Texas head coach, Shaka Smart, center right, listens to "The Eyes of Texas" with his team after an NCAA college basketball game against Iowa State, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, in Austin, Texas. Texas won 72-68. (AP Photo/Michael Thomas)

BEVO BEAT Men's Basketball

Men’s preview: Texas at Iowa State

Longhorns-Cyclones meet again two weeks after UT won by four points in Austin

Posted February 14th, 2020

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Texas at Iowa State

When: 1 p.m. Saturday

Where: Hilton Coliseum (capacity 14,356)

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TV/radio: ESPN2/104.9 The Horn

About the series: Texas leads the all-time series 24-17 and won six of the last seven matchups. Four Horns finished in double figures during their 72-68 win over the Cyclones on Feb. 1. Texas dug out of an eight-point hole with 13:24 remaining.

TEXAS (14-10 overall, 4-7 Big 12)
No.Pos.PlayerClassHt.PPGRPG
2GMatt Coleman IIIJr.6-212.83.9*
3GCourtney RameySoph.6-39.83.8
1GAndrew JonesSoph.6-410.52.3
33FKamaka HepaSoph.6-93.32.1
5FRoyce Hamm Jr.Jr.6-82.32.5
Coach: Shaka Smart (85-76, 5th year at Texas; 248-132, 11th year overall)
*-indicates assists per game.

About the Longhorns: Smart makes no bones about the importance of winning in Ames. “This is definitely a swing game for us and it’s important for us to put everything we have into it,” he said Thursday. He said the Horns have tried some new shooting drills after three dreadful performances from 3-point range. Texas was 4-for-24 against Kansas, 6-for-23 against Texas Tech and 3-for-17 against Baylor. That said, Coleman has been shooting well of late. He’s averaging 15.5 points in the last four games and even earned praise from Tech’s Chris Beard. It’s still unclear when or whether G Jase Febres (left knee) will return this season. Smart said testing revealed no ligament tear, only damaged cartilage from his injury last Saturday.

IOWA STATE (10-14 overall, 3-8 Big 12)
No.Pos.PlayerClassHt.PPGRPG
4GTre JacksonFr.6-13.51.6
11GPrentiss NixonSr.6-28.23.1
45GRasir BoltonSoph.6-214.92.6*
12FMichael JacobsonSr.6-96.55.3
33FSolomon YoungJr.6-89.13.7
Coach: Steve Prohm (93-67, 5th year at Iowa State; 197-96, 9th year overall)
*-indicates assists per game.

About the Cyclones: Prohm’s club is in a different position now since star guard Tyrese Haliburton (15.2 points per game) was lost for the season with a wrist injury. But the team was already slumping. Iowa State has lost five of the last six, including a 90-61 decision at Oklahoma. “Just a horrendous defensive effort in the second (half), horrendous effort,” Prohm told reporters afterward. “We just got smacked.” Terrence Lewis had a career-high 17 points by going 7-of-9 shooting. It’s helped that Young has played consistently, scoring in double figures five times in the last seven games. Still, it’s clear that Prohm is not going to let Haliburton’s absence be a reason to fall apart. “Losing Tyrese is not going to change the outcome of the game if you’re giving up 90 points on the road,” he said.

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

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