TCU's Alex Robinson (25) advances the ball to the basket as West Virginia's Brandon Knapper, right, defends during an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

BEVO BEAT Men's Basketball

Men’s preview: Texas at TCU

Posted January 22nd, 2019

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Texas at TCU

When: 6 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Schollmaier Arena (capacity 6,800)

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TV/radio: ESPNU/104.9 The Horn

About the series: Texas leads the all-time series 108-66 in a rivalry that dates back to 1915. The Longhorns have won 13 of the last 17 meetings. Texas holds a 9-4 record since TCU joined the Big 12.

TEXAS (11-7, 3-3 Big 12)
No.Pos.PlayerClassHt.PPGRPG
2GMatt Coleman IIISoph.6-210.73.5*
3GCourtney RameyFr.6-35.42.7
12GKerwin Roach IISr.6-414.15.0
21FDylan OsetkowskiSr.6-99.98.2
10FJaxson HayesFr.6-1110.35.1
Coach: Shaka Smart (61-57, 4th year at Texas; 224-113, 10th year overall)
*-indicates assists per game.

About the Longhorns: Coach Shaka Smart said he’s had the same message all season for players who get down on themselves. “Basically, forget it,” Smart said in the polite, cleaned-up version. “Whatever’s going on, whatever you might be thinking, you missed your last shot. Just be aggressive and attack.” Texas battled back from a 10-point deficit against Kansas and nearly pulled off the upset. UT had to fight tooth and nail to knock off Oklahoma. Dylan Osetkowski had his fifth double-double of the season and Kerwin Roach II had a game-high 23 points. Both seniors must serve as cornerstones the rest of the season. Jaxson Hayes is currently the Big 12 leader in blocks per game (2.56).

TCU (13-4, 2-3 Big 12)
No.Pos.PlayerClassHt.PPGRPG
25GAlex RobinsonSr.6-113.87.9*
22GRJ NembhardFr.6-43.92.6
1GDesmond Bane Jr.6-514.85.6
15FJD MillerSr.6-810.96.8
21CKevin SamuelFr.6-118.06.8
Coach: Jamie Dixon (58-31, 3rd year at TCU; 386-154, 16th year overall)
*-indicates assists per game.

About the Horned Frogs: Coach Jamie Dixon’s club was without its second-best scorer, Kouat Noi, last Saturday against Kansas State. But the Wildcats led start to finish and never gave the Frogs a chance in a 65-55 win. TCU entered the game averaging a Big 12-high 80.4 points per game. That number may drift lower as the season goes on now that guard Jaylen Fisher (knee injury) has left the team. He averaged 12.1 points in nine games and provided veteran leadership. The Frogs still have good scoring threats in Desmond Bane and Alex Robinson, two guards who combine to score almost 30 points per night. Noi did not play against K-State due to illness. “We didn’t put the right game plan in place,” Dixon said, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “I felt like we followed our game plan, but we certainly got what we deserved.”

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

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