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The Texas Longhorns (2-0, 0-0 Big 12) are set to host the California Baptist Lancers (2-0, 0-0 WAC) at the Frank Erwin Center on Tuesday evening. These two programs will meet for the first time ever, and will play as part of the 2K Empire Classic benefiting Wounded Warrior Project Regional Round.

Texas defeated #23 Purdue in its last outing 70-66, snapping the Boilermakers’ 18 game home winning streak.  Texas point guard Matt Coleman III led the Longhorns in scoring with 22 points in the win.

Cal Baptist, like the Longhorns, started their season 2-0. The Lancers won their season opener against Jackson State 73-70 and defeated Cal Lutheran 112-56.

Senior forward De’jon Davis is a player to keep an eye on. Davis finished Cal Baptist’s first two games with back-to-back double-doubles.  He also leads the Western Athletic Conference with 21 rebounds.  Junior guard Milan Acquaah was named the WAC Preseason Player of the Year.

What: Texas Longhorns (2-0, 0-0 Big 12) vs. California Baptist Lancers (2-0, 0-0 WAC)
When: Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Time:  7:00 PM CST
Venue: Frank Erwin Center
Location: Austin, Texas
Television: Longhorn Network
The Line: Texas -16.5
Last Meeting Between the Two Teams: These two teams have never met on the hardwood
All-Time Series Record: N/A

The Coaches

California Baptist Lancers

Head Coach:  Rick Croy
Head Coaching Experience: 13th year as a head coach
Years as Head Coach at Cal Baptist:  7
Career Record:  278-78
Career Record at Cal Baptist:  150-44

Texas Longhorns

Head Coach:  Shaka Smart
Head Coaching Experience: 11th year as a head coach
Years as Head Coach at Texas:  5
Career Record:  236-122
Career Record at Texas:  73-66

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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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