Texas players react after another slam dunk by teammate Jericho Sims (20) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against West Virginia in Morgantown, W.Va., Saturday Feb. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Craig Hudson)

BEVO BEAT Men's Basketball

NIT preview: Texas vs. South Dakota State

Posted March 18th, 2019


Texas vs. South Dakota State

When: 8 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Erwin Center (capacity 16,540)


TV/radio: ESPN/104.9 The Horn

Tickets: Tickets range from $12 to $14 and can be purchased through the Texas box office. The upper deck of the arena will be closed.

About the NIT: The tournament consists of 32 teams. All regular-season conference champions who did not make the NCAA Tournament earn an automatic invitation. The tournament uses several different rules, including a longer 3-point line and wider lane.

About the series: This is the first meeting between the two schools.

TEXAS (16-16, 8-10 Big 12)
2GMatt Coleman IIISoph.6-210.03.6*
3GCourtney RameyFr.6-37.93.0*
13GJase FebresSoph.6-58.82.7
21FDylan OsetkowskiSr.6-910.47.4
20FJericho SimsSoph.6-93.93.0
Coach: Shaka Smart (66-66, 4th year at Texas; 229-122, 10th year overall)
*-indicates assists per game.

About the Longhorns: Coach Shaka Smart said he challenged the Longhorns to come out strong in the NIT. “The bottom line is if you’re a competitor and you have a team coming in to play you on your own floor, you’re excited,” Smart said. The Horns have not played in the NIT since 1986. Texas will be without freshman forward Jaxson Hayes, who suffered a knee injury in the Big 12 tournament. A source familiar with Hayes’ injury said it’s not considered serious, and the big man has mostly soreness. Without Hayes, Jericho Sims and Royce Hamm Jr. will be called upon for more rebounding. Together, the two reserves average 5.3 rebounds per game. Jase Febres has made only three 3-pointers in the last three games after making 20 in the three games before that.

SOUTH DAKOTA STATE (24-8, 14-2 Summit)
2GTevin KingSr.6-29.34.3*
5GDavid Jenkins Jr.Soph.6-219.73.4
34GAlex AriansFr.6-46.24.8
1GSkyler FlattenSr.6-615.53.7
24FMike DaumSr.6-925.311.7
Coach: T.J. Otzelberger (70-32, 3rd year at South Dakota State)
*-indicates assists per game.

About the Jackrabbits: The Summit League champions have probably been sitting at home for a week furious over their loss in the conference tournament. Western Illinois captured a 79-76 win in the Summit tournament quarterfinals, dropping SDSU’s all-time record in the series to 26-5. The Jackrabbits will want to take their frustrations out on the Longhorns. Senior Mike Daum ranks ninth in Division I history with 3,042 points. He’s one of only three players in the last 20 years to have multiple 30 points and 20 rebounds in the same season. His season high was 42 points against Southern. Overall, SDSU is the second-best shooting team in Division I with a staggering .503 shooting percentage. The Jackrabbits also rank third nationally by shooting 41 percent beyond the arc.

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

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