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Rice Owls vs. Texas Longhorns Hoops: Preview & Open Thread

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An expected beatdown of the Harvard of the South.

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The Texas Longhorns (7-5) get a final non-conference tuneup game, taking on the Rice Owls (3-8). Rice played Texas tough last year, but got hit hard by transfers this year. Among the most significant gone are Omar Oraby, now at USC, and Arsalan Kazemi, a current Oregon Duck.

This year's iteration of the Owls are pretty terrible. Senior Tamir Jackson is a star, averaging 18.0 PPG and 6.8 RPG. The rest of the motley crew is rather forgettable.

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.)

Rice: G - Tamir Jackson (#3 - Sr.) | G - Julian DeBose (#3 - So.) | G - Max Guercy (#1 - Fr.) | F - Ross Wilson (#11 - Fr.) | F - Seth Gearhart (#41 - So.)

BENCH

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

Rice: G - Keith Washington (#5 - Fr.) | G - Austin Ramljak (#42 - Jr.) | G - Dan Peera (#10 - So.) | F - Bahrom Firozgary (#44 - Jr.)

INJURIES/ISSUES

Texas: F - Jaylen Bond (Limited - Foot) | G - Myck Kabongo (Out Until Feb - NCAA Eligibility)

Rice: N/A

TEXASSPORTS.COM MEDIA/NOTES

TEXAS (7-4) vs.
Rice (3-8)
Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012 • 1 p.m. CT
Austin, Tex.
Erwin Center (16,540)


TV: Longhorn Network
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