Texas basketball vs. Kansas State: Betting odds, TV, streaming, pick

The gauntlet that is the Big 12 slate continues for new head coach Chris Beard and No. 23 ranked Texas basketball in the middle of this week when they take on the Kansas State Wildcats at home on Jan. 18. Texas is trying to rebound from a tough 79-70 loss to the No. 25 ranked Iowa State Cyclones in Ames over the weekend.

Beard and the Longhorns were riding the high of handily defeating the rival Oklahoma Sooners in the Red River Rivalry game on the hardwood last week before taking on Iowa State. But some of the problems that Texas had so far this season in facing ranked competition, especially on the road, resurfaced against the Cyclones last weekend.

Moreover, Texas comes into this meeting with Kansas State sporting a record of 13-4 (3-2 Big 12) following their loss to Iowa State on Jan. 15. Texas is undefeated at home so far this season, though. And the lone loss on the season for the Longhorns against an unranked team came on the road against the Oklahoma State Cowboys back on Jan. 8.

Meanwhile, Kansas State is riding a high coming into this game after toppling the No. 19 Texas Tech Red Raiders at home on Jan. 15 by the comfortable final score of 62-51. Kansas State managed to upset Texas Tech just a few days after the Red Raiders handed the reigning National Champion and No. 1 ranked Baylor Bears their first loss of the season.

After the win over Texas Tech last weekend, Kansas State is sporting a record of 9-7 (1-4 Big 12).

Here’s a look into the betting odds, TV/streaming information, and game prediction as Texas gets set to take on Kansas State at home at the Frank Erwin Center on Jan. 18, with tip-off time set for 7:30 p.m. CT.

Texas basketball vs. Kansas State betting odds

According to WynnBet, Texas is a sizable 10-point favorite over Kansas State in this game. And the over/under is set at 125.5 points.

The ESPN matchup predictor gives Texas an 88.6 percent chance to beat Kansas State.

Texas basketball vs. Kansas State TV/streaming information

TV/Stream: Longhorn Network (streaming app on ESPN+ if available in TV package)

Radio: Longhorn IMG Radio Network

Texas basketball vs. Kansas State prediction

Kansas State is the first opponent that Texas will face twice during this regular season schedule. The first meeting between Texas and Kansas State this season resulted in a convincing 70-57 win for the Longhorns on the road in Manhattan back on Jan. 4.

Knowing that the Longhorns have a good amount of success under their belt at home this season, this should be a winnable game on Jan. 19. Especially if redshirt senior shooting guard/wing Andrew Jones continues his hot streak and junior standout center Tre Mitchell can continue to shake off the rust coming out of the COVID-19 protocols, Texas should be in a good position here.

Jones has combined for 40 points, 10 rebounds, two assists, four steals, three blocks, and just two turnovers while shooting at least 50 percent from the field and from beyond the arc in the last two games. He’s on a great run in the last couple of games for the Longhorns.

Mitchell also needs to continue to work his way back into form after missing a few games earlier this month due to the COVID-19 protocols.

One player that really needs to turn the corner for the Longhorns starting in this game is senior guard Marcus Carr. Struggling down the stretch in the loss to Iowa State on Jan. 15, Carr was one of the reasons why the Longhorns started to fall flat in clutch time.

Carr needs to find his rhythm and start making better decisions in terms of his shot selection at key points of Big 12 games if this team is really going to progress with him as one of the primary initiators and ball handlers.

This game feels like a spot where Texas should be able to get another comfortable victory in Big 12 play. Kansas State already looked at odds against the Longhorns the first time these two teams met this season.

Final score prediction: Texas-72, Kansas State-60