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NCAA Basketball: Texas vs. Kansas St. Tip

Mon, Feb 28, 1:46pm by Kevin Pitstock

Kansas State Wildcats take on the #5 ranked Texas Longhorns in a battle of Big 12 teams. The game will be played at the Frank Erwin Center on Monday, February 28, 2011. Texas is 8-2 at home and 24-5 overall. The Wildcats are 20-9 for the season and 4-5 on the road.

Texas has won eight of their last ten games and have a one game losing streak coming into this game. Kansas State has won four games in a row and are winners of seven of their last ten games. We will check the odds courtesy of Sportsbet after we preview each team and then we will give our expert pick for your bet.
Texas Overview

The Longhorns are coached by Rick Barnes and average over 75 points per game. Defensively they allow their opponents to core 60.7 points per game. Field goals shooting comes in at 46.1%, free throws are 64.2% and they fire 3-pointers at a 38.8% per game for the season. Texas is the 8th best rebounding team in the nation at 40.6 per game and allowing 31 back.

Jordan Hamilton is the leading scorer at 18,8 points per game and he rebounds with 7.5 boards per game. Cory Joseph hands out 2.9 assists per game and averages one steal per game. Tristan Thompson blocks shots at a 2.2 per game rate and rebounds over 7 per game.
Kansas State Overview

Frank Martin is the coach of the Wildcats and they aver 73.2 points per game on offense and allow 65.5 points on defense per game. They shoot 43% from the field and are successful 37% on their 3-point attempts. They are a very weak free throw shooting team at 63.8% but grab 38 rebounds per game on the average and allow 27 boards to their opposition.

Jacob Pullen leads the team in 3 offensive categories. He is the leading scorer at 19.7 per game and he tosses 3.7 assists per game to his teammates and also makes 1.7 steals per game. Rodney McGruder mans the paint for the Wildcats as he hauls down 6.2 rebounds per game and shoots 44.5% from the field.
Pick and Prediction

Sportsbet odds has Kansas State +9.5. These are two good team and Kansas State has not fared well on the road but they have won 4 games in a row and can match Texas point for point in the game. Rebounding for the texas Longhorns will be the key. If they can keep Kansas State off the boards then it is possible for them to make it a small run away game. However, too many statistics are even for this game and with our expert pick bet Kansas State +9.5 at Sportsbet for this game.

Our Pick: Kansas State +9.5 Sportsbet

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