Preview: Texas Southern vs. Kansas

Game Texas Southern Tigers vs. Kansas Jayhawks
Date: March 17th, 2022 10:43 PM
TV: truTV
Spread: KU -22 Open -22.5
Total: 145.5

Preview

Texas Southern Offense vs. Kansas Defense

The Tigers are ranked 291st nationally in Bart Torvik’s adjusted offensive efficiency ratings. Texas Southern shoots 49.2 percent on twos and 31.7 percent on threes for a 48.7 effective field goal percentage.

Kansas defense is ranked 21st nationally in adjusted defensive efficiency. Opponents shoot 47.9 percent on twos and 30.1 percent on threes for a 46.9 effective field goal percentage against the Jayhawks.

Basics
  • Texas Southern is one of the most experienced teams in college basketball, averaging 2.81 years of experience weighted by minutes played, per KenPom.com.
  • Texas Southern does a great job of getting to the free-throw line. The Tigers attempt 33 free throws per 100 field goal attempts. This should be an advantage for Kansas, which only allows 28 free throws per 100 shot attempts.
  • Texas Southern is one of the worst free-throw shooting teams in college hoops, making just 67 percent of its freebies.
Extra Possessions
  • Texas Southern is one of the better offensive rebounding teams in the country. The Tigers grab 33.8 percent of their missed shots. Kansas is average on the defensive glass, grabbing 71.3 percent of opponent misses, and that matchup on the boards will be a key swing stat on Thursday.
Shot Profile
  • Texas Southern’s offensive attack is interior-focused. The Tigers only attempt 31 percent of their shots from 3-point range. That lack of volume perimeter shooting is for the best because Texas Southern shoots just 31 percent from long distance.
  • Texas Southern’s offense doesn’t have a single player shooting 38% or better from 3-point range with over 50 attempts.
  • Texas Southern’s offense is heavy on mid-range jumpers. The Tigers attempt 28 percent of their shots from the mid-range and connect at a 34 percent clip.
  • Kansas defense does a terrific job of funneling offensive players into pull-up 2-point attempts. Jayhawks opponents attempt 29 percent of their shots from the mid-range and connect at a 34 percent clip. Texas Southern’s offense shoots 34 percent on its mid-range attempts.
Style
  • Texas Southern has an elite transition offense and scores 14.0 points per game in transition, while Kansas transition defense has been run of the mill and allows 10.8 points per game in transition.

Kansas Offense vs. Texas Southern Defense

Kansas checks in at 5th nationally in Bart Torvik’s adjusted offensive efficiency ratings. The Jayhawks shoot 54.5 percent on twos and 35.5 percent on threes for a 54.1 effective field goal percentage.

Texas Southern is ranked 102nd nationally in adjusted defensive efficiency. On the season, Texas Southern opponents make 45.3 percent of their twos and 29.5 percent of their threes for a 44.9 effective field goal percentage.

Basics
  • Kansas plays as fast as any team in the country. The Jayhawks average 70 possessions per game.
  • Kansas does a great job of getting to the free-throw line. The Jayhawks attempt 33 free throws per 100 field goal attempts. Kansas ability to get to the line will pose issues for Texas Southern, which struggles to stay out of foul trouble and keep its opponents off the line. The Tigers allow 34 free throws per 100 shot attempts.
Extra Possessions
  • The game should be fairly turnover neutral on this side of the ball. Kansas turns it over on 17.8 percent of possessions and Texas Southern forces giveaways on 17.5 percent of possessions.
  • The Jayhawks are fantastic on the offensive glass and rebound 33.4 percent of their missed shots. Texas Southern is just okay on the defensive glass, grabbing 71.8 percent of opponent misses, which means the rebounding battle could swing this game in either direction.
Shot Profile
  • Texas Southern is one of the best teams in the country at defending around the basket. Tigers opponents are shooting just 50 percent at the rim. Kansas is usually very good at creating quality looks around the basket — finishing 63 percent of its shots withing five-feet — which sets up an interesting battle inside.
  • Texas Southern’s defense does a terrific job of funneling offensive players into pull-up 2-point attempts. Tigers opponents attempt 27 percent of their shots from the mid-range and connect at a 37 percent clip. Kansas offense shoots 39 percent on its mid-range attempts.
Style
  • Kansas has an elite transition offense which should create a significant advantage against Texas Southern. The Jayhawks score 13.3 points per game in transition, while Texas Southern’s transition defense has been poor this year, allowing 13.7 points per game.
  • Kansas is a terrific passing team that records assists on 53.9 percent of its made baskets. Texas Southern’s defense is designed to minimize help and prevent assisted baskets. On the season, Texas Southern opponents log assists on 46.9 percent of makes.

