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No. 19 Texas plays host to the Rice Owls

Gerry Hamiltonby:Gerry Hamilton11/15/23


The No. 19 Texas Longhorns are back on the court tonight in Austin playing host to the Rice Owls.

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Tonight, the Longhorns will take on a Rice Owls team that is 1-1 on the season. Rice beat St. Thomas (Texas) 101-57 in their season opener before losing at home to Harvard 89-76 November 10.

Rodney Terry and staff return three full time starters, and five players all told from last season’s Elite Eight team. The Longhorns will have returning starters Tyrese Hunter and Dillon Mitchell in the starting lineup tonight, while senior power forward Dylan Disu continues to rehab a foot injury after surgery.

The Longhorns also welcome seven new scholarship players to the program, led by scoring machine Max Abmas, sharp shooter Ithiel Horton and center Kadin Shedrick.

This year’s Texas team has plenty of big game and NCAA Tournament experience. Terry’s squad has five players that have been a part of an Elite Eight team, six players that have appeared in a Sweet 16 game, and seven players that have played in the NCAA Tournament.

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How to Watch

When: Wednesday, November 15th

Time: 8 p.m. Central



The Rodney Terry File

Rodney Terry enters Tuesday with a career record of 187-164. He has been a head coach at the Division I level for eleven years.

Terry built the Fresno State program up in his time in California. The Bulldogs won 20 or more games in four of Terry’s last five seasons. That included three times in post season play.

Terry led Texas to a 22-8 record, second place Big 12 regular season, Big 12 Tournament Championship and Elite Eight in 2022-23. He sports a 3-2 record in the NCAA Tournament.

The Scott Pera File

Pera is in his seventh season as the head coach at Rice. He has a career record of 86-106, all as the head coach of the Owls. The Pennsylvania native was an assistant coach at the college level for nine years prior to being named head coach at Rice.

Rice Owls starters

G Travis Evee, 6-1, senior (10.5 points, 2.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists)
G Mekhi Mason, 6-5, sophomore (13.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists)
G Anthony Selden, 6-6, super senior(11.0 points, 3.5 rebounds)
PF Keanu Dawes, 6-9, freshman (4.0 points, 3.5 rebounds)
PF Max Fielder, 6-11, senior (14.5 points, 10.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists)

Key reserves

F Sam Alajiki, 6-7, junior (9.5 points, 3.5 rebounds)
G Noah Shelby, 6-3, sophomore (9.5 points, 2.0 assists)

Texas Longhorns projected starters

PG Tyrese Hunter, 6-1, junior (12.0 points, 2.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists)
CG Max Abmas, 6-0, super senior (15.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists)
SG Ithiel Horton, 6-4, super duper senior (17.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 2.5 steals)
Dillon Mitchell, 6-8, sophomore (11.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists)
PF Ze’rik Onyema, 6-8, senior (7.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.5 blocks)

The reserves 

SG Chendall Weaver, 6-3, sophomore (5.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 0.5 assists)
PF/C Kadin Shedrick, 6-10, senior (7.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.5 blocks)
Brock Cunningham, 6-6, super duper senior (7.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.5 steals) 
PF Alex Anamekwe, 6-5.5, freshman (1.0 points, 0.5 rebounds)
SF Devon Pryor, 6-7, freshman (2.0 rebounds)
CG Chris Johnson, 6-4, freshman (5.0 points, 1.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists)
*PF Dylan Disu, 6-9, senior – injured

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