FACTS & STATS: Site: Frank Erwin Center (16,734) -- Austin, Texas.
Television: Longhorn Network. Home Record: Texas State 3-3, Texas 4-0. Away
Record: Texas State 0-0, Texas 0-0. Neutral Record: Texas State 1-2, Texas
1-4. Conference Record: Texas State 0-0, Texas 0-0. Series Record: Texas
GAME NOTES: The Texas Longhorns will attempt to stay perfect in Austin this
season, as they play host to the Texas State Bobcats on Saturday night.
After starting the season by winning its first two games, Texas State went
into a slide where it lost five of its next six. The Bobcats closed out a
three-game homestand last Saturday by snapping a two-game slide by defeating
Texas-Pan American, 73-58.
Despite the Longhorns' prowess in their building, they have been terribly
inconsistent through nine game en route to a 5-4 record. Although they haven't
played a true road game yet, they have lost four of five on neutral courts,
with their only win coming against Mississippi State (69-55) in the seventh-
place game of the Maui Invitational. Texas most recently played UCLA in
Houston last Saturday before a sparse crown, falling to the Bruins in a 65-63
Texas has dominated the all-time series with Texas State, winning 41 of the
previous 46 meetings. The Longhorns made easy work of the Bobcats last
December at home, winning 86-52. It was their 23rd straight win in the series.
Putting up points has not been much of an issue for Texas State, as it
averages just under 75 ppg, and it put together one of its best shooting
performances of the year against UTPA, making 48.3 percent of its field goal
attempts in the 15-point win. Matt Staff scored 21 points, grabbed seven
rebounds and blocked a pair of shots for TSU, while Vonn Jones added 10 points
and eight assists. Joel Wright tallied 12 points and nine rebounds, but he
turned the ball over seven times. Reid Koenen came off the bench and netted 11
points on 5-of-7 shooting from the field. The Bobcats aren't very efficient
when it comes to knocking down their shots (.420), but Staff (16.2 ppg) and
Wright (15.2 ppg) are off to impressive starts. The duo is also a big factor
on the boards, each grabbing at least 6.0 rpg. Jones (8.7 ppg) has handed out
4.1 apg and drains nearly half of his 3-point attempts (15-of-33).
Texas led its matchup with UCLA by eight points with just over three minutes
remaining in the game, but it managed to score just two more points down the
stretch as the Bruins pulled off the come-from-behind victory. The Longhorns
were plagued by poor shooting, as they made only 37.1 percent of their field
goal attempts, including a paltry 4-of-20 from long range. Cameron Ridley
logged a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds, missing just one of his
six shots. Javan Felix scored 13 points and Sheldon McClellan had 12 points,
but the two combined to go just 9-of-28 from the field. UT's .409 field goal
percentage has spoiled its solid defensive effort (.331, 57.7 ppg). McClellan
leads the team with 15.9 ppg, and Julien Lewis is the only other player to
average double figures with 11.0 ppg. Felix (7.4 ppg) contributes across the
board with 4.6 rpg, 5.7 apg and 1.3 spg.
It's been a shaky start for the Longhorns, but they feel quite comfortable
playing in Austin, and against an unimpressive Texas State squad, they
shouldn't have a problem moving to 5-0 on their home floor.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Texas 77, Texas State 59