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No. 8 Texas vs. Sam Houston State: How to watch, series history

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Texas forward Brock Cunningham defends against California Baptist guard Ty Rowell during last week's game at the Erwin Center.

Monday’s game

No. 8 Texas vs. Sam Houston State, 7:30 p.m., Gregory Gym (UT students only, capacity 3,234)

TV/radio: LHN/104.9

About the series: Texas leads 15-2. The Horns won 79-63 last season on Dec. 16, 2020. Courtney Ramey hit five 3-pointers as Texas ran up a 27-point lead and then cruised the final 10 minutes. 

About the Longhorns: As promised, the Horns are playing suffocating defense. Texas is No. 10 nationally in scoring defense, allowing just 54.4 points per game. Beard’s charges have produced double-digit steal totals in four of the first five games. UT had a staggering 453 steals during the 1993-94 season (34 games). At their current pace, the Horns would have more than 350 in 34 games. Breaking that record, whether it happens this season or beyond, would be a nice feather in Beard’s defensive cap. Oddly enough, the Horns have finished in double figures on fast-break points only once (18 vs. Houston Baptist). “As soon as our defense ramps up a little bit more, our offense is going to thrive even more,” Andrew Jones said. “I’ve got to take a little more pride in not getting scored on, and our offense is going to come.”

About the Bearkats: Hooten’s club has taken some early lumps with losses at Nebraska and SMU. But that doesn’t mean this squad is a pushover. Sam Houston nearly erased a 24-point deficit against SMU and got as close as six before time ran out. Flagg had 21 points and 11 rebounds in the 75-66 loss. This same team also hit 13 3-pointers in a win over Arkansas-Little Rock. Sam Houston was picked to finish seventh in the WAC preseason polls, one spot behind California Baptist and four spots ahead of UT-Rio Grande Valley, a team Texas will face Friday. Lampley was a preseason all-WAC first-team selection. Flagg might be a familiar name to some. The Alvin graduate spent four seasons at Texas A&M before playing an extra year in Huntsville.

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