Texas guard Jase Febres,(13), against Eastern Illinois during the first half of NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday Nov.6, 2018, in Austin, Texas. [Rodolfo Gonzalez for AMERICAN-STATESMAN]

BEVO BEAT Men's Basketball

Preview: Texas vs. Radford

Posted November 29th, 2018

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No. 17 Texas vs. Radford

When: 6 p.m. Friday

Where: Erwin Center (capacity 16,540)

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TV/Radio: Longhorn Network/104.9 The Horn

About the series: First meeting.

No. 17 TEXAS (5-1)
No.Pos.PlayerClassHt.PPGRPG
2GMatt Coleman IIISoph.6-29.73.8*
12GKerwin Roach IISr.6-418.65.4
13GJase FebresSoph.6-56.51.5
21FDylan OsetkowskiSr.6-912.37.8
20FJericho SimsSoph.6-95.74.7
Coach: Shaka Smart (55-51, 4th year at Texas; 218-107, 10th year overall)
*-indicates assists per game.

About the Longhorns: Shaka Smart’s squad made its first foray into The Associated Press Top 25 rankings this week at No. 17. It’s the highest the Longhorns have been in Smart’s four seasons in Austin. The offense got a shot of confidence by scoring 92 points against North Carolina in Las Vegas. “That just helped the team knowing we can compete with anybody,” guard Jase Febres said. Freshman Jaxson Hayes has been named the Big 12 newcomer of the week twice already this season. He’s averaging 10.5 points and 6.0 rebounds while shooting a team-high 68.6 percent as a spark off the bench.

RADFORD (5-1)
No.Pos.PlayerClassHt.PPGRPG
5GDonald HicksJr.6-39.54.0
10GCaleb TannerSr.6-112.71.2*
11GTravis Fields Jr.Jr.5-1010.62.6
24FEd Polite Jr.Sr.6-512.211.2
20CMawdo SallahSr.6-86.54.8
Coach: Mike Jones (121-117, 8th year at Radford)
*-indicates assists per game.

About the Highlanders: Radford may not be a common name, but it’s one of the top smaller conference teams out there. Coach Mike Jones’ club was picked to win the Big South title this season with a veteran lineup that returned almost 80 percent of its scoring from last season. Carlik Jones, a sophomore from Cincinnati, averages 19 points off the bench. Ed Polite Jr. is only the fifth player in school history with 500 rebounds and 100 blocks in school history. It’s also a squad that will test UT’s perimeter defense. Radford ranks among the top 20 in 3-point shooting percentage (.423).

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

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