How to watch Texas basketball vs. Kansas State: Odds, matchups, injuries and more in Big 12 Tourney opener

Texas basketball begins its quest to defend the Big 12 Tournament crown in Kansas City, MO, at the T-Mobile Center against Kansas State on March 13.

Rodney Terry, Texas basketball
Rodney Terry, Texas basketball / Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

In roughly 24 hours, head coach Rodney Terry and the seven-seed Texas basketball will square off against the 10-seed Kansas State Wildcats and head coach Jerome Tang in the second round of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Championship.

On the line in the second round of the Big 12 Tournament is the ability for the Longhorns to boost their resume entering Selection Sunday for the NCAA Tournament. Texas is currently considered by many to be a lock for the Big Dance.

But Texas can boost its projected seeding entering Selection Sunday with a couple of wins at least in the Big 12 Tournament this week.

Kansas State, meanwhile, is fighting for its survival for a spot in the NCAA tournament. Every win counts at this point for Tang and the Wildcats to make their case to the selection committee next weekend.

The latest version of ESPN Bracketology from Joe Lunardi on March 12 says that Kansas State needs at least two wins in the Big 12 Tournament to even have a chance to make the NCAA Tournament field.

Texas finished the regular season on a high note, winning three of its last four games. The last win for Terry and the Longhorns to close out the regular season was a convincing 94-80 victory over the Oklahoma Sooners at the Moody Center on March 9.

The win over Oklahoma gave Texas its 20th win of the regular season (finishing with a record of 20-11, 9-9 Big 12).

Kansas State also finished the regular season with an impressive victory, upsetting the No. 5 Iowa State Cyclones at home in Manhattan on March 9. But the finish to the regular season was otherwise pretty uninspiring for the Wildcats, losing two of its last three as part of a stretch in Big 12 play where Kansas State lost nine of 13.

Kansas State enters the Big 12 Tournament with a record of 18-13 (8-10 Big 12).

Here’s a look at the TV/streaming information and game time as the seven-seed Texas faces 10-seed Kansas State in the second round of the Big 12 Tournament at the T-Mobile Center in Kansas City, MO, on March 13.

How to watch Texas basketball vs. Kansas State in the Big 12 Tournament

TV/Live Stream: Big 12 Now/ESPN+

Radio/Audio StreamLonghorn Radio Network/Sirius XM 139 or 199

Game time: 6 p.m. CT

Live stats: StatBroadcast

Jon Sciambi, Fran Fraschilla, and Kris Budden will call the action live between Texas and Kansas State in the Big 12 Tournament in Kansas City live on the ESPN+ stream on March 12.

Craig Way and Eddie Oran will call the game on the radio broadcast on Longhorn Radio Network.

Texas is 23-24 in the all-time series against Kansas State. Terry and the Longhorns won the only meeting between these two teams during the regular season, which came by a score of 62-56 at the Moody Center on Feb. 19.

Texas basketball projected starting lineup vs. Kansas State

  • G: Tyrese Hunter, Junior (11.4 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 4.3 APG)
  • G: Max Abmas, Senior (16.8 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 4.3 APG)
  • G: Ithiel Horton, Senior (5.9 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 0.9 APG)
  • F: Dillon Mitchell, Sophomore (10.0 PPG, 7.7 RPG, 1.5 APG)
  • C: Dylan Disu, Senior (16.1 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 1.6 APG)

Kansas State projected starting lineup vs. Texas

  • G: Tylor Perry, Senior (15.2 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 4.5 APG)
  • G: Cam Carter, Junior (14.9 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 2.6 APG)
  • G: Dai Dai Ames, Freshman (4.6 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 1.8 APG)
  • F: Arthur Kaluma, Sophomore (14.8 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 2.0 APG)
  • C: Jerrell Colbert, Sophomore (2.7 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 0.5 APG)

Texas basketball injury report vs. Kansas State

Texas was at full strength in the regular season finale win over Oklahoma last weekend. Senior big man Dylan Disu suffered a left knee sprain in Texas's March 4 loss in Waco to the No. 11 Baylor Bears.

But Disu returned to the starting five for Terry and the Longhorns against Oklahoma on March 9, registering 16 points and six rebounds in the 14-point win on Saturday.

Betting odds for Texas basketball vs. Kansas State in the Big 12 Tournament second round

Texas is a 4.5-point favorite against Kansas State on March 13, and the Longhorns are favored in the money line (-370) over the Wildcats (+300), per FanDuel. The over/under is 140.5 points.

Kansas State is the No. 68 ranked team in adjusted efficiency in Division I, per KenPom. Texas, meanwhile, ranks 23rd in the nation in adjusted efficiency.

KenPom gives Texas a 66 percent chance of beating Kansas State and projects the final score of this game to be 73-68 in favor of the Longhorns.

Led by the trio of senior All-Big 12 guard Max Abmas, All-Big 12 center Disu, and junior guard Tyrese Hunter, the Longhorns have played well down the stretch in the last couple of weeks in the regular season. Texas won three of its final four games in the regular season by an average margin of over a dozen points.

Hunter was a critical part of the Longhorns beating Oklahoma by double digits in the regular season finale last weekend. He had a career-high 30 points, seven assists, and three steals to led the Longhorns to victory over the rival Sooners.

Disu's return to the starting lineup from the knee injury was also big for Texas. He was a big part of Texas's win over Kansas State a few weeks ago at home, nearly putting up a double-double with 20 points and eight rebounds to go along with three steals and one block.

Terry needs all three of these guys, Hunter, Disu, and Abmas, to defend their Big 12 Tournament crown. This Kansas State team looked really tough in its upset win over Iowa State last weekend.

Sophomore Arthur Kaluma and junior Cam Carter both scored over 20 points against a stout Iowa State defense in the 65-58 win in Manhattan.

The winner of the matchup between Texas and Kansas State on March 13 will move on to face the two-seed Iowa State in the Big 12 Tournament quarterfinals on March 14.

Final score prediction: Texas-82, Kansas State-75

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