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Texas vs. Rhode Island Open Thread

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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.

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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 :

http://twitter.com/#!/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).