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Preview: Michigan vs. Texas on ‘Star Wars’ night at the Erwin Center

Posted December 11th, 2017

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Michigan vs. Texas

When: 8 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Erwin Center (capacity 16,540)

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TV/radio: ESPN2/104.9 The Horn

About the series: Michigan leads the all-time series 4-2. The Wolverines captured a 53-50 win in Ann Arbor last December. The Longhorns shot 35 percent in the second half and missed 10 of their last 12 shots in the final nine minutes. Michigan took a 51-50 lead with 16 seconds left.

TEXAS (6-2)

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

2, G, Matt Coleman, Fr., 6-2, 7.5, 4.0*

10, G, Eric Davis Jr., Jr., 6-3, 8.0, 1.5

12, G, Kerwin Roach Jr., Jr., 6-4, 11.1, 3.8

21, F, Dylan Osetkowski, Jr., 6-9, 14.0, 7.9

4, C, Mo Bamba, Fr., 6-11, 10.7, 10.1

*-indicates assists per game

About the Longhorns: The offense may be inconsistent, but not the Texas defense. The Horns have the Big 12’s best and 22nd-best nationally perimeter defense. Opponents are hitting just 28.2 percent of their shots beyond the arc. … UT coach Shaka Smart earned career win No. 200 with last week’s 71-67 win over Virginia Commonwealth. … Tuesday is “Star Wars” night at the Erwin Center. Fans are encouraged to arrive early for photos with movie characters outside sections 23, 44 and 60. “The Last Jedi” film posters and face tattoos will be distributed at 7 p.m. outside section 44 while supplies last.

MICHIGAN (8-3)

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

55, G, Eli Brooks, Fr., 6-0, 4.4, 1.6*

1, G, Charles Matthews, Jr., 6-6, 14.6, 3.5*

12, G, Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman, Sr., 6-4, 9.6, 4.2

22, G/F, Duncan Robinson, Sr., 6-8, 9.5, 3.0

13, F, Moritz Wagner, Jr., 6-11, 16.1, 8.0

About the Wolverines: Coach John Beilein’s club is coming off a stunning comeback win over UCLA on Saturday. The Wolverines erased a 15-point deficit and captured a 78-69 overtime win at home. Moritz Wagner and Charles Matthews both scored more than 20 points as Michigan forced 20 turnovers. … Sophomore Zavier Simpson had a career-high 15 points against the Bruins. He’s averaging just 4.5 points per game this season. … Simpson and Eli Brooks could be U-M’s top two choices at point guard, a position that lacked a clear leader in October. … Michigan is shooting just under 63 percent at the line.

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

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