McNeese State Cowboys forward Sha'markus Kennedy (23) tries to steal the ball from Texas Longhorns guard Matt Coleman III (2) in the first half of a NCAA basketball game at the Frank Erwin Center, Saturday November 30, 2019. [RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL / AMERICAN-STATESMAN]

BEVO BEAT Men's Basketball

Men’s preview: Texas vs. Texas A&M

Longhorns-Aggies renew their basketball rivalry for the first time officially since Nov. 2015

Posted December 6th, 2019

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Texas vs. Texas A&M

When: 2 p.m. Sunday

Where: Dickies Arena, Fort Worth (capacity 13,300)

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TV/radio: ABC/104.9 The Horn

About the series: Texas leads the all-time series 137-86. The Longhorns won an exhibition on Oct. 25, 2017, in a game at Rice meant to help raise funds for Hurricane Harvey relief. But they have not played a regular-season game since Nov. 25, 2015, in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas.

TEXAS (7-1)
No.Pos.PlayerClassHt.PPGRPG
2GMatt Coleman IIIJr.6-213.84.9*
3GCourtney RameySoph.6-39.94.6
13GJase FebresJr.6-58.62.3
0FGerald LiddellSoph.6-86.14.6
20FJericho SimsJr.6-99.17.0
Coach: Shaka Smart (78-67, 5th year at Texas; 241-123, 11th year overall)
*-indicates assists per game.

About the Longhorns: Coleman, coach Shaka Smart’s long-coveted leader, is off to the best start of his career. He’s averaging new career highs in points (13.8), 3-point shooting (50%) and assists per game (4.9). “I thank my teammates for just believing in me and having the maturity and the character to hold me accountable as well,” Coleman said. “Now it’s just me and my mindset. I’m a junior now, playing carefree and all i want to do is just win.” Jones was careful to say “the floodgates aren’t officially open” even though he made a career-high six 3-pointers against UAB. Jase Febres was 1-for-4 beyond the arc and had a quite night. “Once everybody gets that rhythm and start really gelling as a group, it’s going to be fun to watch,” Jones said.

TEXAS A&M (3-4)
No.Pos.PlayerClassHt.PPGRPG
3GQuenton JacksonJr.6-57.42.0*
12GMark FrenchSr.5-82.61.6
11GWendell MitchellSr.6-39.63.3
1GSavion FlaggJr.6-711.04.6
32FJosh NeboSr.6-910.05.3
Coach: Buzz Williams (3-4, 1st year at Texas A&M; 256-159, 13th year overall)
*-indicates assists per game.

About the Aggies: A&M is and forever will be a football school. But it’s also a place where the basketball coach has to hustle to generate excitement, something women’s coach Gary Blair has long perfected. Men’s coach Buzz Williams has not generated much excitement in his first season. A&M had two of the smallest crowds in Reed Arena history in November. The roster has been depleted with injuries and junior guard TJ Starks left the program. A&M is currently on a three-game losing streak, having lost to Harvard, Temple and Fairfield. It’s not exactly what A&M leaders had in mind when they lured Williams away from Virginia Tech with a six-year contract worth $24 million.

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

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