Courtney Ramey (3) during the Prairie View A&M Panthers at the Texas Longhorns at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin on Friday, November 15, 2019. [LOLA GOMEZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN]

BEVO BEAT Men's Basketball

Men’s preview: Texas vs. McNeese State

Longhorns-Cowboys meet at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Erwin Center

Posted November 29th, 2019

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Texas vs. McNeese State

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 2-0. The two teams last met on Dec. 19, 2002.

TEXAS (5-1)
No.Pos.PlayerClassHt.PPGRPG
2GMatt Coleman IIIJr.6-215.74.2*
3GCourtney RameySoph.6-38.74.8
13GJase FebresJr.6-58.82.5
0FGerald LiddellSoph.6-87.44.4
20FJericho SimsJr.6-98.56.8
Coach: Shaka Smart (76-67, 5th year at Texas; 239-123, 11th year overall)
*-indicates assists per game.

About the Longhorns: After six games, Texas finds itself at the bottom of the Big 12 in offensive rebounds. Coach Shaka Smart is asking every one of his players to get on the offensive glass. He’s imploring players to attack with violence. “Football is thought of as a violent game,” Smart said. “But basketball is also a game where if you can play with controlled violence, it can really work in your favor.” After splitting two games in New York, Texas fell out of the Associated Press Top 25 men’s basketball poll. One of the best aspects about a win over California was Texas had a season-low five turnovers. G Courtney Ramey also had 16 points in two games, a bounce-back of sorts after he was held scoreless against Prairie View A&M.

McNEESE STATE (2-5)
No.Pos.PlayerClassHt.PPGRPG
12GA.J. LawsonSr.6-511.43.3*
0GDru KuxhausenFr.6-015.12.4
22GRoydell BrownSr.6-56.06.1
13GTrey JohnsonSoph.6-34.22.0
23FSha'markus KennedySr.6-816.49.0
Coach: Heath Schroyer (11-27, 2nd year at McNeese State; 137-171, 11th year overall)
*-indicates assists per game.

About the Cowboys: Coach Heath Schroyer’s club has already made some big road trips and taken some lumps early. McNeese State lost at Western Michigan, Wisconsin and Richmond. Shamarkus Kennedy from Tuscaloosa, Ala., has boosted his totals from last season and is shooting 66.7% from the floor. Nobody in burnt orange should take the Cowboys lightly, especially after watching Stephen F. Austin taken down No. 1 Duke this week. “Should we have beaten Georgetown (in New York)? On paper, you might say we should. Georgetown felt like they should have won,” Smart said. “That’s been a huge message to our players. Guys, if we go by should, we’re going to have some problems. It’s all about what you go do.”

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

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