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Kansas Jayhawks vs. North Texas Mean Green prediction and pick for Thursday's college basketball matchup. Jason Radowitz gives his pick for this Thanksgiving afternoon showdown.
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Kansas vs. North Texas Prediction: Will the Jayhawks Dominate in the ESPN Events Invitational?

The Kansas Jayhawks will take on the North Texas Mean Green at the HP Field House at 2:30 pm ET, Thursday, November 25, on Thanksgiving. Kansas and North Texas have each only played three games this season and will play another one in Orlando, Florida today. Kansas dominated Michigan State to start the season back on November 9 but hasn’t played a top-tier opponent since.

Meanwhile, North Texas already lost to Buffalo earlier this year and has just one win against an actual D-1 opponent coming into this game. With the way North Texas has shot the ball, Kansas is heavily favored in this matchup. Should that be the case? Here are our picks and predictions for North Texas vs. Kansas.

Kansas vs. North Texas Start Time, Where to Watch, and Odds

Date: Thursday, November 25, 2021Game Time: 2:30 pm ETWhere To Watch: ESPN

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Kansas vs. North Texas INJURY REPORT

North Texas: None

Kansas: Questionable: G Remy Martin (Back) Out: F Jalen Wilson (Suspension)

Kansas vs. North Texas Prediction

The North Texas Mean Green are shooting an effective field goal percentage of 43.2 percent while only scoring 39.3 percent of shots inside the arc. Meanwhile, Kansas has shut down opponents inside to just 44.4 percent on the year through three games.

With Kansas, we’re used to lots of height. This year’s team doesn’t have much height, but they’ve got plenty of talent. Defensively, the Jayhawks are holding opponents to a 46.7 percent effective field goal percentage while also allowing just 24.5 percent offensive rebounds per game. The Jayhawks have limited fouls and have an adjusted defensive efficiency of 88.8, which is the 11th best in the nation.

The Mean Green have four reliable scorers, including Tylor Perry, who is scoring 17.3 points per game. The 5-11 guard has an offensive rating of 142.3, which is good for 41st in the nation, but again, North Texas has only played three games.

On the other hand, Kansas is shooting an effective field goal percentage of 58.6 percent while turning the ball over just 13.7 percent of the time. The Jayhawks haven’t been getting to the line at a high rate, but they’re shooting it lights out. Kansas is nailing 38.5 percent from deep and 59.1 percent inside. Who needs height when you’ve got guards like Ochhai Agbaji averaging 26.3 points per game. Eventually, someone else other than Agbaji will need to step up. Still, this game seems like the perfect game for Agbaji to go off yet again, especially if Remy Martin isn’t available to play.

Meanwhile, North Texas has forced 28.2 percent turnovers per game this season and has been pressuring the ball like no tomorrow. However, against Kansas, that likely won’t work in comparison to going up against UT Arlington, for example.

Currently, the spread for Kansas is -14.5, and that just seems too short going up against North Texas. If Kansas is able to limit turnovers and defend inside the arc, they’ll be just fine and earn a couple of big runs in this game to pull away.

Kansas Jayhawks vs. North Texas Mean Green Pick

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Jason grew up an avid sports fan. His passion for sports writing grew in high school and he developed a blog that was strictly for New York Sports. From his work, you will quickly realize that he loves looking at games from an analytical and numbers perspective and hopes to provide you with that same perspective in his articles.

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