Bottom Line

Will we see an upset? Bart Torvik gives Texas Southern a 4 percent chance of advancing and predicts a 81-61 final score.

TXSO Personnel

#5 Joirdon Karl Nicholas

Role: Versatile Big
Height: 6'9" | Weight: 220 lbs

Turnover Prone Non Shooter Offensive Rebounder Defensive Rebounder Go-To Guy Gets to the Line Cut and Finish Below 65% FT
Pts Reb Ast ORtg Usage eFG%
9.2 6 1 99.4 25.1% 56.5%

#24 John Walker

Role: Versatile Big
Height: 6'9" | Weight: 200 lbs

Catch and Shoot Gets to the Line
Pts Reb Ast ORtg Usage eFG%
9.9 4.3 1.1 108.8 22.4% 51.4%

#4 Bryson Etienne

Role: Secondary Ball Handler
Height: 6'3" | Weight: 190 lbs

Poor Finisher
Pts Reb Ast ORtg Usage eFG%
8.4 2.8 1.6 93.9 22.7% 41.7%

#44 Brison Gresham

Role: Versatile Big
Height: 6'9" | Weight: 240 lbs

Finisher Mid-Range Specialist Turnover Prone Rim Protector Non Shooter Offensive Rebounder Defensive Rebounder Efficient Shooter
Pts Reb Ast ORtg Usage eFG%
7.2 6.8 0.4 116.7 18.3% 65.4%
🔥🔥🔥: Gresham is averaging 9.8 points per game over the last 5 games. That’s 2.6 points above his season average.

#15 Justin Hopkins

Role: Tall Spot Up Wing
Height: 6'5" | Weight: 205 lbs

Gets to the Line
Pts Reb Ast ORtg Usage eFG%
6.4 2.1 1.1 102.8 17.2% 48.9%

KU Personnel

#30 Ochai Agbaji

Role: Runaround Wing
Height: 6'5" | Weight: 215 lbs

Off Screen Shooter Catch and Shoot Minutes Logger Avoids Turnovers Efficient Shooter
Pts Reb Ast ORtg Usage eFG%
19.7 5.1 1.6 116.2 23.9% 57.3%

#2 Christian Braun

Role: Tall Spot Up Wing
Height: 6'6" | Weight: 210 lbs

Catch and Shoot Efficient Shooter
Pts Reb Ast ORtg Usage eFG%
14.6 6.4 2.6 114.1 20.8% 56.2%

#33 David McCormack

Role: Post Up Big
Height: 6'10" | Weight: 250 lbs

Mid-Range Specialist Non Shooter Offensive Rebounder Go-To Guy Gets to the Line
Pts Reb Ast ORtg Usage eFG%
10.1 7.1 1 112.3 26.0% 49.2%

#10 Jalen Wilson

Role: Tall Spot Up Wing
Height: 6'8" | Weight: 220 lbs

Defensive Rebounder Avoids Turnovers Efficient Shooter
Pts Reb Ast ORtg Usage eFG%
10.9 7 1.7 113.7 18.4% 54.4%

#3 Dajuan Harris

Role: Secondary Ball Handler
Height: 6'1" | Weight: 170 lbs

Distributor Mid-Range Specialist Turnover Prone Pick Pocket Takes Tough Shots Low Usage
Pts Reb Ast ORtg Usage eFG%
5.2 1.4 4.4 105.8 12.8% 45.5%

ATS

Kansas ATS Performance

This Season

Kansas is 19-16-0 against the spread this year. The over has hit in 17 of 35 Kansas games (48.6%) this season.

Kansas is 2-3-0 against the spread at neutral sites this year. The over has hit in 3 of Kansas 5 games on neutral floors (60%) this season.

