Texas Tech's Niem Stevenson (10) tries to shoot the ball around Iowa State's Solomon Young (33) during an NCAA college basketball game in Lubbock, Texas, Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. (Brad Tollefson/Lubbock Avalanche-Journal via AP)

BEVO BEAT Men's Basketball

Men’s preview: Texas at Texas Tech

Posted February 28th, 2017

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Time: 8 p.m. Wednesday

Where: United Supermarkets Arena (capacity 15,000)

TV/Radio: ESPN2/104.9 FM The Horn

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Series history: Texas leads the all-time series 84-55. UT coach Shaka Smart got a rude welcome to the Big 12 when the Horns lost his league debut game in Lubbock last season 82-74. Former coach Rick Barnes lost in the Hub City only three times in 17 seasons.

TEXAS (10-19, 4-12 Big 12 overall)
No.Pos.PlayerClassHt.Wt.PPGRPG
12GKerwin Roach Jr.Soph.6-417510.13.9*
1GAndrew JonesFr.6-419011.53.3*
10GEric Davis Jr.Soph.6-31957.92.6
31FJarrett AllenFr.6-1123513.68.4
32FShaq CleareSr.6-82758.04.7
Coach: Shaka Smart (30-32, 2nd season at Texas; 193-88, 8th season overall)
*-indicates assists per game

About the Longhorns: This time last year, UT’s freshmen were done with the basketball season. But Jarrett Allen, Andrew Jones, James Banks and Jacob Young must press onward. Smart indicated they might have hit a wall. “We’re asking more of those guys than we typically would,” Smart said. “I need to get Jarrett more of a rest out there. But he gets so gassed. We need to get him another minute or two (of rest) here or there.” Allen is averaging about 35 minutes per game in league play. Senior Shaq Cleare’s minutes can vary based on his foul situation. Same goes for Banks. Allen is the only freshman in the league among the top 10 players in minutes played. He also ranks 10th in scoring (13.6), third in rebounding (8.4) and third in shooting percentage (.578).

TEXAS TECH (17-12, 5-11 Big 12 overall)
No.Pos.PlayerClassHt.Wt.PPGRPG
2GDevon ThomasSr.6-01754.62.9*
12GKeenan EvansJr.6-318515.62.7
5GJustin GrayJr.6-62109.05.4
11FZach SmithJr.6-822012.87.4
21FAnthony LivingstonSr.6-822010.13.7
Coach: Chris Beard (17-12, 1st season at Texas Tech; 47-17, 2nd season overall)
*-indicates assists per game

About the Red Raiders: Coach Chris Beard’s team looks like a completely different unit than the one Texas saw on Feb. 1. The Red Raiders, like the Longhorns, are huffing and puffing to the regular season finish line. Oklahoma State dealt Tech its third straight loss with an 80-63 decision on Saturday as the Raiders were playing their fifth game in a 15-day span.  “I don’t think there’s a difference in getting beat by 40 or by two,” Beard said afterward. “I’m not over there trying to keep it close, we’re over there trying to win.” … Considering how role players shine against UT, watch out for Shadell Millinghaus, who had seven points and six rebounds vs. OSU. … The Raiders have played stingy defense all season long. Tech is third in the league in points allowed (67.8).

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