Northwestern forward Nathan Taphorn (32), guard Bryant McIntosh (30), right, and center Dererk Pardon (5) react during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Mississippi Valley State on Friday, Nov. 11, 2016, in Evanston, Ill. Northwestern won 94-63. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)

BEVO BEAT Men's Basketball

Men’s preview: No. 23 Texas vs. Northwestern

Longhorns, Wildcats meet in the Legends Classic in Brooklyn

Posted November 20th, 2016

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Time: 8:30 p.m. Monday

Where: Barclays Center (17,732 capacity)

TV/Radio: LHN/104.9 FM The Horn

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Series history: The series is tied 1-1. The Longhorns lost by two in the Memphis State Classic on Dec. 21, 1965. Then, Texas captured a 63-59 win at home on Dec. 23, 1974.

No. 23 TEXAS (3-0 overall)
No.Pos.PlayerClassHt.Wt.PPGRPG
12GKerwin Roach Jr.Soph.6-417511.03.0*
5GKendal YancySr.6-321013.73.7
10GEric Davis Jr.Soph.6-319511.06.0
31FJarrett AllenFr.6-1123510.08.0
32FShaq CleareSr.6-82756.34.0
Coach: Shaka Smart (23-13, 2nd season at Texas; 186-69, 8th season overall)
*-indicates assists per game

About the Longhorns: Texas has an all-time record of 8-2 in the Legends Classic tournament. This is the team’s third appearance in this event (2007 and 2011). … In the first three games, six Longhorns shot 50 percent or better. That includes senior Kendal Yancy and freshman Andrew Jones, who both have posted three consecutive double-digit scoring games. Sophomore Tevin Mack is also off to a strong start from 3-point range, hitting eight of 14 shots from downtown. His 19 points against Eastern Washington was one shy of tying a career high. … UT’s perimeter defense has been solid so far, too. Opponents are hitting almost 22 percent of their 3-point shots.

NORTHWESTERN (2-1 overall)
No.Pos.PlayerClassHt.Wt.PPGRPG
30GBryant McIntoshJr.6-318513.75.3*
20G/FScottie LindseyJr.6-521013.06.0
4FVic LawSoph.6-720520.35.3
34FSanjay LumpkinSr.6-62208.05.3
5CDererk PardonSoph.6-82358.05.3
Coach: Chris Collins (51-49, 4th season at Northwestern)
*-indicates assists per game

About the Wildcats: Coach Chris Collins’ team had two easy victories and then saw a significant jump in competition against Butler on the road. Vic Law had 17 points and three others finished in double figures, but Butler’s Kamar Baldwin nailed a jumper with 0.8 seconds remaining for the 70-68 win. … This will be the toughest test UT’s guards have faced thus far. Junior Bryant McIntosh has 16 assists in three games and has a career 12.7 points average. … Scottie Lindsey will force defenders out of the paint. He was 3 for 6 from 3-point range in a season-opening win but just 1 for 6 in the last two. … These are veterans. Three starters and 10 letterwinners overall return from last season.

 

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