Texas Longhorns forward Kamaka Hepa (33) defense as Kansas State Wildcats guard Cartier Diarra (2) drives to the basket in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, in Austin, Texas. [RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL/AMERICAN-STATESMAN]

BEVO BEAT Men's Basketball

Men’s preview: Texas at Kansas State

Wildcats enter play Saturday riding a six-game losing streak; Horns can clinch first season sweep since 2016

Posted February 21st, 2020


Texas at Kansas State

When: 1 p.m. Saturday

Where: Bramlage Coliseum (capacity 12,528)


TV/radio: CBS/104.9 The Horn

About the series: Kansas State leads the all-time series 22-17. The Longhorns won the previous matchup on Jan. 11 in Austin 64-50. Matt Coleman, Jase Febres and Courtney Ramey all finished in double figures, although two of those aren’t likely to play in this rematch.

TEXAS (15-11 overall, 5-8 Big 12)
3GCourtney RameySoph.6-310.53.0*
1GAndrew JonesSoph.6-410.82.2
4GDonovan WilliamsFr.6-63.21.0
33FKamaka HepaSoph.6-93.12.1
5FRoyce Hamm Jr.Jr.6-82.22.4
Coach: Shaka Smart (86-77, 5th year at Texas; 249-133, 11th year overall)
*-indicates assists per game.

About the Longhorns: Freshman Will Baker wasn’t going overboard about his 20-point performance Wednesday against TCU. He simply wants to have a similar performance Saturday against K-State. “This is only motivating for me,” he said. “I’m not satisfied at all, so just gotta keep growing keep working.” The Horns, who are without three injured starters, hear the growing noise for a coaching change. But all they can do is press forward. “We got a lot of adversity that we’re fighting through internally right now in the program,” Jones said. “But we’re still confident. We’re still pushing forward and just try to make the best season as good as we can.”

KANSAS STATE (9-17 overall, 2-11 Big 12)
2GCartier DiarraJr.6-413.04.4*
4GDavid SloanJr.6-05.21.2
20FXavier SneedSr.6-514.34.6
23FMontavious MurphyFr.6-95.23.7
14FMakol MawienSr.6-97.25.3
Coach: Bruce Weber (159-106, 8th year at Kansas State; 472-261, 22nd year overall)
*-indicates assists per game.

About the Wildcats: Weber’s squad was one of the few that’s given Texas Tech a good scare at home. The Red Raiders have lost only twice at home this season by a total of seven points. Tech needed an 8-2 run late to hold off K-State in a midweek game and win 69-62. The Wildcats are currently on a six-game losing streak, the longest in Weber’s time in Manhattan. Sneed had four steals against Tech, giving him 186 in his career, fourth-most in school history. Freshman Antonio Gordon is finding his rhythm. He scored a season-high 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting and hit two 3-pointers. Texas has not swept the regular-season series since 2016.

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

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