Baylor forward Johnathan Motley (5) shoots over Iowa State forward Solomon Young (33) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

BEVO BEAT Men's Basketball

Men’s preview: No. 11 Baylor vs. Texas

Posted March 3rd, 2017

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Time: 3 p.m. Saturday

Where: Erwin Center (capacity 16,540)

TV/Radio: ESPN/104.9 FM The Horn

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About the series: Texas leads the all-time series 162-87. The Longhorns are also 32-15 since the formation of the Big 12 conference during the 1996-97 academic year. UT and Baylor have been in the same athletic conference since 1915.

TEXAS (10-20, 4-13 Big 12 overall)
No.Pos.PlayerClassHt.Wt.PPGRPG
12GKerwin Roach Jr.Soph.6-417510.13.9*
1GAndrew JonesFr.6-419011.23.4*
10GEric Davis Jr.Soph.6-31957.72.6
31FJarrett AllenFr.6-1123513.48.5
32FShaq CleareSr.6-82758.24.7
Coach: Shaka Smart (30-33, 2nd season at Texas; 193-89, 8th season overall)
*-indicates assists per game

About the Longhorns: Better late than never for freshman Jacob Young. The 6-foot-2 freshman from Houston has endured a grizzly initial season in Austin. He likely felt some relief after hitting four 3-pointers (on nine attempts) in Wednesday’s 67-57 loss at Texas Tech. It was a season high in made 3-pointers and his first multi-3-pointer game in two months. “Coaches and stuff around me just keep saying, ‘Follow the process.’ I kept following the process, and eventually I’m pretty sure from listening to those guys, you’ll learn a lot,” Young said. This will be a critical offseason for Young. He’s shooting 24 percent from 3-point range, five percentage points less than Damarcus Croaker did at UT as a freshmen (2013-14) before transferring to Murray State.

No. 11 BAYLOR (24-6, 11-6 Big 12 overall)
No.Pos.PlayerClassHt.Wt.PPGRPG
20GManu LecomteJr.5-1117512.44.0*
25GAl FreemanJr.6-32009.82.3
5FJohnathan MotleyJr.6-1023017.59.7
0FJo Lual-Acuil Jr.Jr.7-02209.36.9
24FIshmail WainrightSr.6-52355.65.1
Coach: Scott Drew (276-178, 14th season at Baylor; 296-189, 15th season overall)
*-indicates assists per game

About the Bears: Coach Scott Drew’s team is wrapping up a solid regular-season campaign and will cruise into the NCAA Tournament as a possible No. 2 or 3 seed, depending on what happens in the Big 12 tournament. With one more victory, this would be just the fifth 25-win season in Baylor history. A third-place finish in the league race would equal Baylor’s best finish ever in Big 12 history (2010). … Johnathan Motley will earn a slew of postseason awards, including a possible first-team placement on the league’s all-Big 12 team. Motley had 32 points and 20 rebounds in a 74-64 win over Texas on Jan. 17. The Bears got up by 21 points with six minutes left. It was the Big 12’s first 30-20 game since Oklahoma’s Blake Griffin had one in 2009.

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