Texas guard Andrew Jones (1) celebrates scoring against Eastern Washington during a NCAA college basketball game at the Frank Erwin Center Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016. (Stephen Spillman / for AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

BEVO BEAT Men's Basketball

Men’s preview: Kent State vs. Texas

Posted December 26th, 2016


Time: 6 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Erwin Center (capacity 16,540)

TV/Radio: ESPNU/104.9 FM The Horn


Series history: This is the first meeting between the two schools. 

TEXAS (6-5 overall)
12GKerwin Roach Jr.Soph.6-417510.82.9*
1GAndrew JonesFr.6-41909.83.6
0G/FTevin MackSoph.6-722015.84.8
31FJarrett AllenFr.6-1123510.16.6
32FShaq CleareSr.6-82756.75.0
Coach: Shaka Smart (26-18, 2nd season at Texas; 189-74, 8th season overall)
*-indicates assists per game

About the Longhorns: At the moment, Texas ranks last in the Big 12 in scoring (71.3), shooting (.437), 3-point shooting (.303), rebounding (36.7), steals (5.7 per game) and assists (11.9 per game). Iowa State (8-3), Oklahoma (6-5) and Texas are the only schools without double-digit wins. … The Horns have hit at least one 3-pointer in every game dating back to Dec. 18, 1990. Texas was 0 for 2 that day against UC Santa Barbara. Since that time, the Horns have hit at least one 3-pointer in 869 consecutive games. … F Tevin Mack has become the team’s best 3-point shooter. He’s made 26 of 60 from beyond the arc. … There is still no update on when grad transfer Mareik Isom (ankle) will play. It’s believed he will be cleared in January.

KENT STATE (7-5 overall)
23GJaylin WalkerSoph.6-118013.83.3
55GKevin ZaboJr.6-21804.52.1*
13FMitch PetersonFr.6-51904.72.4
35FJimmy HallSr.6-823518.311.3
1CAdonis De La RosaSoph.7-02614.94.3
Coach: Rob Senderoff (107-72, 6th season at Kent State)
*-indicates assists per game

About the Golden Flashes: Coach Rob Senderoff’s club went all the way to Corvallis, Oregon, for a pre-Christmas game against Oregon State. The Flashes trailed by one at halftime, but the Beavers went on an 18-0 run to secure a 19-point win. … Kent State is the No. 1 offensive rebounding team in Division I, grabbing 17.8 boards per game. That means lots of second chances. Perhaps most ominous for Texas is that West Virginia (16.3) and Oklahoma State (16.1) rank second and fourth, respectively. … F Jimmy Hall is a do-it-all machine. He’s averaging a double-double and has almost three assists per game. … C Adonis De La Rosa is no slouch defensively. He drew 13 charges in the first 11 games this season.

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