Texas' Jacob Young, from left, Jarrett Allen and Kendal Yancy defend against Long Beach State's Roschon Prince in the first half at the Frank Erwin Center on Saturday December 10, 2016. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

BEVO BEAT Men's Basketball

Men’s preview: Texas vs. Arkansas

Posted December 16th, 2016


Time: 1:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Toyota Center (capacity 18,055)

TV/Radio: ESPNU/104.9 FM The Horn


Series history: Arkansas leads the all-time series 86-67. The two teams met annually during the Southwest Conference era. However, they have not played each other since Texas won 79-46 on Jan. 4, 2011, in Austin.

TEXAS (5-4 overall)
12GKerwin Roach Jr.Soph.6-417511.33.0*
1GAndrew JonesFr.6-41908.33.7
0G/FTevin MackSoph.6-722015.54.3
31FJarrett AllenFr.6-112359.36.3
32FShaq CleareSr.6-82756.04.7
Coach: Shaka Smart (25-17, 2nd season at Texas; 188-73, 8th season overall)
*-indicates assists per game

About the Longhorns: From a historical perspective, neutral-site games weren’t always to Texas’ advantage in this series. The Razorbacks have a decided 16-3 edge in that department, the majority of which coming in the old Southwest Conference tournament. Arkansas also has a 5-1 all-time edge in games played in Houston. … Tevin Mack and Kerwin Roach Jr. are putting up solid numbers, but the Horns could use more production inside from F Jarrett Allen. Teams have clamped down with double teams when the ball goes inside, forcing UT’s big men to throw it back out. … This is Texas’ first trip to the Toyota Center since Dec. 20, 2008, a 67-63 loss to No. 19 Michigan State. The Horns are 3-1 at the home of the NBA’s Houston Rockets.

ARKANSAS (8-1 overall)
0GJaylen BarfordJr.6-320210.83.3
4GDaryl MaconJr.6-318511.62.9*
21GManuale WatkinsSr.6-32226.44.2
13FDustin ThomasJr.6-82258.14.2
33FMoses KingsleySr.6-1023011.18.2
Coach: Mike Anderson (110-65, 6th season at Arkansas; 310-163, 15th season overall)
*-indicates assists per game

About the Razorbacks: This isn’t the Arkansas of old. The program hasn’t been in the Associated Press Top 15 rankings since 2000. In today’s social-media driven society, Arkansas doesn’t call its defense “40 minutes of hell” like the old days, either. Now, it’s dubbed the #Fastest40. Coach Mike Anderson’s club has scored more than 20 fast-break points in four of nine games this season. … F Moses Kingsley has 26 blocks and 64 deflections this season. Later this season, he should become the 40th player in school history with 1,000 career points. … The Hogs are 27-2 in the last five years under Anderson when the opponent turns the ball over 20 times. … G Dusty Hannah has made 25 consecutive free throws and hit 55 of 59 in his last 12 games.

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