Texas Tech guard Keenan Evans (12) dribbles the ball against South Carolina guard Frank Booker (5) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018, in Columbia, S.C. Texas Tech defeated South Carolina 70-63. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford)

BEVO BEAT Men's Basketball

Preview: Texas at No. 10 Texas Tech

Posted January 30th, 2018


Texas at No. 10 Texas Tech

When: 8 p.m. Wednesday

Where: United Supermarkets Arena (capacity 15,000)


TV/Radio: ESPNU/104.9 The Horn

About the series: Texas leads the all-time series 86-56. The Longhorns won the previous matchup 67-58 over the eighth-ranked Red Raiders on Jan. 17 in Austin. Kerwin Roach II had a game-high 20 points and Mo Bamba scored 15 more as the Horns shot 51.1 percent. Tech was 7 for 27 from 3-point range.

TEXAS (14-7 overall, 4-4 Big 12)
2GMatt ColemanFr.6-27.84.9*
12GKerwin Roach IIJr.6-411.53.6
13GJase FebresFr.6-53.71.4
21FDylan OsetkowskiJr.6-914.57.3
4CMo BambaFr.6-1113.110.9
Coach: Shaka Smart (45-42, 3rd year at Texas; 208-98, 9th year overall)
*-indicates assists per game

About the Longhorns: Despite some close calls, Texas has won 24 of the last 28 games against Tech. The Longhorns are 41-7 against the Red Raiders since the formation of the Big 12. … Mo Bamba is just four blocks shy of tying the UT season record of 92, currently held by Chris Owens. Bamba is averaging 4.3 blocks per game. … Kerwin Roach II has become one of the team’s most dangerous scorers. The junior is averaging 16.8 points and shooting 50 percent (9 for 18) from 3-point range in the last four games. … The Horns continue to think about scoring in transition and finding quick, easy ways to score. “When offense isn’t going for us in previous games, we haven’t been as aggressive in little details like playing hard, playing aggressive,” forward Dylan Osetkowski said.

No. 10 TEXAS TECH (17-4 overall, 5-3 Big 12)
12GKeenan EvansSr.6-317.73.2*
23GJarrett CulverFr.6-510.64.1
2GZhaire SmithFr. 6-510.04.5
5GJustin GraySr.6-65.03.4
32CNorense OdiaseJr.6-94.25.0
Coach: Chris Beard (35-18, 2nd year at Tech; 65-23, 3rd year overall)
*-indicates assists per game

About the Red Raiders: Junior Keenan Evans continues to cement his status as one of the best Red Raiders in recent years. Evans was named the Big 12 player of the week for the third time this season on Monday. Andre Emmett (2003-04) is the only other Tech player to win that award three times in the same season. Evans scored 31 points, his second-highest career total, in Saturday’s win over South Carolina. … Having won 17 of its first 21 games, Tech has tied the second-best start in school history. … Since UT and Tech last met, Raiders coach Chris Beard suffered a torn ACL during the Iowa State game on Jan. 20. He will not have surgery until after the season.

Contact Brian Davis at 512-445-3957. Email bdavis@statesman.com.

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