Texas head coach Shaka Smart speaks with Eric Davis (10) during a NCAA college basketball game at the Frank Erwin Center Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015. (Stephen Spillman for AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

BEVO BEAT Men's Basketball

Men’s preview: Texas vs. Appalachian State

Posted December 14th, 2015

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Time: 7 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Erwin Center (capacity 16,540)

TV/Radio: Longhorn Network/104.9 The Horn

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Series history: Texas leads the all-time series, 1-0. The Longhorns won the last meeting, 78-43, on Jan. 2, 2009.

TEXAS (6-3 overall)
No.Pos.PlayerClassHt.Wt.PPGRPG
1GIsaiah TaylorJr.6-318513.84.8*
2GDemarcus HollandSr.6-31905.02.3
3GJavan FelixSr.5-1120510.72.3*
21FConnor LammertSr.6-102356.04.8
55CCam RidleySr.6-1029012.39.9
Coach: Shaka Smart (6-3, 1st year at Texas; 169-59, 7th year overall)
*-indicates assists per game

About Texas: Now that the euphoria and adrenaline has worn off, Shaka Smart and his players had mixed reviews of the defensive effort of last Saturday’s win over North Carolina. The Tar Heels shot 52 percent from the floor and were an impressive 24 of 28 from the free-throw line. … Freshman Eric Davis (10.4 points per game) sometimes repeats Smart’s words back to him and brings tremendous energy. “When a guy does that, it tends to rub off on other people,” Davis said. … F Connor Lammert admitted he might’ve passed up some shooting opportunities against the Heels; he is off to the best start of his career from 3-point range (38.2 percent).

APPALACHIAN STATE (2-6 overall)
No.Pos.PlayerClassHt.Wt.PPGRPG
2GRonshad ShabazzFr.6-519010.03.6
10GChris BurgessSr.5-817011.62.1*
21GFrank EavesSr.6-217520.53.5
5FGriffin KinneySoph.6-82206.94.6
34FJacob LawsonSr.6-82304.54.0
Coach: Jim Fox (14-23, 2nd year at Appalachian State)
*-indicates assists per game

About Appalachian State: While the Mountaineers’ overall record doesn’t look impressive, the team has streaky shooting potential. Appalachian State shot a red-hot 67.4 percent overall in a 10-point loss to Stephen F. Austin. … Frank Eaves had a whopping 38 points in an 86-80 loss to Hofstra and went 6 for 12 from 3-point range. … Texas’ Cam Ridley and Prince Ibeh should have a field day on the glass. App State’s leading rebounder grabs only 4.6 boards per game. … This is Texas’ last lesser-known opponent for the rest of the month. Texas travels to face Stanford on Saturday and then hosts Connecticut during the holiday break on Dec. 29.

 

 

 

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