Oklahoma State's Lindy Waters III (21) looks to pass the ball around Texas Tech's Jahmi'us Ramsey (3) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, in Lubbock, Texas. (AP Photo/Brad Tollefson)

BEVO BEAT Men's Basketball

Men’s preview: Texas at Oklahoma State

Posted January 14th, 2020

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Texas at Oklahoma State

When: 7 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Gallagher-Iba Arena (capacity 13,611)

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TV/radio: ESPN+/104.9 The Horn

RELATED: Texas-Oklahoma State is first of two Longhorns’ games on subscription-based ESPN+

About the series: Texas leads the all-time series 51-44. The Horns are 5-3 over the Cowboys over the last four seasons.

TEXAS (11-4 overall, 1-2 Big 12)
No.Pos.PlayerClassHt.PPGRPG
2GMatt Coleman IIIJr.6-212.34.3*
3GCourtney RameySoph.6-311.14.3
13GJase FebresJr.6-510.22.3
33FKamaka HepaSoph.6-92.41.5
20FJericho SimsJr.6-99.38.5
Coach: Shaka Smart (82-70, 5th year at Texas; 245-126, 11th year overall)
*-indicates assists per game.

About the Longhorns: Andrew Jones’ hot start fueled speculation he could be a key scorer throughout the season. Jones has scored 20 points twice and shooting 35.1% from 3-point range. But he had five points against Oklahoma and four points against Kansas State. He’s now a key portion of an opposing team’s scouting report. “Andrew wants to be good as much or more than any player I’ve ever coached and he wants to help his team,” coach Shaka Smart said. Former Texas star Kris Clack, UT’s first McDonald’s All-American, will have his jersey retired during ceremony Friday at his alma mater Anderson.

OKLAHOMA STATE (9-6 overall, 0-3 Big 12)
No.Pos.PlayerClassHt.PPGRPG
21GLindy Waters IIISr.6-612.02.2*
13GIsaac LikekeleSoph.6-411.34.6
4GThomas DziagwaSr.6-48.41.5
1GJonathan LaurentSr.6-62.92.2
12FCameron McGriffSr.6-79.76.8
Coach: Mike Boynton (42-41, 3rd year at Oklahoma State)
*-indicates assists per game.

About the Cowboys: Like Texas, coach Mike Boynton’s club played a favorable non-conference schedule to string up victories early. Oklahoma State got off to a 7-0 start and beat Ole Miss in the process. Losses to Georgetown, Wichita State and Minnesota were speed bumps along the way. It’s a group of veterans, but Lindy Waters is the only senior averaging double figures. He’s also averaged 10 points in four games against the Horns. The Cowboys may be struggling offensively, but the team plays solid defense. OSU ranks 21st nationally in adjusted defensive efficiency, according to Kenpom’s analytics.

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

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