The Kansas State Wildcats (9-17, 2-11 Big 12) welcome the Texas Longhorns (15-11, 5-8 Big 12) to Fred Bramlage Coliseum. The Wildcats look to put an end to their six-game losing streak. Action gets underway at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 22, 2020.
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In the Longhorns’ last matchup, they beat the TCU Horned Frogs, 70-56. With 15 points, six rebounds and five assists, Texas’ Courtney Ramey played well. Texas played a nearly flawless game. They had a superb effective field goal percentage of 0.598 (above their season average of 0.493) and a turnover percentage of 15.0 (better than their season average of 17.7). TCU had marks of 0.443 and 19.3, respectively, for those same stats.
The Wildcats are trying to rebound after their 69-62 loss to the Texas Tech Red Raiders in their last contest. With 14 points and eight rebounds, Kansas State’s Antonio Gordon put together a solid game. Texas Tech did a terrific job of converting from the free throw line (15-17; 88.2 percent). Kansas State, on the other hand, forced the Red Raiders into a turnover percentage of 25.2 (above their season average of 17.4).
Half-court execution will be at a premium when a pair of the NCAA’s slowest-paced teams battle. Kansas State currently ranks 293rd in possessions per game (66.8) and Texas is 319th (66.0). It could also be a mistake-prone game for the offense of the Longhorns, which ranks 258th in ball security (turnover percentage of 20.2 percent). They’ll be going up against the stingy defense of the Wildcats, which forces the 14th-most turnovers in the nation (24.4 percent).
These two squads have already met once this season. The Longhorns won 64-50. Texas’ effective field goal percentage was its largest advantage over Kansas State. The Longhorns had a rate of 0.592 while the Wildcats posted a mark of 0.417. Matt Coleman III was the game’s top overall scorer with 14 points.
Texas Longhorns at Kansas State Wildcats Free Prediction
Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Texas, ATS Winner – Texas, O/U – Over
The Longhorns rank 14th in assists allowed per game (9.9) while the Wildcats rank 96th (11.8).
Kansas State ranks 250th in rebounds per game (33.0) while Texas ranks 271st (32.2).
Kansas State ranks 18th in steals per game (8.7) while Texas ranks 199th (5.4).
The Longhorns rank 39th in blocks per game (4.4) while the Wildcats rank 164th (2.5).
Texas ranks fourth in three pointers allowed per game (15.1) while Kansas State ranks 112th (20.7).
The Wildcats’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 7.8, up from 0.2 for the season.
During their last five games, the Longhorns have scored an average of 56.4 points per game (7.9 below their season average) and allowed an average of 64.0 points per game (0.3 above their season average).