(NCAAB) North Texas vs. Kansas, 11/25/2021 2:30 PM, Score: 59 - 71
Point Spread: 14.50 | -114.00 North Texas (Away)
Result: Win
8* North Texas (2:30 ET): 4th ranked Kansas should be considered the favorite here in the ESPN Invitational, which takes place in Kissimmee, FL. The only other ranked team in the field is #10 Alabama. But don’t be surprised if the Jayhawks struggle a bit in this first round matchup with stingy North Texas. The Jayhawks have not played in a week, so there may be some rust. There are also changes to the rotation with Jalen Wilson set to return from a suspension and two players injured. Bottom line: I’m taking the points in this Thanksgiving Day matchup.

North Texas is actually 7th in the country in points allowed (52.7 per game). The Mean Green really whipped TX-Arlington in its last game, winning 64-36. It was 26-3 out of the gate and they allowed just 12 points in the first half. Now, an earlier loss to Buffalo and B2B games with 35% shooting is a bit of concern when facing Kansas. But I expect the Mean Green to shoot a little bit better in this one. This is a team that’s gone 6-1 ATS its L7 neutral site games.

But it’ll be the North Texas defense that’s the key to this one. I don’t see Kansas scoring 87 points here as they have in each of their first three games. While the margins of victory continue to grow for Bill Self’s team and they are off a 29-point win over Stony Brook, the Jayhawks are just 5-14 ATS their L19 games coming off a SU win by 20 or more points. They were actually trailing Stony Brook with seven minutes to go in the first half. This is Kansas’ toughest opponent since the opener. 8* North Texas