Connecticut's Rodney Purvis (44) lays in two points late in the second half against UMass-Lowell at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn., on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015. UConn won, 88-79. (Patrick Raycraft/Hartford Courant/TNS)

BEVO BEAT Men's Basketball

Men’s preview: Texas vs. Connecticut

Posted December 28th, 2015


Time: 8 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Erwin Center (capacity 16,540)

TV/Radio: ESPN2/104.9 The Horn


Series history: UConn leads the all-time series, 5-3. The Longhorns won the last matchup on Jon Holmes’ last-second 3-pointer, 55-54, at Gampel Pavilion on Nov. 30, 2014.

TEXAS (8-3 overall)
1GIsaiah TaylorJr.6-318514.75.1*
2GDemarcus HollandSr.6-31904.52.3
3GJavan FelixSr.5-1120510.41.7*
21FConnor LammertSr.6-102355.95.1
44CPrince IbehSr.6-112651.23.0
Coach: Shaka Smart (8-3, 1st year at Texas; 171-59, 7th year overall)
*-indicates assists per game

About the Longhorns: Coach Shaka Smart’s team enjoyed a nine-day holiday break since its last game, a two-point road win over Stanford. But there was a significant setback during practice on Sunday when center Cameron Ridley suffered a broken left foot. He’ll have surgery on Tuesday. Prince Ibeh likely fills his spot in the starting lineup. … Texas ranks last in the Big 12 in free-throw shooting percentage (.611). … This is the last tuneup before Big 12 play begins at Texas Tech on Saturday. … Isaiah Taylor (14.7) is the only Texas player among the top 15 scorers in the league. He’s scored at least 20 points three this so far this season.

CONNECTICUT (8-3 overall)
No. Pos.PlayerClassHt.Wt.PPGRPG
2GJalen AdamsFr.6-31876.02.5
4GSterling GibbsSr.6-219111.52.3
44GRodney PurvisJr.6-420515.22.9
5G/FDaniel HamiltonSoph.6-719513.05.9*
32FShonn MillerSr.6-722213.05.4
Coach: Kevin Ollie (80-36, 4th year at UConn)
*-indicates assists per game

About the Huskies: Coach Kevin Ollie’s team also is battling injuries. Center Amida Brimah recently had surgery to repair a broken finger. He’s expected to miss at least six weeks. Brimah ranked ninth nationally with 3.0 blocks per game. Reserve guard Sam Cassell Jr. is fighting through a sprained ankle. … Still, the Huskies are one of the best shooting teams in Division I. UConn hit 58.1 percent of its shots in a 92-52 win over Central Connecticut before Christmas. Ollie praised Shonn Miller after scoring 25 points in the win. “The ball in his hands, he’s magical,” said Ollie, who is a personal friend to Texas coach Shaka Smart.

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