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Game Preview: Texas Basketball to host Kansas State on Wednesday evening

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Texas Longhorns (15-8, 5-5) vs. Kansas State Wildcats (16-7, 5-5)

Date: Wednesday, February 7th
Time: 7:00 PM
Venue: Frank Erwin Center
Location: Austin, TX
TV: Longhorn Network
Line: Texas -5

Last Meeting: Kansas State defeated Texas 64-61 (02/18/2017 in Austin).
All-Time Series Record: Kansas State leads Texas 19-15

In a game they were favored to win, the Texas Longhorns knocked off 12th ranked Oklahoma 79-74 on Saturday to improve to 11-2 at the Frank Erwin Center this season.  Shaka Smart and Texas look to defend a solid home court record when they host Bruce Weber’s Wildcats on Wednesday evening.  Texas guard Matt Coleman had a career night against the Sooners, scoring 22 points in 39 minutes played for Texas.  With Andrew Jones out battling leukemia, Shaka Smart’s expectation for Coleman is to continue solid play at the point against the Wildcats and for the remainder of the season.

Junior guard Kerwin Roach is averaging 17.7 points per game in his last six games, including a 19-point performance against the Sooners on Saturday.  True freshman forward and future lottery pick Mo Bamba had a relatively quiet game against Oklahoma. Bamba cashed in a 13-point, 9 rebound performance, narrowly missing his 12th double-double of the season.  Earlier in the week he was named to the Wooden Award Late Season Top 20, which includes 20 student-athletes who are the front-runners for National Player of the Year honors. Tulane transfer Dylan Osetkowski leads the Longhorns in scoring, averaging 14.2 points per game on 40.9 percent shooting. Osetkowski is also shooting 73.0 percent from the free throw line.

Texas has won three of its last four contests, losing in overtime to 10th ranked Texas Tech in Lubbock last week.

Kansas State will play in its second straight road contest and will bring a two-game losing streak to Austin.  After winning four straight, which included wins against ranked Oklahoma and TCU teams, the Wildcats lost to ranked Kansas and West Virginia teams, at home and on the road respectively.

Junior forward Dean Wade leads the Wildcats in scoring, averaging 16.4 points per game. Another pair of Wildcat juniors rank 2nd & 3rd in scoring for Kansas State, with Barry Brown averaging 16.3 points per game and Kamau Stokes averaging 12.7.  Stokes made his return to the court in Saturday’s loss to West Virginia after being sidelined for seven games with a foot injury against Texas Tech in early January.

Both programs have 5-5 Big 12 records and are tied for 5th in the conference standings.  Texas has beaten Kansas State in four of the last six contests.  Wildcats coach Bruce Weber is 6-5 all-time against the Longhorns, is 2-3 when playing at the Frank Erwin Center.

In the early bracketology projections, Texas is slated to make an NCAA tournament appearance, but things could change if Texas finishes the season on a slide.

Every game counts down the stretch and both teams will be fighting for a win on Wednesday.

Discuss the game in our TEXAS vs. KANSAS STATE Game Thread

 

Aaron Carrara is the founder and publisher of HornSports and has covered University of Texas athletics since 2011. Aaron is a member of the Football Writer's Association of America and the U.S. Basketball Writer's Association and is a proud father to three boys.

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The Longhorns secured their first commitment of the 2019 class from SG Donovan Williams earlier today

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Shaka Smart picked up his first commitment in the 2019 class Wednesday morning, when Fort Bend Elkins SG Donovan Williams verbally pledged to the Longhorns. The 6’5, 180 pound guard took his official visit to Austin this past weekend, and it didn’t take long for him to pull the trigger. Williams chose Texas over Arizona State, Texas A&M, Miami and Georgia.

Williams is currently ranked as the 111th overall player in the 2019 class, according to the 247sports composite rankings.

Here are some highlights from Williams at the NBPA Top 100 Camp:

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University of Texas head coach Shaka Smart lost another player on Thursday, just two days after true freshman Mohamed Bamba announced his decision to leave school early and declare himself eligible for the upcoming NBA Draft.  Sophmore guard Jacob Young, who averaged 16.2 minutes and 6.2 points per game for the Longhorns this season, announced via twitter that he would seek a transfer.

“I appreciate all of the effort that Jacob has given to our University over the past two seasons,” said head coach Shaka Smart in a statement.

Young was a 4-star recruit out of Yates High School in Houston and was ranked as the 23rd best point guard in the country.

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After a one year absence, 10 seed Texas is set to return to the NCAA tournament on Friday against 7 seed Nevada. This will be the Longhorn’s second tournament appearance under third year head coach Shaka Smart, with the first appearance in 2016 ending with a 1st round exit to Northern Iowa on a half-court shot at the buzzer. Nevada returns to the tournament for the second consecutive season, bowing out in the first round last year to Iowa State, 84-73.

On the court, the Wolf Pack are led by the Caleb and Cody Martin. The twins have combined to average 32.7 PPG and 11.6 RPG. Cody is also the team leader in assists at 4.2 per game. There is not much to dislike about Nevada offensively. They shoot well from the field (46.8%), shoot well from 3 (39.8%) and rarely turn the ball over (9.9 turnovers per game). Despite the positives on the offensive end, the Wolf Pack will have several factors working against them heading into the first round match-up. Starting point guard Lindsey Drew has been sidelined for a month with an achilles injury, and his absence has left Nevada short handed. The Wolf Pack will likely only play 7 players against the Longhorns, and Nevada also loves to foul. The inside presence of Jericho Sims and Mo Bamba could cause trouble if Wolf Pack players start finding themselves in foul trouble.

The Longhorns are coming off a 73-69 loss to Texas Tech in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament. Bamba returned to action against the Red Raiders after missing the previous 2 games with a toe injury. The star freshman claims to be 100% healthy heading into the NCAA tournament, and it would be a welcome site for Shaka Smart and company to have their star player back on the floor at full health.

With Eric Davis still out due to an ongoing NCAA investigation, Smart will continue to lean on rising guard Jacob Young, who has elevated his play the past few games. Young poured in a career high 29 points against Texas Tech, and played 32 minutes. The Houston native has given the Longhorns a much needed shooting boast from beyond the arc.

Texas and Nevada is set to tip at 3:30 CST on TBS. The winner for face the winner of 2 seed Cincinnati against 15 seed Georgia State. Follow along at HornSports.com for live updates.

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March Madness: Longhorns set to face Nevada in opening round of NCAA Tournament

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The Texas Longhorns earned an invitation to the NCAA Tournament on Sunday evening, their 34th appearance, and will face the Nevada Wolfpack in Nashville, Tennessee (South Region) on Friday.

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The Longhorns appear as a 10 seed and the Wolfpack, which play in the Mountain West Conference, are the 7-seed in the region.  Nevada finished the season at 27-7  (15-3 in the Mountain West).

Nevada is coached by Eric Musselman, who assumed the head coaching position in 2015.

Texas makes their second appearance in the Big Dance under head coach Shaka Smart, who is still in search of his first win in the event.  The Longhorns were upset in the first round by Northern Iowa in 2016 on a half-Court buzzer-beater.

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