The North Texas Mean Green will take on the No. 4 Kansas Jayhawks at 2:30 p.m. ET on Thursday at HP Field House as part of the 2021 ESPN Events Invitational. North Texas is 2-1, while the Jayhawks are 3-0 on the season. The Jayhawks are 2-1 against the spread this season. The Mean Green are 1-1 against the number.
Both programs were NCAA tournament teams a year ago and have aspirations of returning this season. The Jayhawks are favored by 14.5 points in the latest Kansas vs. North Texas odds from Caesars Sportsbook and the over-under is set at 129.5. Before entering any North Texas vs. Kansas picks, you'll want to see the college basketball predictions from the model at SportsLine.
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- Kansas vs. North Texas spread: Kansas -14.5
- Kansas vs. North Texas over-under: 129.5 points
What you need to know about Kansas
Kansas made easy work of the Stony Brook Seawolves last week and carried off an 88-59 victory. Guard Ochai Agbaji was the offensive standout of the matchup for Kansas, picking up 25 points. It's been a fantastic start to the season for Agbaji, who is averaging 26.3 points per game.
The Jayhawks opened the season with a big win at Madison Square Garden over Michigan State and has since rolled over Tarleton State and Stony Brook. But this will be their biggest test since the season-opener and it will be a matchup of strength on strength with Kansas' 17th-ranked scoring offense (87.7 ppg) against North Texas' sixth-ranked scoring defense (52.7 ppg).
What you need to know about North Texas
Meanwhile, North Texas took its game against the Texas-Arlington Mavericks last Thursday by a decisive 64-36 score. Thomas Bell had 19 points and six rebounds in the victory while Tylor Perry had 12 points off the bench. Perry is averaging 17.3 points per game this season while Bell is producing 15.0 points and 8.7 rebounds per game.
It was a clinical performance by the North Texas defense, as it held UT-Arlington to just 28.4 percent shooting from the floor and 10.0 percent shooting from the 3-point line, while forcing 21 turnovers. The Mean Green are forcing 18.7 turnovers per game this season but they'll have a hard time turning over Kansas with their experienced guard play.
How to make North Texas vs. Kansas picks
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