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Preview: Northwestern State vs. Texas

Posted November 9th, 2017

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NORTHWESTERN STATE VS. TEXAS

When: 7:15 p.m. Friday

Where: Erwin Center (capacity 16,540)

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TV/radio: Longhorn Network/104.9 The Horn

Series history: The Longhorns lead the series 4-0, but the two teams haven’t played in ages. The last game on Dec. 3, 1988, probably left first-year UT coach Tom Penders with heartburn. The Runnin’ Horns won 109-104 as the team showed the predictable interest in defense of that era. Three night later, Texas gave up 91 points to Oral Roberts. Penders’ crew still won 25 games that season and reached the NCAAs.

TEXAS (0-0)

No., Pos., Name, Class, Ht., PPG, RPG

2, G, Matt Coleman, Fr., 6-2, N/A, N/A

1, G, Andrew Jones, Soph., 6-4, 11.4, 3.9

12, G, Kerwin Roach Jr., Jr., 6-4, 9.9, 3.9

21, F, Dylan Osetkowski, Jr., 6-9, N/A, N/A

4, C, Mo Bamba, Fr., 6-11, N/A, N/A

All statistics from the 2016-17 season. 

About the Longhorns: Every team talks about the importance of winning one game at a time. But Texas needs a strong start, first against Northwestern State and then on Tuesday against New Hampshire. UT will also host Lipscomb on Nov. 18 before a Thanksgiving weekend road trip to Portland, Ore., for the PK80 tournament. The fastest way to 20 wins and a trip to the NCAAs is to win a bunch of non-conference games. These first three are all winnable.

NORTHWESTERN STATE (0-0)

No., Pos., Name, Class, Ht., PPG, RPG

3, G, Devonte Hall, Sr., 6-1, 9.8, 4.6*

1, G, Iziahiah Sweeney, Sr., 6-3, 8.4, 3.8

10, G, Malik Metoyer, Jr., 6-7,4.3, 3.8

34, F, Brandon Hutton, Soph., 6-5, N/A, N/A

20, F/C, Ishmael Lane, Jr., 6-8, 11.0, 6.2

*-indicates assists per game. All statistics from the 2016-17 season. 

About the Demons: The starting lineup may not matter all that much under coach Mike McConathy’s “wave system” of mass substitutions to keep players fresh. This is a hard Southland conference team to read as well with six freshmen and eight newcomers. Seventh-year G Jalan West will not play the first three games of the year due to secondary NCAA rules violations. He’s had multiple knee injuries in consecutive seasons but still had 20 points in an exhibition win over Grambling.

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

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