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Sam Houston St. Bearkats vs. Texas Longhorns Hoops: Preview & Open Thread

Texas comes back from Maui to take on an in-state opponent.

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Should be a gimme game, but after Chaminade: take nothing for granted. There still has been no NCAA ruling on Texas Longhorns point guard Myck Kabongo, and he will be held out again tonight. This will be game number six, for those counting. The Longhorns are 3-2.

The Sam Houston St. Bearkats are 3-3 and not particularly good. They overhauled most of their roster, and are led by senior point guard Darius Gatson, a junior college transfer. Gatson is averaging 9.5 PPG and 3.5 APG on the young season. In a four guard starting lineup, Gatson is flanked by three other players of limited height, including the Bearkats' top returnee, junior DeMarcus Gatlin. Sophomore center Michael Holyfield anchors the paint, though he gets only limited minutes.

The Bearkats have a deep, if talent-limited, bench, though their tempo statistics don't indicate a willingness to run the floor. Junior forward Terrance Motley, also a first-year junior college transfer, is the team's leading rebounder at 6.0 RPG. He also chips in 8.5 PPG as the second-leading scorer. Sophomore guard Marquel McKinney, from Cy Springs in Houston, is the other bench player of note.

LINEUP

PROJECTED STARTERS

Texas: G - Javan Felix (#3 - Fr.) | G - Julien Lewis (#14 - So.) | F - Ioannis Papapetrou (#33 - Fr.) | F - Jonathan Holmes (#10 - So.) | C - Cameron Ridley (#55 - Fr.)

SHSU: G - Darius Gatson (#1 - Sr.) | G - Jeremy McKay (#10 - Jr.) | G - DeMarcus Gatlin (#11 - Jr.) | G - James Thomas (#20 - Jr.) | C - Michael Holyfield (#35 - So.)

BENCH

Texas: G - Sheldon McClellan (#1 - So.) | G - DeMarcus Holland (#2 - Fr.) | F - Connor Lammert (#21 - Fr.) | C - Prince Ibeh (#44 - Fr.)

SHSU: G - Marquel McKinney (#2 - So.) | G - Nathaniel Mason (#33 - Jr.) | G - Paul Baxter (#21 - Fr.) | G - Will Bond (#32 - Jr.) | G - Aaron Harwell (#5 - Jr.) | F - Terrance Motley (#24 - Jr.)

INJURIES/ISSUES

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

SHSU: N/A

TEXASSPORTS.COM MEDIA/NOTES

TEXAS vs. Sam Houston State
Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012 • 7 p.m. CT
Frank Erwin Center (16,540)


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