Texas guard Matt Coleman goes in for a layup attempt against Providence on Dec. 21, 2019. Sandor Bodo/The Providence Journal

BEVO BEAT Men's Basketball

Men’s preview: Texas vs. High Point

Longhorns get back on the court for their final non-conference test before Big 12 play opens Saturday

Posted December 29th, 2019

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Texas vs. High Point

When: 7 p.m. Monday

Where: Erwin Center (capacity 16,540)

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TV/radio: Longhorn Network/104.9 The Horn

About the series: First meeting

TEXAS (9-2)
No.Pos.PlayerClassHt.PPGRPG
2GMatt Coleman IIIJr.6-212.84.5*
3GCourtney RameySoph.6-310.74.5
13GJase FebresJr.6-510.52.4
0FGerald LiddellSoph.6-85.14.1
20FJericho SimsJr.6-98.57.1
Coach: Shaka Smart (80-68, 5th year at Texas; 243-124, 11th year overall)
*-indicates assists per game.

About the Longhorns: Before the Christmas break, coach Shaka Smart wanted his players to truly think about what happened in the loss at Providence and what kind of team it wanted to be when Big 12 play began. “Overall, regardless of who was in the game for us, regardless of matchups, we didn’t demonstrate enough desperation to do all the little things you have to do on the defensive end to have a hard enough edge to stand up to a team like Providence,” Smart said after the 70-48 setback. The Horns set new season lows for scoring and shooting (31.7%). This is the final tune-up before Saturday’s Big 12 opener at Baylor, a team that’s 9-1 going into Monday’s play. It’s critical that Texas come out of the High Point game with confidence and feeling like things are pointed up.

HIGH POINT (3-9)
No.Pos.PlayerClassHt.PPGRPG
5GCurtis Holland IIISoph.6-214.51.8*
3GJamal WrightSr.5-115.52.1
11GBryant RandlemanFr.6-43.62.8
20FEric Coleman Jr.Fr.6-87.04.5
35FCaden SanchezSoph.6-85.94.5
Coach: Tubby Smith (19-24, 2nd year at High Point; 616-326, 29th year overall)
*-indicates assists per game.

About the Panthers: One of the best players in High Point’s brief history as a Division I program might be sitting on Texas’ bench. Graduate assistant Adam Weary played 116 games for the Panthers from 2013-16 and finished with a career 10.8 scoring average. His last season, High Point went 21-11 and won the Big South. The program has plodded through three middling seasons since. Former Kentucky and Texas Tech coach Tubby Smith now prowls the sidelines, trying to impart almost three decades of experience. But it’s a team with one of the lowest shooting percentages (.395) in Division I and allows 77.6 points per game. The school itself is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the United Methodist Church in High Point, N.C.

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

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