Texas forward Royce Hamm Jr. (5) gets his hand on the shot of Purdue forward Trevion Williams (50) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in West Lafayette, Ind., Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

BEVO BEAT Men's Basketball

Men’s preview: Texas vs. California Baptist

Longhorns-Lancers will have their first meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Erwin Center

Posted November 11th, 2019

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Texas vs. California Baptist

When: 7 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Erwin Center (capacity 16,540)

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TV/radio: Longhorn Network/104.9 The Horn

About the series: First meeting

TEXAS (2-0)
No.Pos.PlayerClassHt.PPGRPG
2GMatt ColemanJr.6-216.04.0*
3GCourtney RameySoph.6-38.56.0
13GJase FebresJr.6-58.02.0
0FGerald LiddellSoph.6-814.08.0
20FJericho SimsJr.6-97.04.0
Coach: Shaka Smart (73-66, 5th year at Texas; 236-122, 11th year overall)
*-indicates assists per game.

About the Longhorns: Kenpom’s computer analytics have never been higher on coach Shaka Smart’s club than now. After a 2-0 start, Texas ranks 22nd in the Division I rankings topping all previous finishes the last four seasons — 39th (2016), 70th (2017), 36th (2018) and 25th (2019). Coach Shaka Smart is giving defensive assistant Luke Yaklich incredible leeway. “When Purdue made those five early 3s against us, he about blew a gasket. It was exactly what the guys needed to hear,” Smart said. Purdue shot 50% overall from long range. Smart said the entire team needs to rebound better. The Horns are minus-9 on the boards in two games thus far. Despite a 2-0 start and solid road win, Texas did not get into this week’s Associated Press Top 25. 

CALIFORNIA BAPTIST (2-0)
No.Pos.PlayerClassHt.PPGRPG
0GMilan AcquaahJr.6-319.07.0*
31GFerron Flavors Jr.Jr.6-419.52.0
15GBrandon BoydSr.6-114.02.0
35FDe'Jon DavisSr.6-712.59.5
12CGlenn MorisonSoph.6-104.55.5
Coach: Rick Croy (18-15, 2nd year at Cal Baptist)
*-indicates assists per game.

About the Lancers: It’s understandable if college basketball watchers are unfamiliar with this team, which is now in its second season as a Division I program. But this is no upstart. California Baptist was a regular in the NCAA Division II tournament. Coach Rick Croy has a 150-44 overall record during his seven seasons, and the school regularly turns out all-conference performers. Milan Acquaah, who transferred from Washington State, was named the WAC newcomer of the year last season. He averaged 19 points and shot 41.5% from the floor. Cal Baptist smashed Cal Lutheran on Friday, winning by 56 points. Of note, the Lancers shot 60% from the floor and 41.9% from 3-point range.

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

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