Barry Brown #5 of the Kansas State Wildcats takes a shot as Deonte Burton #30, Matt Thomas #21, and Nick Weiler-Babb #1 of the Iowa State Cyclones block in the second half of play at Hilton Coliseum on January 24, 2017 in Ames, Iowa. The Iowa State Cyclones won 70-65 over the Kansas State Wildcats. (Photo by David Purdy/Getty Images)

BEVO BEAT Men's Basketball

Men’s preview: Kansas State vs. Texas

Posted February 17th, 2017


Time: 1 p.m. Saturday

Where: Erwin Center (capacity 16,540)

TV/Radio: Longhorn Network/104.9 FM The Horn


About the series: Kansas State leads the all-time series 18-15. In the last matchup on Dec. 30, the Longhorns had a seven-point lead, fell behind by 13, mounted a furious comeback but ultimately lost 65-62 in the Big 12 opener.

TEXAS (10-16, 4-9 Big 12 overall)
12GKerwin Roach Jr.Soph.6-417510.23.7*
1GAndrew JonesFr.6-419011.44.2
10GEric Davis Jr.Soph.6-31957.82.7
31FJarrett AllenFr.6-1123513.28.5
32FShaq CleareSr.6-82758.54.8
Coach: Shaka Smart (30-29, 2nd season at Texas; 193-85, 8th season overall)
*-indicates assists per game

About the Longhorns: Coach Shaka Smart fully believes that Jarrett Allen’s wrist injury is the key culprit for the freshman’s recent woes at the free throw line. Allen is 1 for 15 in the last two games. That’s whacked his season total, making Allen a 53.1 percent shooter for the season. That injury hasn’t stopped him from throwing down some incredible right-handed dunks against Oklahoma State and Oklahoma en route to back-to-back double-doubles. … Kerwin Roach Jr. is coming out of his mini funk after getting 13 points in each of the last two games. He also had 10 assists and five turnovers in those games. … The Longhorns have won four of the last five games against the Wildcats. UT is 9-6 against K-State in games at the Erwin Center.

KANSAS STATE (16-10, 5-8 Big 12 overall)
3GKamau StokesSoph.6-016512.34.3*
5GBarry BrownSoph.6-319512.23.3
25GWesley IwunduSr.6-720512.46.2
4FD.J. JohnsonSr.6-923711.56.0
32FDean WadeSoph.6-102309.84.8
Coach: Bruce Weber (95-64, 5th season at Kansas State; 408-219, 19th season overall)
*-indicates assists per game

About the Wildcats: Coach Bruce Weber’s team fell into a 19-point hole on Wednesday against Iowa State and ended up on the wrong end of a 87-79 decision. Barry Brown had a game-high 21 points, but it was the Wildcats’ third consecutive loss. K-State shot 58 percent in the second half but never got closer than six points down the stretch. “The coaches can only do so much and it falls back on the players to get themselves motivated to come out at the jump ball, ready to play,” K-State guard Wesley Iwundu said. … The Wildcats are starting to show some wear and tear defensively. K-State has allowed 80 points in consecutive games for the first time since February 2014. … Kamau Stokes has posted double-digit scoring totals in 16 straight games.

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