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Preview: Texas vs. Butler in the PK80 Invitational

Posted November 22nd, 2017

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When: 6 p.m. Thursday

Where: Veterans Memorial Coliseum (capacity 12,888)

TV/radio: ESPN2/104.9 The Horn FM

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About the series: Butler won the only game in series history in what proved to be the final game in coach Rick Barnes’ 17-season tenure at Texas. The Bulldogs didn’t score a field goal for 11 minutes, 39 seconds during one stretch but still pulled out a 57-48 win in an NCAA tournament game in Pittsburgh.

TEXAS (3-0)

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

2, G, Matt Coleman, Fr., 6-2, 8.0, 3.3*

1, G, Andrew Jones, Soph., 6-4, 13.0, 3.3

12, G, Kerwin Roach Jr., Jr., 6-4, 12.7, 2.3*

21, F, Dylan Osetkowski, Jr., 6-9, 11.3, 9.0

4, C, Mo Bamba, Fr., 6-11, 14.0, 9.0

About the Longhorns: Coach Shaka Smart openly admitted how this will be a major step up in competition. “This week for the first time we’ll see a level of adversity within games,” he said. It will be interesting to see how Smart divides the minutes. All eleven scholarship players got double-digit minutes on average in the first three games. Smart has typically used an eight-man rotation, although this team’s depth is a strength. … Texas is likely to have a big fan in the stands. Kamaka Hepa, a 6-foot-9 forward who just signed a national letter of intent, lives in Portland.

BUTLER (3-1)

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

2, G, Aaron Thompson, Fr., 6-2, 7.0, 4.3*

3, G, Kamar Baldwin, Soph., 6-1, 13.8, 2.8

30, F, Kelan Martin, Sr., 6-7, 15.0, 8.3

22, G/F, Sean McDermott, Soph., 10.0, 3.0

4, F, Tyler Wideman, Sr., 6-8, 12.3, 4.0

About the Bulldogs: Butler’s only loss this season came at Maryland, 79-65. The Bulldogs bounced back with a win over Furman in which they shot a season-high 57.4 percent from the floor. … McDermott has scored 17 points in back-to-back games by hitting 8 of 14 shots from 3-point range combined. … Butler has some firepower off the bench, too. Paul Jorgensen scored a career-high 16 points against Furman on 7 of 10 shooting. … This will be a major test for Texas’ frontcourt. Butler has an 82-point advantage over opponents this season in points in the paint.

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

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