Texas Tech's Jarrett Culver (23) and Kansas State's Cartier Diarra (2) reach for the loose ball during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, in Lubbock, Texas. (AP Photo/Brad Tollefson)

BEVO BEAT Men's Basketball

Men’s preview: Texas vs. No. 8 Texas Tech

Posted January 11th, 2019

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Texas vs. No. 8 Texas Tech

When: 1 p.m. Saturday

Where: Erwin Center (capacity 16,540)

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TV/radio: Longhorn Network/104.9 The Horn

About the series: Texas leads the all-time series 86-58. The Longhorns have won 22 consecutive games against the Red Raiders in Austin. Tech has not won at the Erwin Center since Feb. 24, 1996.

TEXAS (10-5, 2-1 Big 12)
No.Pos.PlayerClassHt.PPGRPG
2GMatt Coleman IIISoph.6-210.23.3*
55GElijah Mitrou-LongJr.6-17.63.5
12GKerwin Roach IISr.6-413.35.0
21FDylan OsetkowskiSr.6-910.07.9
10FJaxson HayesFr.6-119.85.1
Coach: Shaka Smart (60-55, 4th year at Texas; 223-111, 10th year overall)
*-indicates assists per game.

About the Longhorns: Forward Jericho Sims (sprained right ankle) is not expected to play Saturday, however he is progressing faster than first thought. Sims has started doing light work in practice. Coach Shaka Smart has labeled Sims out indefinitely. The Horns typically play well at home under Smart. UT is 44-17 at the Erwin Center in his four seasons. Texas has a plus-8.5 bench scoring edge over its opponents this season. The school was selling $10 general admission seats behind both baskets for this game, but those are now sold out. Other seats in the lower bowl are available for $40.

No. 8 TEXAS TECH (14-1, 3-0 Big 12)
No.Pos.PlayerClassHt.PPGRPG
13GMatt MooneySr.6-310.73.9
25GDavide MorettiSoph.6-39.61.7
23GJarrett CulverSoph.6-519.03.9*
32CNorense OdiaseSr.6-94.54.6
11FTariq OwensSr.6-107.95.2
Coach: Chris Beard (59-25, 3rd year at Texas Tech; 89-30, 4th year overall)
*-indicates assists per game.

About the Red Raiders: Coach Chris Beard’s team has won four straight since a narrow loss to No. 2 Duke. This team doesn’t let up defensively, though. Tech currently ranks second nationally in scoring defense, allowing a measly 53.5 points per game. It has the nation’s No. 1-ranked defense, allowing opponents to make 33.3 percent of its shots. Graduate transfer Tariq Owens is a big reason why. He’s got a team-high 38 blocks. Neither Texas nor Tech are proficient at 3-point shooting. Both coaches may prefer an aggressive, driving style from their guards anyway. Tech is shooting 71.1 percent from the free-throw line compared to UT’s 67.3 percent.

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

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