Men’s preview: Texas at No. 23 Purdue

Texas at No. 23 Purdue

When: 6 p.m. Saturday

Where: Mackey Arena (capacity 14,240)

TV/radio: FS1/104.9 The Horn

About the series: Texas leads the all-time series 3-1. The Longhorns won last year’s matchup at the Erwin Center, 72-68. Thankfully for UT, Carson Edwards now plays for the Boston Celtics. Edwards had 40 points and hit seven 3-pointers against the Horns.

TEXAS (1-0)
No. Pos. Player Class Ht. PPG RPG
2 G Matt Coleman Jr. 6-2 10.0 1.0*
3 G Courtney Ramey Soph. 6-3 16.0 10.0
13 G Jase Febres Jr. 6-5 5.0 3.0
0 F Gerald Liddell Soph. 6-8 N/A N/A
20 F Jericho Sims Jr. 6-9 4.0 7.0
Coach: Shaka Smart (72-66, 5th year at Texas; 235-122, 11th year overall)
*-indicates assists per game.

About the Longhorns: Guard Courtney Ramey got his season off to a strong start with a double-double in the win over Northern Colorado. Ramey had 16 points on 8-of-17 shooting along with 10 rebounds. Matt Coleman III also had 10 points and pulled down six rebounds, a big offseason point of emphasis. This will be a huge test for UT’s frontcourt and a major challenge for Jericho Sims. The 6-foot-9 junior can thrive in various games, but the question is whether he can sustain a high level in consecutive games. Texas should get Gerald Liddell back after he missed the opener with a concussion.

No. 23 PURDUE (1-0)
No. Pos. Player Class Ht. PPG RPG
2 G Eric Hunter Jr. Soph. 6-4 15.0 6.0
3 G Jahaad Proctor Sr. 6-3 26.0 5.0
20 G Nojel Eastern Jr. 6-7 6.0 2.0
1 F Aaron Wheeler Soph. 6-9 10.0 9.0
32 C Matt Haarms Jr. 7-3 15.0 7.0
Coach: Matt Painter (322-159, 15th year at Purdue; 347-164, 16th year overall)
*-indicates assists per game.

About the Boilermakers: Coach Matt Painters’ team had two starters return from last year’s Elite Eight squad, Matt Haarms and Nojel Eastern. Haarms had seven blocks in Purdue’s season-opening win over Green Bay, which ranked fifth in school history. Newcomer Jahaad Proctor had an eye-popping 26 points in his Boilers debut, the most since Glenn Robinson poured in 30 in his first game in November 1992. Purdue enters Saturday with an 18-game home winning streak, the fifth-longest in the nation. What’s even more amazing, the club is 64-4 at home over the last four seasons. Texas will be the first Big 12 team to play at Mackey Arena since December 2004.

Contact Brian Davis at 512-445-3957. Email bdavis@statesman.com.

Source: HookemPlus.com