California Baptist center Zach Pirog (33) contests a shot by Texas guard Matt Coleman III (2) during an NCAA college basketball game on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, in Austin, Texas. [NICK WAGNER/AMERICAN-STATESMAN]

BEVO BEAT Men's Basketball

Men’s preview: Texas vs. Prairie View A&M

Longhorns look to go 4-0 vs. Panthers at 7 p.m. Friday at the Erwin Center

Posted November 14th, 2019

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Texas vs. Prairie View A&M

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Erwin Center (capacity 16,540)

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TV/radio: Longhorn Network/104.9 The Horn

About the series: Texas has a 1-0 edge in the all-time series. The two schools’ lone meeting came on Dec. 30, 2005. Texas won 110-38. That Longhorns team would go on to win a share of the 2006 Big 12 championship and reach the Elite Eight.

TEXAS (3-0)
No.Pos.PlayerClassHt.PPGRPG
2GMatt ColemanJr.6-213.74.3*
3GCourtney RameySoph.6-312.06.0
13GJase FebresJr.6-57.31.7
0FGerald LiddellSoph.6-811.57.0
20FJericho SimsJr.6-98.36.3
Coach: Shaka Smart (74-66, 5th year at Texas; 237-122, 11th year overall)
*-indicates assists per game.

About the Longhorns: Contrary to how things appeared, coach Shaka Smart did not unload on his players for their wild 3-point shooting in the first half against California Baptist. Texas was 2-for-16 from long range and led by only four points at the break. “When coach Shaka came in the locker room, he was proud of our defense,” Courtney Ramey said. “Stick with our defense.” The Horns did have a strong defensive performance overall and held the Lancers to 34.5% shooting in a 67-54 win. This is UT’s final home tuneup before a major road trip to New York next week for the 2K Empire Classic. Texas will play Georgetown on Nov. 21 and then either Duke or California on Nov. 22 at Madison Square Garden.

PRAIRIE VIEW A&M (1-2)
No.Pos.PlayerClassHt.PPGRPG
1GDajuan MaddenJr.6-25.05.0*
3GChancellor EllisSr.6-416.02.0
15GGerard AndrusSr.6-510.03.0
4GAntione ListerSr.6-39.31.0
0FLenell HenryJr.6-85.36.3
Coach: Byron Smith (58-58, 5th year at Prairie View A&M)
*-indicates assists per game.

About the Panthers: Coach Byron Smith’s club probably looks at each season in two halves — the paycheck games and the winnable games. To help fund the athletic department, Prairie View sends the men’s basketball team into a series of brutal road games against major opponents, usually getting six-figure checks along the way. Prairie View faces Texas, California and Arizona State this season, for example. Last season, the squad started 1-11 but then closed the regular season winning 18 out of 19 games and still reached the NCAA Tournament as an automatic qualifier. This team is full of upperclassmen, but Lenell Henry was the only player who finished in double figures (10 points) in Tuesday’s 75-48 loss at Texas State.

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

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