Date Opp Result Spread Cover By Total Over By
11/9/2021 vs. Michigan State W, 87-74 -4 W 9 144 OVER 17
11/12/2021 Tarleton W, 88-62 -25 W 1 137 OVER 13
11/18/2021 Stony Brook W, 88-59 -25.5 W 3.5 144.5 OVER 2.5
11/25/2021 vs. North Texas W, 71-59 -14.5 L -2.5 131 UNDER -1
11/26/2021 vs. Dayton L, 73-74 -15 L -16 136.5 OVER 10.5
11/28/2021 vs. Iona W, 96-83 -13.5 L -0.5 142 OVER 37
12/3/2021 at St. John's W, 95-75 -7 W 13 157 OVER 13
12/7/2021 UTEP W, 78-52 -20.5 W 5.5 144 UNDER -14
12/11/2021 Missouri W, 102-65 -22 W 15 142.5 OVER 24.5
12/18/2021 Stephen F. Austin W, 80-72 -23.5 L -15.5 150.5 OVER 1.5
12/29/2021 Nevada W, 88-61 -15 W 12 159.5 UNDER -10.5
1/1/2022 George Mason W, 76-67 -19 L -10 145.5 UNDER -2.5
1/4/2022 at Oklahoma State W, 74-63 -6 W 5 147 UNDER -10
1/8/2022 at Texas Tech L, 67-75 -4.5 L -12.5 140 OVER 2
1/11/2022 Iowa State W, 62-61 -12 L -11 141.5 UNDER -18.5
1/15/2022 West Virginia W, 85-59 -11.5 W 14.5 143.5 OVER 0.5
1/18/2022 at Oklahoma W, 67-64 -3.5 L -0.5 144.5 UNDER -13.5
1/22/2022 at Kansas State W, 78-75 -7 L -4 139 OVER 14
1/24/2022 Texas Tech W, 94-91 -6.5 L -3.5 140 OVER 45
1/29/2022 Kentucky L, 62-80 -5 L -23 153 UNDER -11
2/1/2022 at Iowa State W, 70-61 -4.5 W 4.5 138.5 UNDER -7.5
2/5/2022 Baylor W, 83-59 -2.5 W 21.5 144.5 UNDER -2.5
2/7/2022 at Texas L, 76-79 -1.5 L -4.5 134.5 OVER 20.5
2/12/2022 Oklahoma W, 71-69 -10.5 L -8.5 141.5 UNDER -1.5
2/14/2022 Oklahoma State W, 76-62 -10.5 W 3.5 143.5 UNDER -5.5
2/19/2022 at West Virginia W, 71-58 -4.5 W 8.5 145.5 UNDER -16.5
2/22/2022 Kansas State W, 102-83 -12 W 7 142.5 OVER 42.5
2/26/2022 at Baylor L, 70-80 3.5 L -6.5 149 OVER 1
3/1/2022 at TCU L, 64-74 -5.5 L -15.5 144.5 UNDER -6.5
3/3/2022 TCU W, 72-68 -11 L -7 144.5 UNDER -4.5
3/5/2022 Texas W, 70-63 -6.5 W 0.5 137.5 UNDER -4.5
3/10/2022 West Virginia W, 87-63 -9 W 15 148 OVER 2
3/11/2022 TCU W, 75-62 -8 W 5 139 UNDER -2
3/12/2022 Texas Tech W, 74-65 -1.5 W 7.5 134.5 OVER 4.5
3/17/2022 vs. Texas Southern W, 83-56 -21.5 W 5.5 144 UNDER -5

Head to Head

Kansas is 1-0-0 against the spread when it plays against Texas Southern in recorded games since 2022. The over has hit in 0 out of 1 recorded head-to-head games (0%).

Date Opp Result Spread Cover By Total Over By
3/17/2022 vs. Texas Southern W, 83-56 -21.5 W 5.5 144 UNDER -5

Texas Southern ATS Performance

This Season

Texas Southern is 16-15-1 against the spread this year. The over has hit in 15 of 32 Texas Southern games (46.9%) this season.

Texas Southern is 3-1-1 against the spread at neutral sites this year. The over has hit in 2 of Texas Southern’s 5 games on neutral floors (40%) this season.

