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Texas vs. Rhode Island Open Thread

Texas (1-0) takes part in the 24-hour basketball marathon on ESPN in a little while when they host the Rhode Island Rams (0-1) at 3:00 pm.

The Horns won their 10th consecutive season opener by defeating Boston University 82-46.

Rhode Island meanwhile lost to George Mason 92-90 in overtime, despite a 38-point performance from senior guard Jamal Wilson. Like Texas, the Rams rely on youth as well, starting a couple of true freshmen. Mike Powell, delivered 11 points and 6 assists while playing 39 minutes at the point. Another freshman, Jonathan Holton produced a double-double with 12 points and 14 rebounds. The 6-9 forward from Miami hit a 3-pointer to send the George Mason game into overtime.

Aside from being played during the ESPN basketball marathon, the contest is also a part of something called The Legends Classic.

A former player or coach from participating teams is to be honored at each game for their contributions to the sport. For Texas today that will be LaSalle Thompson.

Thompson, a 6-11 post player, finished his 3-year stint at Texas with a career double-double average in 87 contests. He averaged 16.5 points and 11.8 rebounds a contest while at Texas.

After finishing at Texas, Thompson was the 5th player chosen in the 1982 NBA draft and spent 14 years in the league averaging 7.9 points and 6.8 rebounds per game.

A nationally televised game -- at 3 o'clock on a stormy Tuesday in Austin -- is hardly a must attend for most season ticket holders. UT is doing its best to get the students to show up, and have a social media campaign going to get the word out.

For instance this tweet from @UofTexashoops :!/UofTexashoops/status/136472946192560128

ALL UT students -fill OZone early. If OZone full before 245 pm, you will convince @KDTrey5 and @RealTristan13 to join u!

That would be Kevin Durant and Tristan Thompson.

The 1 o'clock game on ESPN is San Diego State (3-0) at Baylor (2-0).