Texas State Bobcats vs. Texas Longhorns Hoops: Preview & Open Thread

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

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The Texas Longhorns (5-4) take on the Texas State Bobcats (4-5) in a Saturday night game at Erwin Center that will be lucky to draw 1,000 fans. Winner gets an all-access float on the Guadalupe. Bring your own beer and Franzia wine bags.

The Bobcats have a deep bench, a long lineup, a modicum of experience, but are pretty much terrible. Junior wing Joel Wright is leading the nation in usage, contributing to 38.8% of Bobcat possessions. He's taken 34.2% of the team's shots but is shooting just 44.2% from the field. No es bueno.

Amazingly, he's not the team's leading scorer in PPG. He has 15.2 PPG to senior forward Matt Staff's 16.2 PPG. Efficiency, he haz it.

Some other guys play too.

Per Ken Pomeroy, their defense is pretty good at forcing turnovers (24.2% TO%, 60th in the nation) and preventing three-pointers (27.9% 3-FG%). GOOD THING THOSE THINGS AREN'T ISSUES FOR TEXAS.

In the immortal words of Fezzik: I hope we win.

LINEUP

PROJECTED STARTERS

Texas: G - Javan Felix (#3 - Fr.) | G - Julien Lewis (#14 - So.) | G - Sheldon McClellan (#1 - So.) | F - Jonathan Holmes (#10 - So.) | C - Cameron Ridley (#55 - Fr.)

Texas St.: G - Vonn Jones (#1 - Sr.) | G - Wesley Davis (#10 - So.) | F - Corey Stern (#5 - Jr.) | F - Joel Wright (#25 - Jr.) | F - Matt Staff (#21 - Sr.)

BENCH

Texas: G - DeMarcus Holland (#2 - Fr.) | F - Ioannis Papapetrou (#33 - Fr.) | F - Connor Lammert (#21 - Fr.) | C - Prince Ibeh (#44 - Fr.)

Texas St.: G - Phil Hawkins (#0 - Jr.) | G - Ray Dorsey (#4 - Fr.) | G - Deonte Jones (#23 - Jr.) | G - Darius Richardson (#4 - So.) | F - Reid Koenen (#3 - Jr.) | F - Basil Brown II (#23 - So.) | F - Nick Hinton (#44 - So.)

INJURIES/ISSUES

Texas: F - Jaylen Bond (Out - Foot) | G - Myck Kabongo (Up in the Air - NCAA Eligibility)

Texas St.: N/A

TEXASSPORTS.COM MEDIA/NOTES

TEXAS (5-4) vs. Texas State (4-5)
Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012 • 7 p.m. CT
Erwin Center


TV: Longhorn Network
Sam Gore, (play-by-play); Bruce Bowen (analyst).
Radio: Longhorn IMG Radio Network
Craig Way (play-by-play); Eddie Oran (analyst).
Satellite Radio: XM 202 / Sirius 216
Streaming Audio: TexasSports.com
Live Stats: GameTracker

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