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Preview: Tennessee State vs. Texas

Posted December 17th, 2017

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Tennessee State vs. Texas

When: 8 p.m. Monday

Where: Erwin Center (capacity 16,540)

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TV/radio: ESPN2/104.9 The Horn

About the series: These two teams have met only once before. The Longhorns captured an 84-72 win over the Tigers in the Big Apple NIT in Ames, Iowa, on Nov. 30, 1987.

TEXAS (7-3)

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

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

10, G, Jacob Young, Soph., 6-2, 5.8, 1.4

12, G, Kerwin Roach Jr., Jr., 6-4, 10.8, 4.0

21, F, Dylan Osetkowski, Jr., 6-9, 15.1, 7.5

4, C, Mo Bamba, Fr., 6-11, 11.0, 10.0

About the Longhorns: Jacob Young had one of the most understated performances on Saturday against Louisiana Tech. With Andrew Jones and Eric Davis Jr. both sidelined by wrist injuries, Young got the starting nod and had 10 points on 4 of 9 shooting. He also did not have a turnover in a season-high 27 minutes. … Free throws continue to dog the Horns. They made only 8 of 16 from the stripe in the first half against the Bulldogs and finished the game hitting almost 62 percent total. … Sophomore center James Banks saw limited action on Saturday after not playing in four of the previous six games. He had two points and five rebounds and one block.

TENNESSEE STATE (5-4)

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

0, G, Armani Chaney, Jr., 5-10, 8.2, 3.8*

1, G, Delano Spencer, Sr., 6-3, 15.7, 3.6

2, G, Kamar McKnight, Soph., 6-4, 10.1, 2.1

21, F, Christian Mekowulu, Jr., 6-9, 11.4, 9.6

4, F, Ken’Darrius Hamilton, Sr., 6-9, 10.1, 4.4

About the Tigers: Coach Dana Ford’s club is currently in the middle of a six-game road trip. Tennessee Tech will play at Purdue on Thursday and before opening Ohio Valley Conference play at Tennessee-Martin on Dec. 28. … Tennessee State opened the season with a 92-56 loss at Kansas. The Jayhawks shot 60 percent from the floor as the Tigers were 8 for 23 from 3-point range. … Spencer and Hamilton are consistent scorers for the Tigers, both routinely finishing in double figures. … Ford was an assistant at Wichita State and Illinois State before taking over at Tennessee State. His Tigers got votes in the AP Top 25 poll after starting 6-0 last season.

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

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