Jordan Caroline #24 of the Nevada Wolf Pack and Trey Kell #3 of the San Diego State Aztecs vie for the rebound during a semifinal game of the Mountain West Conference basketball tournament at the Thomas & Mack Center on March 9, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)

BEVO BEAT Men's Basketball

NCAA Tournament preview: Texas vs. Nevada

Posted March 15th, 2018

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NCAA Tournament preview

No. 10 seed Texas vs. No. 7 seed Nevada

When: Approx. 3:30 p.m. Friday

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Where: Bridgestone Arena (capacity 17,578)

TV/Radio: TBS/104.9 The Horn

About the series: Nevada leads the all-time series 1-0. The only matchup between these two programs happened in the 2005 NCAA Tournament. Texas center Jason Klotz scored a career-high 20 points and Brad Buckman had 14 points and 11 rebounds. But the Wolf Pack scored the game’s final eight points to give the Horns a heart-breaking 61-57 loss in Indianapolis.

No. 10 seed TEXAS (19-14 overall, 8-10 Big 12)
No.Pos.PlayerClassHt.PPGRPG
2GMatt ColemanFr.6-29.74.1*
12GKerwin Roach IIJr.6-411.93.7
13GJase FebresFr.6-53.51.8
21FDylan OsetkowskiJr.6-912.97.4
4CMo BambaFr.6-1112.910.4
Coach: Shaka Smart (50-49, 3rd year at Texas; 213-105, 9th year overall)
*-indicates assists per game

About the Longhorns: Junior Dylan Osetkowski had a simple thought about the week. “Definitely a sigh of relief that we’re in,” Osetkowski said. “Now that we’ve made it, I think the next thing is what do we want to do here?” Osetkowski is arguably a huge X-factor for the Horns. He finished in double figures for seven games before scoring only four against Texas Tech in the Big 12 tournament. … Jericho Sims’ father, Charles, played for Nevada coach Eric Musselman’s father, Bill, at Minnesota. … UT is one of eight schools to play in 18 of the last 20 NCAA Tournaments. Texas lost its last appearance in the NCAAs two years ago on a half-court, buzzer-beater by Northern Iowa’s Paul Jespersen.

No. 7 seed NEVADA (27-7 overall, 15-3 Mountain West)
No.Pos.PlayerClassHt.PPGRPG
11FCody MartinJr.6-713.64.6*
10FCaleb MartinJr.6-719.15.3
13GHallice CookeSr.6-34.92.1
21GKendall StephensSr.6-713.22.0
24G/FJordan CarolineJr.6-717.98.8
Coach: Eric Musselman (79-28, 3rd year at Nevada)
*-indicates assists per game

About the Wolf Pack: For all the talk about the Martin twins, Jordan Caroline has scored at least 20 points in the last five games. The former transfer from Southern Illinois is a career 33.5 percent shooter from 3-point range. Nevada is 25-2 whenever Caroline has a double-double. … Nevada is 4-4 this season against other teams in the NCAAs. That includes losses to Texas Tech and TCU. … G Lindsey Drew suffered a ruptured Achilles in his right foot on Feb. 14 and was lost for the season. The junior was averaging a career-high 8.8 points per game. … This is Nevada’s eighth all-time appearance in the NCAAs. The program has never gone beyond the Sweet 16.

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

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