While Kansas is a supremely talented team, the loss of starting center Udoka Azubuike could cause problems in specific matchups right now. KU has transitioned to a 4 guard offense the last couple of games and it worked on Saturday at Baylor which has also lost their starting center and arguably best 2-way player Tristan Clark. With Baylor also having to now utilize a small lineup featuring 6’5″ sophomore Mark Vital as their low post defender, Kansas was able to get a 74-67 road victory.

Event: (873) Texas at (874) Kansas
Date/Time: January 14, 2019 9PM EST
Play: Texas 7.0 (-108)

Tonight’s game vs. Texas figures to be a bit different since in this one KU will be a a distinct size disadvantage. Expect the Longhorns to secure the lane on defense with their frontline tandem of 6’9″ Dylan Osetowski and 6’11” Jaxson Hayes. In conference play thus far, Texas ranks #1 in 2 pt FG{84ccd47921e566787b7405b472ea36582b7bea78c60faedb5d55493d43c879f0} allowing just 40.9{84ccd47921e566787b7405b472ea36582b7bea78c60faedb5d55493d43c879f0} and #2 in blocked shot{84ccd47921e566787b7405b472ea36582b7bea78c60faedb5d55493d43c879f0} at 13.6{84ccd47921e566787b7405b472ea36582b7bea78c60faedb5d55493d43c879f0}. Look for HC Skaka Smart’s defense to force the Jayhawks into being a 3 point shooting team tonight while hounding the guards with their aggressive style. Offensively, Hayes is shooting an amazing 74.7{84ccd47921e566787b7405b472ea36582b7bea78c60faedb5d55493d43c879f0} from the floor this season (65-87) which indicates he could have a huge night against the smallish Kansas frontline. Fog Allen Fieldhouse is always a difficult place to play and winning on the Big 12 road is not easy, but taking +6.5 in this spot looks to have several ticket cashing advantages tonight.

Recommendation: Texas +6.5


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Rob Veno

Rob Veno has been entrenched in the sports handicapping community for 24 years and he’s been with Sportsmemo since its inception as a daily radio show in 1998. His 20* Bluechip releases have become synonymous with success and he’s carved a place for himself among the nation’s elite handicappers. Rob’s fundamental analysis of football, basketball and baseball on the college and pro levels has him regarded as one of the best in the business at breaking down games. Rob began to make an imprint on the Las Vegas scene in the mid-1990’s with his weekly football and basketball newsletter which contained game selections and analysis. Las Vegas’ Gambler’s Book Club along with sportsbooks on and off the strip carried the publication which expanded his recognition. He was subsequently invited into Las Vegas’ most prestigious handicapping contests of that time, the Stardust Invitational in 1996 and 2004 and the Sunset Station Invitational in 2000. A veteran of sports handicapping radio, Rob began in 1992 by co-hosting a weekly Friday night show at 840 AM KVEG. He went on to do numerous live shows as a guest analyst from casino sportsbooks across the Las Vegas valley working with a litany of respected hosts and the most recognized handicappers in the business. Rob finally settled in as one of the mainstays on the daily Vegas Sportswire betting show which ultimately became the famed Sportsmemo Radio Show and now Podcast. His expertise has been heard on radio stations across the country over the years as he’s done a multitude of guest analyst segments. Rob is a Connecticut native and after spending 11 years in Las Vegas from 1991-2002 he now resides outside of Philadelphia with his wife.

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