Kansas State forward Xavier Sneed (20) shoots while being defended by West Virginia guard Jevon Carter (2) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, in Morgantown, W.Va. (AP Photo/Raymond Thompson)

BEVO BEAT Men's Basketball

Preview: Texas vs. Kansas State

Posted February 6th, 2018

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Texas vs. Kansas State

When: 7 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Erwin Center (capacity 16,540)

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TV/Radio: Longhorn Network/104.9 The Horn

About the series: Kansas State leads the all-time series 19-15. Under coach Shaka Smart, the Longhorns won four straight and then got swept in two games last season. Both of those losses were tight games. K-State won both games by three points each.

TEXAS (15-8 overall, 5-5 Big 12)
No.Pos.PlayerClassHt.PPGRPG
2GMatt ColemanFr.6-28.64.7*
12GKerwin Roach IIJr.6-412.33.7
13GJase FebresFr.6-53.61.5
21FDylan OsetkowskiJr.6-914.27.3
4CMo BambaFr.6-1113.010.8
Coach: Shaka Smart (46-43, 3rd year at Texas; 209-99, 9th year overall)
*-indicates assists per game

About the Longhorns: Saturday’s win over Oklahoma turned when guard Matt Coleman started playing with more energy in the second half. He drilled a 3-pointer, got the crowd on its feet and waived his arms for more energy. Coleman finished with a career-high 22 points. “He understands it on a certain level, but he doesn’t understand like (West Virginia’s) Jevon Carter understands it,” Smart said. “That position, you are the spirit driver for the whole building.” … Smart said Mo Bamba has struggled at times with the rigors of college basketball. Fatigue may have gotten the better of him against OU, Smart said. … On Dylan Osetkowski’s recent rocky outings, Smart said, “HIs percentages haven’t been great lately, but I think he can turn that around.”

KANSAS STATE (19-8 overall, 8-6 Big 12)
No.Pos.PlayerClassHt.PPGRPG
5GBarry Brown Jr.Jr.6-316.23.4*
2GCartier DiarraR-Fr.6-47.12.1
14FMakol MawienSoph.6-95.73.3
20FXavier SneedSoph.6-511.44.4
32FDean WadeJr.6-1016.36.4
Coach: Bruce Webber (119-76, 6th year at K-State; 432-231, 20th year overall)
*-indicates assists per game

About the Wildcats: Coach Bruce Weber’s team got the same lesson in Morgantown that Texas did. West Virginia is tough as nails at home. The Wildcats were held to season lows in points (51) and shooting (29.8 percent) in an 89-51 loss on Saturday. K-State made only 6 of 27 shots after halftime. … Junior Kamau Stokes played in his first game after missing seven straight with a foot injury. He logged 10 minutes against WVU. He’s averaging 12.7 points per game this season. … This trip to Austin comes at a pivotal moment in K-State’s season. The trip to West Virginia was the first of three road games over a four-game stretch. K-State returns home to host Texas Tech and then goes to Oklahoma State. K-State will host UT on Feb. 21.

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

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