Texas forward Jericho Sims is sandwiched in between two Oklahoma defenders, Kristian Doolittle,(21), and Brady Manek, (35), during NCAA basketball game held, on Wednesday Jan., 8, 2020, in Austin, Texas. (Rodolfo Gonzalez / For Statesman)

BEVO BEAT Men's Basketball

Men’s preview: Texas vs. Kansas State

Longhorns-Wildcats typically play close games, but K-State has won five of the last six

Posted January 10th, 2020

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Texas vs. Kansas State

When: 7 p.m. Saturday

Where: Erwin Center (capacity 16,540)

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TV/radio: Longhorn Network/104.9 The Horn

About the series: Kansas State leads the all-time series 22-16. The Wildcats have given the Longhorns all sorts of problems in recent years, winning five of the last six.

TEXAS (10-4 overall, 0-2 Big 12)
No.Pos.PlayerClassHt.PPGRPG
2GMatt Coleman IIIJr.6-212.14.4*
1GAndrew JonesSoph.6-410.92.2
13GJase FebresJr.6-510.22.2
33FKamaka HepaSoph.6-91.81.2
20FJericho SimsJr.6-99.48.5
Coach: Shaka Smart (81-70, 5th year at Texas; 244-126, 11th year overall)
*-indicates assists per game.

About the Longhorns: Players said coach Shaka Smart wanted more “paint touches” against Kansas State and more opportunities for Jericho Sims. The quiet junior has shown flashes of being the best player on the floor at times the last few games and can’t get the ball enough. Sims had only nine shots against Oklahoma. Also, Kamaka Hepa said the Horns had a goal of 20 points in transition in the loss; Texas finished with 15. Against Kansas State, Hepa said the emphasis has been “ball movement and pushing the ball on the break.” Typically, these games against K-State are close. Five of the last eight have been decided by three points or less.

KANSAS STATE (7-7 overall, 0-2 Big 12)
No.Pos.PlayerClassHt.PPGRPG
2GCartier DiarraJr.6-412.05.8*
00GMike McGuirlJr.6-26.42.5
20FXavier SneedSr.6-515.35.3
23FMontavious MurphyFr.6-94.33.4
14FMakol MawienSr.6-98.04.9
Coach: Bruce Weber (157-96, 8th year at Kansas State; 470-251, 22nd year overall)
*-indicates assists per game.

About the Wildcats: This is not the same team K-State team that won a share of the Big 12 title last season. Then again, when these two teams first met in early January last year, the Wildcats gave no indication they would blossom into one of the league’s best. Xavier Sneed and Cartier Diarra are two crafty veterans that have given Texas matchup problems in the past. TCU beat K-State on Tuesday with a tip-in with 11 seconds left. Five of the Wildcats’ seven losses have been by six points or less. “I hate being 0-2 (in Big 12 play), which we were last year,” coach Bruce Weber told reporters afterward. “I hate it. I hate it for our guys. We have been in both games.” Sneed said he’s trying to maintain focus. “Texas coming up next. Just getting a W there in Texas,” he said.

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

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