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Texas vs VCU

The return of Shaka Smart…

The Texas Longhorns will head on the road to take on the VCU Rams in non-conference play Tuesday evening from the Stuart Siegel Center in Richmond, VA. The Longhorns are coming off a dominating 82-58 home win against Florida A&M, and the Rams recorded a solid 82-75 home win over Old Dominion on Saturday.

This matchup actually came to fruition as a part of Shaka Smart’s contract when he left VCU for Texas in 2015. In that contract the teams had to schedule a home-and-home series.

Starting Lineups

Texas: 

No., Pos., Name, Class, Ht., PPG, RPG

2, G, Matt Coleman, Fr., 6-2, 8.3, 4.0*

1, G, Andrew Jones, Soph., 6-4, 14.7, 3.1

12, G, Kerwin Roach Jr., Jr., 6-4, 11.7, 3.4

21, F, Dylan Osetkowski, Jr., 6-9, 13.6, 8.0

4, C, Mo Bamba, Fr., 6-11, 10.3, 9.7

This Longhorns team is filled with talent, especially freshman center Mo Bamba who is likely a lottery pick in next year’s NBA Draft. Defense has been key to the Longhorns success this season–they are allowing teams to shoot 28.3 percent from deep and are grabbing 39 rebounds per game, thanks in part to their frontcourt duo of Bamba and Dylan Osetkowski. Offensively, Texas isn’t the most talented, only shooting 27.2 percent from beyond the arc and 62 percent from the free throw line. As a whole however, they are shooting 46.6 percent–that shows they accumulate most of their points from the paint. You won’t see them get hot from the three-point line and run away with this game.

VCU:

No., Pos., Name, Class, Ht., PPG, RPG

10, G, Jonathan Williams, Sr., 6-1, 12.4, 6.6*

00, G/F, De’Riante Jenkins, Soph, 6-5, 14.3, 4.5

4, F, Justin Tillman, Sr., 6-8, 15.5, 7.4

13, G, Malik Crowfield, Soph., 6-4, 8.2, 1.7

21, G, Khris Lane, Sr., 6-7, 10.6, 4.6

Coach Mike Rhoades’ club was picked fourth in the preseason Atlantic 10 poll. VCU has already lost to Virginia and Michigan but beat California. VCU is coming off a sizzling 82-75 win over Old Dominion on Saturday, a game that marked the school’s 104th consecutive sellout. Justin Tillman poured in a career-high 28 points, including 21 in the second half. He was 10-for-13 overall and 4-for-5 from three-point range. Rhoades is fully aware of Texas and what they bring into this game. He was the head coach at Rice the last three seasons, compiling a 47-52 record before going back to VCU. He was Shaka Smart’s assistant for five seasons.

Key Stat

The Texas Longhorns haven’t won a road game since March of 2016.

Prediction

LINE: -6 Texas

Size will be a key advantage for Texas as their frontcourt has Bamba standing at 6’11 and Osetkowski standing at 6’9. VCU’s tallest player is Justin Tillman at 6’8.

The Siegel Center will be rocking with another sellout crowd. How Texas reacts will be one of the main reasons they either win or lose this game. Ultimately, I like Texas’ talent to be enough for the victory, but the line of -6 scares me away from picking the Longhorns to cover the points.

Texas 69 VCU 66

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