Texas coach Shaka Smart praised Kansas State's overall aggressiveness. K-State's Austin Budke lunges for a loose ball during the CBE Hall Of Fame Classic game against the North Carolina at Sprint Center on November 24, 2015. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

BEVO BEAT Men's Basketball

Men’s Preview: Texas vs. Kansas State

Posted January 4th, 2016


Time: 8 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Erwin Center (capacity 16,540)

TV/Radio: Longhorn Network/104.9 The Horn


Series history: Kansas State leads the all-time series, 17-13. Texas swept both games last season, including a 62-49 win in the regular-season finale on March 7, 2015.

TEXAS (8-5 overall, 0-1 Big 12)
1GIsaiah TaylorJr.6-318516.64.9*
3GJavan FelixSr.5-1120510.31.7*
5GKendal YancyJr.6-32102.10.8
21FConnor LammertSr.6-102355.95.4
44CPrince IbehSr.6-112651.33.7
Coach: Shaka Smart (8-5, 1st year at Texas; 171-61, 7th year overall)
*-indicates assists per game

About the Longhorns: Shaka Smart said G Isaiah Taylor wasn’t told explicitly to take over the second half of the Texas Tech game. “It was a conscious decision to be more aggressive (as a team),” Smart said. Still, Taylor scored 28 of his career-high 35 points after the break. … Smart said G Demarcus Holland’s limited minutes the last two games is due to a personal family issue and not injury related. “He’s such a big part of what we do, he adds a level of toughness and aggressiveness and senior leadership,” Smart said. … It may help the offense if F Connor Lammert looks to take a few more shots. He usually takes only 4-6 shots per game, many from 3-point range.

KANSAS STATE (15-12 overall, 4-10 Big 12)
No. Pos.PlayerClassHt.Wt.PPGRPG
5GBarry BrownFr.6-31959.22.8*
14GJustin EdwardsSr.6-420012.05.7
25G/FWesley IwunduJr.6-721012.04.6
32FDean WadeFr.6-102259.65.1
4FD.J. JohnsonJr.6-92508.15.0
Coach: Bruce Weber (77-50, 4th year at K-State; 390-205, 18th year overall)
*-indicates assists per game

About the Wildcats: Smart has been impressed with coach Bruce Weber’s team by watching film. “They have really good spirit as a group,” Smart said. “They never stop coming at you with their aggressiveness.” … K-State suffered an 80-70 loss to North Carolina in November and a 78-68 loss to Texas A&M in mid-December. The Longhorns were 1-1 against those two opponents this season. Despite those losses, the Wildcats are one of only 10 teams to win 11 games against ranked opponents each of the last three seasons. … K-State knows how to spread it around. Five different players have led the team in scoring, the most since the 1998-99 season.

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