TCU's Alex Robinson (25) and Desmond Bane (1) defend against a shot by Iowa State guard Nick Weiler-Babb (1) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Fort Worth, Texas, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

BEVO BEAT Men's Basketball

Men’s preview: Texas vs. Iowa State

Posted March 1st, 2019

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Texas vs. Iowa State

When: 1 p.m. Saturday

Where: Erwin Center (capacity 16,540)

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TV/radio: ESPN2/104.9 The Horn

About the series: Texas leads the all-time series 22-17. The Cyclones recently snapped a four-game losing skid to the Longhorns with a 65-60 win in Ames on Feb. 2.

TEXAS (15-13, 7-8 Big 12)
No.Pos.PlayerClassHt.PPGRPG
2GMatt Coleman IIISoph.6-210.13.6*
3GCourtney RameyFr.6-37.73.0
13GJase FebresSoph.6-58.52.8
21FDylan OsetkowskiSr.6-910.27.7
10FJaxson HayesFr.6-1110.35.2
Coach: Shaka Smart (65-63, 4th year at Texas; 228-119, 10th year overall)
*-indicates assists per game.

About the Longhorns: The coaching staff didn’t expect to be without senior forward Dylan Osetkowski on Wednesday against Baylor. The 6-foot-9 big man traveled to Waco but did not play due to flu-like symptoms. He’s expected to play against Iowa State. In Osetkowski’s absence, freshman Kamaka Hepa got a season-high 39 minutes in his best overall work yet. He finished with 11 points and four rebounds and went 3-for-3 from 3-point range. Fellow freshman Courtney Ramey was on fire early on and tallied up 17 points. Suspended guard Kerwin Roach II is not expected to play against the Cyclones. He’s still on an indefinite suspension for an undisclosed violation of team rules. It’s unclear if he will be reinstated before the home finale against TCU on March 9, which would also be senior night.

IOWA STATE (20-8, 9-6 Big 12)
No.Pos.PlayerClassHt.PPGRPG
1GNick Weiler-BabbSr.6-59.44.2*
22GTyrese HaliburtonFr.6-57.03.3
3GMarial ShayokSr.6-618.65.3
22GTalen Horton-TuckerFr.6-412.45.4
12FMichael JacobsonJr.6-911.95.8
Coach: Steve Prohm (80-49, 4th year at Iowa State; 184-78, 8th year overall)
*-indicates assists per game.

About the Cyclones: Coach Steve Prohm’s club is still receiving votes in the Associated Press Top 25 poll but fell from 19th this week after back-to-back losses. Iowa State rebounded on Monday with a 78-61 win over Oklahoma. Iowa State closes out the regular season with a trip to West Virginia (March 6) and then home against Texas Tech (March 9). This team is dangerous in the paint. The Cyclones rank first in the Big 12 in 2-point field-goal shooting percentage (.558). They also have been disciplined with the basketball, averaging just 10.9 turnovers per game. Nick Weiler-Babb, who made two terrific late shots to beat Texas earlier this year, is shooting almost 38 percent from 3-point range. As is typical, Iowa State is near the top of the Big 12 in long-range shooting again this season (.364), although Oklahoma State is likely to finish in first (.382).

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

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