Date Opp Result Spread Cover By Total Over By
11/9/2021 at Oregon L, 66-83 20.5 W 3.5 148.5 OVER 0.5
11/12/2021 at Saint Mary's L, 58-67 18.5 W 9.5 136 UNDER -11
11/15/2021 at Washington L, 65-72 10 W 3 145.5 UNDER -8.5
11/17/2021 at Air Force L, 57-61 -2 L -6 132.5 UNDER -14.5
11/21/2021 at NC State L, 57-65 13.5 W 5.5 140.5 UNDER -18.5
11/24/2021 at BYU L, 64-81 19.5 W 2.5 136.5 OVER 8.5
12/1/2021 at Louisiana Tech L, 60-87 11 L -16 142 OVER 5
12/6/2021 at Florida W, 69-54 21 W 36 136.5 UNDER -13.5
12/14/2021 at UT Rio Grande Valley W, 70-60 -3 W 7 147 UNDER -17
1/3/2022 at Southern L, 50-63 -1.5 L -14.5 137 UNDER -24
1/5/2022 at Grambling W, 67-61 -6.5 L -0.5 134.5 UNDER -6.5
1/8/2022 Arkansas-Pine Bluff W, 90-71 -16.5 W 2.5 132.5 OVER 28.5
1/10/2022 Mississippi Valley State W, 95-58 -18.5 W 18.5 145 OVER 8
1/15/2022 at Alcorn State L, 72-73 -1 L -2 133.5 OVER 11.5
1/17/2022 at Jackson State L, 58-61 -1 L -4 125.5 UNDER -6.5
1/22/2022 Alabama A&M W, 78-44 -10.5 W 23.5 127.5 UNDER -5.5
1/24/2022 Alabama State W, 73-66 -12 L -5 138 OVER 1
1/29/2022 at Prairie View A&M W, 75-74 -3 L -2 142.5 OVER 6.5
2/5/2022 at Florida A&M W, 67-55 -3.5 W 8.5 132.5 UNDER -10.5
2/7/2022 at Bethune-Cookman W, 66-63 -8 L -5 126.5 OVER 2.5
2/12/2022 Grambling W, 68-65 -9 L -6 136 UNDER -3
2/14/2022 Southern L, 58-70 -3 L -15 138 UNDER -10
2/19/2022 at Mississippi Valley State W, 79-59 -10 W 10 143.5 UNDER -5.5
2/21/2022 at Arkansas-Pine Bluff W, 70-68 -9 L -7 136.5 OVER 1.5
2/26/2022 Jackson State W, 81-66 -6.5 W 8.5 122.5 OVER 24.5
2/28/2022 Alcorn State L, 72-75 -7.5 L -10.5 134 OVER 13
3/5/2022 Prairie View A&M W, 78-77 -6.5 L -5.5 140 OVER 15
3/9/2022 vs. Jackson State W, 54-50 -4 P 0 124 UNDER -20
3/11/2022 vs. Grambling W, 73-54 -7 W 12 134.5 UNDER -7.5
3/12/2022 vs. Alcorn State W, 87-62 -3 W 22 130.5 OVER 18.5
3/15/2022 vs. Texas A&M-CC W, 76-67 -3 W 6 135 OVER 8
3/17/2022 vs. Kansas L, 56-83 21.5 L -5.5 144 UNDER -5

Head to Head

Texas Southern is 0-1-0 against the spread when it plays against Kansas in recorded games since 2022. The over has hit in 0 out of 1 recorded head-to-head games (0%).

Date Opp Result Spread Cover By Total Over By
3/17/2022 vs. Kansas L, 56-83 21.5 L -5.5 144 UNDER -5
Note: Our ATS data dates back to the 2017-18 season.

