Texas forward Jaxson Hayes (10) goes up over Virginia Commonwealth forward Marcus Santos-Silva (14) during an NCAA college basketball game in Austin, Texas, on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018. [NICK WAGNER/AMERICAN-STATESMAN]

BEVO BEAT Men's Basketball

Preview: Texas vs. Providence

Posted December 20th, 2018

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Texas vs. Providence

When: 8 p.m. Friday

Where: Erwin Center (capacity 16,540)

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TV/radio: ESPN2/104.9 The Horn

About the series: Texas has a 3-2 all-time series lead over Providence, a school that former UT coach Rick Barnes led from 1988-94. The Horns last won a top-25 matchup between the two schools on Jan. 5, 2004. Texas won 79-77 in overtime.

TEXAS (7-3)
No.Pos.PlayerClassHt.PPGRPG
2GMatt Coleman IIISoph.6-210.23.2*
12GKerwin Roach IISr.6-414.35.1
13GJase FebresSoph.6-56.92.4
21FDylan OsetkowskiSr.6-910.58.4
20FJericho SimsSoph.6-97.04.8
Coach: Shaka Smart (57-53, 4th year at Texas; 220-109, 10th year overall)
*-indicates assists per game.

About the Longhorns: The coaches can’t stop saying good things about F Jaxson Hayes’ development. “He does what you tell him to do,” coach Shaka Smart said. “That’s more a matter of parenting than anything else. That’s why he’s been so successful.” Hayes played sparingly as a high school junior and then started rocketing forward. He’s 14-for-15 in the last three games shooting. Smart said he will soon start looking at Big 12 opponents. UT opens league play on Jan. 2 at Kansas State. After the Providence game, Texas players will break for the holidays.

PROVIDENCE (9-3)
No.Pos.PlayerClassHt.PPGRPG
3GDavid DukeFr.6-57.53.2*
4GMaliek WhiteJr.6-37.31.8
11GAlpha DialloJr.6-717.28.7
5FJimmy Nichols Jr.Fr.6-84.33.2
13FKalif YoungJr.6-93.64.1
Coach: Ed Cooley (153-97, 8th year at Providence; 245-166, 13th year overall)
*-indicates assists per game.

About the Friars: Earlier this month, coach Ed Cooley announced that standout freshman G A.J. Reeves would miss 4-6 weeks with a foot injury. He had already turned heads in the Big East with a strong debut, averaging 14.2 points per game. G Maliek White was moved into the starting lineup and had 18 points against Central Connecticut. White’s made 34 percent of his 3-pointers in three seasons. It’s is a young team overall, but one with talent. Freshman David Duke had 20 points against South Carolina. Jimmy Nichols Jr. already has double-digit blocks this season. Cooley’s teams are 48-21 over the last six years in games decided by six points or less.

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

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