Texas guard Courtney Ramey, (3), against Eastern Illinois JaQualis Matlock,(32), during the first half of NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday Nov.6, 2018, in Austin, Texas. [Rodolfo Gonzalez for AMERICAN-STATESMAN]

BEVO BEAT Men's Basketball

Preview: Texas vs. The Citadel

Longhorns, Bulldogs meet at 7 p.m. Friday at the Erwin Center

Posted November 15th, 2018

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Texas-The Citadel

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Erwin Center (capacity 16,540)

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TV/Radio: Longhorn Network/104.9 The Horn

About the series: First meeting.

TEXAS (3-0)
No.Pos.PlayerClassHt.PPGRPG
2GMatt Coleman IIISoph.6-26.74.3*
12GKerwin Roach IISr.6-415.57.5
13GJase FebresSoph.6-56.01.3
21FDylan OsetkowskiSr.6-910.79.3
20FJericho SimsSoph.6-97.35.0
Coach: Shaka Smart (53-50, 4th year at Texas; 216-106, 10th year overall)
*-indicates assists per game.

About the Longhorns: When things go haywire this season, coach Shaka Smart will look to his two seniors to make a play and calm things down. That means Kerwin Roach II and Dylan Osetkowski must take a leading role. “Those guys have to set the tone,” Smart said. After three games, they are the Longhorns’ leading top two leading scorers and rebounders. That’s fine against lower-level teams. But Texas needs more scoring punch from Matt Coleman III, Jericho Sims and Jase Febres. Keep an eye on Courtney Ramey. So far, he’s 8-for-13 shooting.

THE CITADEL (2-1)
No.Pos.PlayerClassHt.PPGRPG
13GLew StallworthSr.6-113.07.7
3GMatt FriersonSr.6-119.01.0
12GConnor KernSr.6-411.74.0
23GKaelon HarrisJr.6-46.01.7
35FZane NajdawiSr.6-713.75.3
Coach: Duggar Baucom (35-65, 4th year at The Citadel; 186-224, 14th year overall)
*-indicates assists per game.

About the Bulldogs: The Citadel is one of the most 3-point-crazed teams you’ll find in Division I basketball. It’s been true for years, and this one is no different. Coach Duggar Baucom’s team shoots (and makes) treys with regular abandon. Against Clemson in the season opener, Citadel hit 10 3-pointers. Then, the Bulldogs made 41 combined 3-pointers in their next two games. Matt Frierson averages 12.7 3-point shots per game with Tyler Burgess trailing him at 8.7. Citadel has seven players averaging 9.3 points or more, including four at 13 or more.

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

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