News

News Updates

News updates via RotoWire.
  • Brison Gresham (03/16): Gresham contributed six points (3-6 FG), 13 rebounds, one assist and six blocks in 26 minutes during Tuesday's 76-67 victory over Texas A&;M-Corpus Christi.
  • Bryson Etienne (03/16): Etienne provided 21 points (5-9 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 9-9 FT), five rebounds, one assist and one steal in 31 minutes during Tuesday's 76-67 victory over Texas A&;M-Corpus Christi.
  • Mitch Lightfoot (03/15): Coach Bill Self said Lightfoot had a limited practice session on Tuesday, Matt Tait of the Lawrence Journal-World reports.
  • Mitch Lightfoot (03/13): Lightfoot injured his knee during the Jayhawks' Big 12 tournament-clinching win Saturday, and Kansas head coach Bill Self said Sunday that he has "no idea" if the big man will be available for the NCAA tournament, Riley Gates of 247 Sports reports.
  • Remy Martin (03/13): Martin posted 12 points (4-9 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four rebounds, four assists and three steals over 26 minutes during Saturday's 74-65 win over Texas Tech.
  • David McCormack (03/13): McCormack closed Saturday's 74-65 win over Texas Tech with 18 points (5-10 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 8-9 FT), 11 rebounds and one assist across 29 minutes.
  • Ochai Agbaji (03/13): Agbaji ended Saturday's 74-65 win over Texas Tech with 16 points (4-10 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 5-6 FT), seven rebounds, two assists and one block across 38 minutes.
  • Christian Braun (03/10): Braun closed Thursday's 87-63 win over West Virginia with 11 points (4-8 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 14 rebounds, two assists and one steal in 31 minutes.
  • Ochai Agbaji (03/07): Agbaji was voted unanimously as the Big 12 Player of the Year.
  • Jalen Wilson (03/07): Wilson provided 17 points (5-9 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 5-6 FT), 13 rebounds, two blocks and two steals across 37 minutes during Saturday's 70-63 1OT victory over Texas.
  • Christian Braun (03/07): Braun supplied 13 points (3-9 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 5-7 FT), 11 rebounds, one assist, one block and one steal across 37 minutes during Saturday's 70-63 1OT win over Texas.
  • David McCormack (03/07): McCormack notched 22 points (6-13 FG, 10-10 FT), 10 rebounds, one assist, one block and one steal over 36 minutes during Saturday's 70-63 1OT victory over Texas.
  • Remy Martin (03/05): Martin is back in the Jayhawks starting five ahead of Saturday's contest against Texas, Gary Bedore of The Kansas City Star reports.
  • Zach Clemence (03/03): Clemence (concussion) is available to play Thursday against TCU, Jordan Guskey of The Topeka Capital-Journal reports.
  • Zach Clemence (03/02): Clemence experience concussion like symptoms on the teams trip back to Lawrence and is in concussion protocol, Jesse Newell reports
  • Dajuan Harris (03/02): Harris finished Tuesday's 74-64 loss to TCU with zero points (0-3 FG, 0-2 3Pt) and seven assists across 25 minutes.
  • Christian Braun (03/02): Braun supplied 10 points (4-11 FG, 2-2 3Pt), five rebounds and one assist over 33 minutes during Tuesday's 74-64 loss to TCU.
  • Jalen Wilson (03/02): Wilson chipped in 13 points (6-11 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 0-1 FT), seven rebounds and one assist in 34 minutes during Tuesday's 74-64 loss to TCU.
  • Ochai Agbaji (03/02): Agbaji totaled 13 points (4-17 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 2-2 FT), eight rebounds, one assist, two blocks and one steal over 37 minutes during Tuesday's 74-64 loss to TCU.
  • Ochai Agbaji (02/28): Agbaji supplied 27 points (8-22 FG, 4-14 3Pt, 7-8 FT), six rebounds, three assists and one steal across 33 minutes during Saturday's 80-70 loss to Baylor.
  • David McCormack (02/26): McCormack (foot) registered 10 points (4-11 FG, 2-3 FT), 13 rebounds, two assists and two steals across 31 minutes in Saturday's 80-70 loss at Baylor.
  • Remy Martin (02/26): Martin had five points (2-3 FG, 1-1 3Pt) across 11 minutes off the bench in Saturday's 80-70 loss at Baylor.
  • Bobby Pettiford (02/25): Pettiford recently underwent surgery to repair an abdominal strain and will miss the rest of the 2021-22 season, Gary Bedore of The Kansas City Star reports.
  • David McCormack (02/24): McCormack (foot) may get added rest early in the Big 12 Tournament, Jesse Newell of The Kansas City Star reports.
  • Remy Martin (02/24): Martin (knee) is expected to practice on Thursday according to coach Bill Self, Matt Tait of the Lawrence Journal-World reports.