Texas State (3-6) at Texas (8-1)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, December 14, 8 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Frank Erwin Center (16,540) -- Austin, Texas. Television: Longhorn Network. Home Record: Texas State 1-2, Texas 6-0. Away Record: Texas State 0-3, Texas 1-0. Neutral Record: Texas State 2-1, Texas 1-1. Conference Record: Texas State 0-0, Texas 0-0. Series Record: Texas leads, 42-5.
GAME NOTES: Undefeated at home through six games, the Texas Longhorns try to keep the good times rolling in Austin tonight as they entertain the Texas State Bobcats at the Erwin Center.
The Longhorns are coming off a hard-fought 81-80 overtime victory against Temple in Philadelphia last weekend. The triumph was the fourth straight for Texas, the team's only setback so far being an 86-82 final versus BYU in Kansas City last month.
As for the Bobcats, a team which opened the season with five straight defeats, they've managed to respond with three wins in the last four games. The latest victory came 10 days ago in a 79-58 romp over Cedarville University at home. Texas State enters this game winless in three true road dates.
As far as the all-time series is concerned, the Longhorns have a commanding 42-5 advantage over Texas State. The most recent encounter took place around this time last season, with Texas posting a 75-63 win at home.
The last time the Bobcats came out on top against Texas was way back in 1937, with the 24-game series win streak for the Longhorns representing the longest run for the program against any current opponent.
Against Cedarville, the Bobcats held the visitors to just eight field goals in the first half and 38.0 percent accuracy from the floor overall in the lopsided decision. On offense, Texas State made good on an even 50 percent from the field in order to combat a lazy 16-of-26 showing at the free-throw line. Emani Gant stepped up with 14 points, followed by Wes Davis and Ray Dorsey with 12 points apiece, while Corey Stern came off the bench to contribute eight points and 12 rebounds in 20 minutes, although the drawback to his presence was just 1-of-6 shooting from the floor.
Joel Wright, who scored only four points in 15 minutes of action the last time out, remains the only double-digit scorer overall for the group with 14.3 ppg, thanks in part to his 52.9 percent accuracy beyond the arc. Wright is also responsible for a team-best 5.6 rpg, but his 14 assists are far outweighed by his 37 turnovers over the course of nine starts. As a team, Texas State is putting up 65.6 ppg, but luckily the defense has limited foes to just 66.9 ppg in order to keep things interesting.
Javan Felix played the hero for the Longhorns last weekend in Philadelphia as he knocked down the game-winning 3-pointer with eight seconds remaining in overtime at the Wells Fargo Center. Felix finished a mere 1-of-5 beyond the arc and 2-of-11 from the floor overall in the narrow win, producing seven points and five assists, but he also turned the ball over five times. Jonathan Holmes tallied a team-best 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds before fouling out, followed by Isaiah Taylor with 15 points. Cameron Ridley and Prince Ibeh pitched in with 11 points apiece, combining for 14 rebounds and seven blocked shots as the team survived 38.4 percent shooting from the floor.
Texas is putting up a solid 78.1 ppg, but the team doesn't have a single, standout performer who typically takes over meetings when need be. Instead, the squad has four players scoring in double figures, with Holmes topping out at 13.1 ppg. Holmes is also one of the better rebounders with 6.9 per game, but having the ball in his hands tends to mean the rest of the team won't be seeing it again, as he has just five assists. The team has been beating opponents on the glass by more than 10 rebounds per contest, which makes it somewhat easier to accept the fact that they are shooting only 60.1 percent at the free-throw line.
History has told the story in this series and seeing as how the Bobcats are already three games below .500, to expect them to be competitive this weekend is asking quite a bit of the squad in a hostile environment.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Texas 81, Texas State 63
12/14 10:36:13 ET