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BYU (4-1) vs. Texas (4-0)



The Sports Network

DATE & TIME: Monday, November 25, 7:30 p.m. (et)

FACTS & STATS: Site: Sprint Center (18,500) -- Kansas City, Missouri. Television: ESPNU. Home Record: BYU 3-1, Texas 4-0. Away Record: BYU 1-0, Texas 0-0. Neutral Record: BYU 0-0, Texas 0-0. Conference Record: BYU 0-0, Texas 0-0. Series Record: BYU leads, 3-2.

GAME NOTES: The Sprint Center in Kansas City is the site for the championship round of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic, as the BYU Cougars clash with the Texas Longhorns.

The Longhorns are playing outside of Austin for the first time this season, having posted four wins in as many games at home. However, one might see the early part of the schedule being very favorable to Texas with the likes of Mercer, South Alabama, Stephen F. Austin and Houston Baptist on the slate. But the first two opponents managed to keep things interesting by losing by no more than seven points in a hostile environment.

As for the Cougars, they too began 2013-14 with four consecutive wins, but like Texas some of those triumphs came against questionable competition. Last Wednesday night, the team finally landed in the loss column when 21st-ranked Iowa State captured a 90-88 victory at the Marriott Center.

The Cougars lead the all-time series by a 3-2 count, although Texas won the most recent encounter, 96-57, in Austin back in 1978.

The winner of this game will go up against the winner of the DePaul/Wichita State contest in the title tilt on Tuesday night.

In a game that featured four ties and six lead changes, the Cougars watched a 12-point, first-half advantage vanish and turn into a two-point loss in Provo against the Cyclones. Except for Nate Austin who finished with six points and 13 rebounds, every starter for the Cougars scored in double figures, led by Tyler Haws with 20 on 6-of-19 shooting from the field. Matt Carlino produced 19 points, seven assists and four steals, followed by Eric Mika with 17 points and nine boards. Also coming up a rebound shy of a double-double was Kyle Collinsworth as he dropped in 11 points.

Once again this season, the key figure in the BYU offense is Haws with his 26.3 ppg, although he has refrained from attacking too much from the perimeter, shooting just 4-of-8 beyond the arc at this stage. Carlino, just a 5-of-25 shooter on the perimeter, puts up 18.6 ppg and is also second on the team with 27 assists, trailing only Collinsworth (12.9 ppg) who has 29 dishes, against only seven turnovers.

Against Houston Baptist, the Longhorns shot 44.1 percent from the field and held the visitors to 39.2 percent, and while the hosts were able to come away with a decisive 28-point win, the margin of victory would have been even greater if not for the fact that Texas shot a mere 18-of-40 at the free-throw line. Jonathan Holmes tallied a game-high 15 points, Javan Felix posted 14, Connor Lammert 13 points and nine rebounds, followed by Martez Walker with 10 points in 18 minutes of action.

The Horns have five players scoring in double figures, spreading the wealth as Holmes leads the way with 15.0 ppg. Felix checks in with 13.8 ppg and a team- best 16 assists to help cover up for his 40.4 percent accuracy from the floor. As a group, Texas is producing 80.2 ppg stemming from 46.9 percent from the field and 41.3 percent accuracy on the perimeter. Free-throw shooting is a different story however, with the group hitting on a mere 58.6 percent right now.

Having so many issues at the charity stripe and not really being tested to this point, the Longhorns could be in for a rude awakening tonight in Kansas City.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: BYU 84, Texas 72

11/25 10:32:37 ET

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