Kansas State guard Barry Brown Jr. (5) drives to the basket past George Mason forward Goanar Mar (0) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Manhattan, Kan., Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

BEVO BEAT Men's Basketball

Men’s preview: Texas at Kansas State

Posted January 1st, 2019

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Texas at Kansas State

When: 8 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Bramlage Coliseum (capacity 12,528)

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TV/radio: ESPNU/104.9 The Horn

About the series: Kansas State leads the all-time series 21-15. The Wildcats have won four straight, sweeping the season series the last two years. This came after Texas won four straight.

TEXAS (8-4)
No.Pos.PlayerClassHt.PPGRPG
2GMatt Coleman IIISoph.6-210.33.0*
55GElijah Mitrou-LongJr.6-17.93.3
12GKerwin Roach IISr.6-414.04.0
21FDylan OsetkowskiSr.6-910.18.5
10FJaxson HayesFr.6-119.94.8
Coach: Shaka Smart (58-54, 4th year at Texas; 221-110, 10th year overall)
*-indicates assists per game.

About the Longhorns: Under Texas coach Shaka Smart, almost every game against Kansas State is a nail-biter. Five of the last six games have been decided by three points or less. Non-conference play wasn’t perfect, but at least Texas got some momentum out of a 20-point win over UT-Arlington. The Horns had a season-low five turnovers while five players finished in double figures. G Kerwin Roach II had 11 points after missing the Providence game with stomach illness. “Going into league play, we have to have (guard Matt Coleman) and ‘Snoop’ at a high level in terms of leadership, in terms of consistently leading our team on both ends of the floor,” Smart said.

KANSAS STATE (10-2)
No.Pos.PlayerClassHt.PPGRPG
5GBarry BrownSr.6-313.94.5
2GCarter DiarraSoph.6-45.63.5
3GKamau StokesSr.6-011.13.3*
20FXavier SneedJr.6-511.55.8
14FMakol MawienJr.6-96.94.2
Coach: Bruce Weber (135-82, 7th year at K-State; 448-237, 21st year overall)
*-indicates assists per game.

About the Wildcats: Through good years or bad, Kansas State is a difficult challenge at home. The Wildcats are 7-0 at Bramlage Coliseum this season and currently have a nine-game home winning streak going overall. Coach Bruce Weber’s team also had a lot of confidence, too. The club has won 29 consecutive non-conference home games. Veterans were upset that Saturday’s 59-58 win over George Mason was too close for comfort. “We were stagnant at times, and they made plays and we didn’t make stops like we did in the first half,” G Barry Brown told reporters. “I felt like that was a big factor during the game.”

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

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