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Preview: Louisiana Tech vs. Texas

Posted December 15th, 2017

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Louisiana Tech vs. Texas

When: 1 p.m. Saturday

Where: Erwin Center (capacity 16,540)

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TV/radio: Longhorn Network/104.9 The Horn

About the series: The Longhorns are 3-0 in the all-time series, but the games have been far and few between. Texas won in January 1975 at the Senior Bowl Tournament in Mobile, Ala. Then came home wins for UT in December 2002 and November 2010.

TEXAS (6-3)

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

2, G, Matt Coleman, Fr., 6-2, 7.2, 3.8*

10, G, Eric Davis Jr., Jr., 6-3, 5.4, 1.4

12, G, Kerwin Roach Jr., Jr., 6-4, 11.1, 4.0

21, F, Dylan Osetkowski, Jr., 6-9, 14.3, 7.6

4, C, Mo Bamba, Fr., 6-11, 10.6, 10.1

About the Longhorns: One of the biggest names under the microscope on Saturday will be Eric Davis, Jr. He’s scored in double figures only twice this season and had just one point in Tuesday’s 59-52 loss to Michigan. He must contribute more offensively in the wake of Andrew Jones’ fractured wrist injury. “We need more from him. We flat-out do,” coach Shaka Smart said. … Matt Coleman played all 40 minutes against the Wolverines but didn’t have much to show for it. He finished with five points, two assists and one turnover. … Louisiana Tech and Monday’s game against Tennessee State are likely the two easiest games left this season.

LOUISIANA TECH (7-3)

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

4, G, DaQuan Bracey, Soph, 5-11, 14.3, 5.0*

00, G, Jacobi Boykins, Sr., 6-6, 14.0, 5.7

2, G, Jalen Harris, Soph., 6-4, 16.4, 4.6

22, F, Jy’lan Washington, Jr., 6-9, 6.3, 3.3

5, C, Joniah White, Jr., 7-0, 5.4, 4.3

About the Bulldogs: Coach Eric Konkol’s club is struggling offensively, too. Louisiana Tech managed just a season-low 25 points in the first half on Tuesday against Louisiana-Lafayette. The Bulldogs fell behind by 18 points and could not recover, despite shooting 60 percent in a furious second-half rally. … Tech led for 36 minutes against Alabama before losing to the Crimson Tide 77-74 in late November. … Jacobi Boykins became the 40th player in school history to score 1,000 career points earlier this month. He’s a career 44-percent shooter. … Jalen Harris of Duncanville is having a better year from 3-point range. He’s hit almost 46 percent.

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

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