Texas players put pressure on Incarnate Word's Jerred Kite during the first half of their game at the Erwin Center on Friday, November 11, 2016. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

BEVO BEAT Men's Basketball

Men’s preview: Louisiana-Monroe vs. No. 21 Texas

Posted November 13th, 2016


Time: 7 p.m. Monday

Where: Erwin Center (16,540 capacity)

TV/Radio: LHN/104.9 FM The Horn


Series history: This is the second time these schools have met in school history. Texas won 90-55 on Nov. 26, 2005.

No. 21 TEXAS (1-0 overall)
12GKerwin RoachSoph.6-4175N/AN/A
5GKendal YancySr.6-321019.04.0
10GEric Davis Jr.Soph.6-319516.06.0
31FJarrett AllenFr.6-1123516.012.0
32FShaq CleareSr.6-82755.03.0
Coach: Shaka Smart (21-13, 2nd season at Texas; 184-69, 8th season overall)

About the Longhorns: Texas captured its 15th consecutive home-opening win with a 78-73 victory over Incarnate Word last Friday. But the Cardinals made it interesting, taking a one-point lead with 2:33 remaining. Still, it was a solid debut for UT’s freshmen big men Jarrett Allen and James Banks. Allen, the St. Michael’s product, had 16 points and 12 rebounds. Banks had nine rebounds and five blocks. … Freshman Jacob Young was 4 for 7 shooting and had 10 points in his debut. … The coaching staff has confidence in walk-on Ryan McClurg, a senior who’s seen it all. The 6-6 forward may come in handy as a possible fourth interior player this season.

LOUISIANA MONROE (1-0 overall)
3GMarcus WashingtonSr.6-21858.02.0
11GNick CoppolaSr.5-1119514.07.0
30G/FSam McDanielJr.6-62105.04.0
1FTravis MunningsSoph.6-619516.013.0
4CSam AlabakisFr.6-112206.05.0
Coach: Keith Richard (69-118, 7th season at Louisiana Monroe; 219-235, 16th season overall)

About the Warhawks: Don’t expect ULM to be intimidated. This is a program with a 28-4 home record the last two seasons, including a perfect 13-0 mark last season. ULM started this year’s campaign with a 96-63 demolition of Centenary. Jordon Harris came off the bench to score a team-high 23 points, and three others finished in double figures. … Nick Coppola is just the fifth player in school history with 100 career starts in 100 games. He had 14 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in the opener. … The Warhawks have three players from Australia on the roster — Sam Alabakis, Sam McDaniel and Kiir Deng. … ULM was picked to finish eighth in the Sun Belt.

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