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Hoops Preview: Texas Longhorns @ #23 Purdue Boilermakers

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The Longhorns and Boilermakers will meet on the hardwood for the fifth time in school history on Saturday, with Shaka Smart’s Longhorns making their first appearance at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette. Texas will be the first Big 12 team to play at Mackey since 2004.  These teams met on neutral ground in the NCAA Tournament the first three encounters, and Texas defeated Purdue last season at the Frank Erwin Center during the regular season.

Texas is coming off a season-opening 69-45 win over Northern Colorado, while the Boilermakers won their opener at home over Green Bay, 79-57.

Redshirt sophmore guard Andrew Jones scored a career-high 20 points last week against the Bears and sophmore Courtney Ramey added a double-double (16 points, 10 rebounds) in the win.  Texas held Northern Colorado to 45 points on 27.3% field goal shooting.

Purdue owns an 18-game home winning streak which is good for the 5th best in the country.  Senior guard Jahaad Proctor scored 26 points and 7’3″ center Matt Haarms had 7 blocked shots in the win over the Phoenix.

Purdue has been ranked in five straight AP preseason Top 25 polls, the longest streak in school history.

What: Texas Longhorns (1-0, 0-0 Big 12) vs. Purdue Boilermakers (1-0, 0-0 Big 10)
When: Saturday, November 9, 2019
Time:  6:00 PM CST
Venue: Mackey Arena
Location: West Lafayette, Indiana
Television: FS1
The Line: Purdue -8
Last Meeting Between the Two Teams: Texas defeated Purdue 72-68 (December 9, 2018, Austin, TX)
All-Time Series Record: Texas leads Purdue 3-1

The Coaches

Purdue Boilermakers

Head Coach:  Matt Painter
Head Coaching Experience: 16th year as a head coach
Years as Head Coach at Purdue:  15
Career Record:  347-164
Career Record at Purdue:  322-159

Texas Longhorns

Head Coach:  Shaka Smart
Head Coaching Experience: 11th year as a head coach
Years as Head Coach at Texas:  5
Career Record:  235-122
Career Record at Texas:  72-66

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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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