North Carolina forward Nassir Little (5) and forward Sterling Manley (21) react during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against St. Francis in Chapel Hill, N.C., Monday, Nov. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

BEVO BEAT Men's Basketball

Preview: Texas vs. No. 7 North Carolina

Longhorns have won 7 of the last 8 games in the series against the Tar Heels

Posted November 21st, 2018

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Texas vs. No. 7 North Carolina

When: 6:30 p.m. Thursday

Where: Orleans Arena, Las Vegas (capacity 7,500)

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TV/Radio: FS1/104.9 The Horn

About the series: Texas leads the all-time series 7-3. The last meeting was a barnburner at the Erwin Center. Javan Felix hit an 18-footer at the buzzer to give the Longhorns an 84-82 win. UT has won three straight and seven of the last eight in this series.

TEXAS (4-0)
No.Pos.PlayerClassHt.PPGRPG
2GMatt Coleman IIISoph.6-27.34.3*
12GKerwin Roach IISr.6-415.36.3
13GJase FebresSoph.6-57.51.5
21FDylan OsetkowskiSr.6-911.89.8
20FJericho SimsSoph.6-96.55.3
Coach: Shaka Smart (54-50, 4th year at Texas; 217-106, 10th year overall)
*-indicates assists per game.

About the Longhorns: So far, there have been plenty of positives, according to Texas coach Shaka Smart. “I like that our guys have found ways to win games where we didn’t necessarily play our best for 40 minutes,” he said. The Horns are 4-0 in the rebounding battle and had more assists than turnovers in three out of four games. The team’s two seniors, Kerwin Roach II and Dylan Osetkowski, are leading the way offensively. “We still need to get better at the violence with which we move and cut and sprint the floor,” Smart said.

No. 7 NORTH CAROLINA (5-0)
No.Pos.PlayerClassHt.PPGRPG
13GCameron JohnsonSr.6-917.06.2
2GCoby WhiteFr.6-511.62.0
24GKenny WilliamsSr.6-45.82.4
32FLuke MayeSr.6-814.88.6
15FGarrison BrooksSoph.6-910.66.0
Coach: Roy Williams (429-126, 16th year at North Carolina; 847-227, 31st year overall)

About the Tar Heels: Just like Texas, coach Roy Williams’ club has played lower-level competition with one game mixed in that got North Carolina’s attention, a 90-72 win over Stanford. Senior Luke Maye is well known and freshman Nassir Little was ranked the third-best recruit in the nation for 2018. Williams has been upset at his team’s propensity to turn the ball over early this season. “Not listening, not learning, all of those kind of things,” he told UNC reporters. “Coach (Dean) Smith used to say that turnovers are either selfishness or carelessness.”

Contact Brian Davis at 512-445-3957. Email bdavis@statesman.com.

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