Baylor guard MaCio Teague (31) celebrates after making a three against Florida during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, in Gainesville, Fla. (AP Photo/Matt Stamey)

BEVO BEAT Men's Basketball

Men’s preview: Texas vs. No. 1 Baylor

Longhorns are 0-10 all-time against opponents ranked No. 1, but Bears are familiar foe

Posted February 9th, 2020

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Texas vs. No. 1 Baylor

When: 8 p.m. Monday

Where: Erwin Center (capacity 16,540)

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TV/radio: ESPN/104.9 The Horn

About the series: Texas leads the all-time series 163-92. Baylor captured the first matchup in first half of Big 12 play 59-44. The Bears were plus-13 on the glass and scored 21 second-chance points. The Horns are 1-8 in the last nine games in this series.

TEXAS (14-9 overall, 4-6 Big 12)
No.Pos.PlayerClassHt.PPGRPG
2GMatt Coleman IIIJr.6-212.94.0*
3GCourtney RameySoph.6-310.03.9
1GAndrew JonesSoph.6-410.52.2
33FKamaka HepaSoph.6-93.31.8
20FJericho SimsJr.6-99.77.9
Coach: Shaka Smart (85-75, 5th year at Texas; 248-131, 11th year overall)
*-indicates assists per game.

About the Longhorns: School officials had no injury updates Sunday about G Jase Febres (left knee) and F Kai Jones (left ankle). Both were injured in the second half Saturday against Texas Tech. It’s unlikely either player will be cleared to play Monday. Texas doesn’t play again until next Saturday at Iowa State. One overlooked notable from Saturday was that Coleman became the 38th player in school history to score 1,000 career points. He has 1,006 points in 96 career games with the Horns. Asked about Texas’ inconsistency, Coleman said, “Defensively, we gave up 19 points in the first half and gave up 43 in the second half. Just not raising our level to meet our competitors activity and they raised their level, so we have to raise ours even more.”

No. 1 BAYLOR (21-1 overall, 10-0 Big 12)
No.Pos.PlayerClassHt.PPGRPG
12GJared ButlerSoph.6-315.33.0*
31GMaCio TeagueJr.6-314.64.9
11GMark VitalJr.6-56.16.2
45GDavion MitchellSoph.6-19.92.7
33FFreddie GillespieSr.6-810.19.1
Coach: Scott Drew (339-210, 17th year at Baylor; 359-221, 18th year overall)
*-indicates assists per game.

About the Bears: Unlike other teams this season, Drew’s club has no problem playing with the No. 1 ranking. The Bears take a school-record 20-game winning streak into Monday’s matchup. It’s also tied for second among the longest winning streaks of any Big 12 team (Kansas, 22 games in 1997; Kansas 20 games in 2008). Baylor did make it interesting Saturday against Oklahoma State. Teague had a season-high 24 points, but the Bears still had to make eight free throws in the last 14 seconds to close out a 78-70 win. “It was a tough game but it will prepare us for the physical Texas team and again, down the stretch, physicality increases. It’s something we can expect,” Gillespie told reporters afterward. Baylor is predicted to win seven of its final eight games of the regular season by Kenpom.com.

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

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