recently.

Kansas has a solid defense at 68.0 points, but it is not looking to do much here. This means Texas will score at will. And this means another home Over is in store for Texas.

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