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Texas set to host Prairie View A&M

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The Panthers are one of the three weakest opponents the Longhorns will face this season.

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On Friday evening, the Texas Longhorns have another chance to improve during non-conference play as the Prairie View A&M Panthers visit the Erwin Center.

And let’s be clear at the start — the Longhorns should beat the Panthers handily. Prairie View A&M is ranked in the 300s in KenPom.com’s adjusted efficiency metric and lost to a bad Texas State team by 27 points.

Through three games, Prairie View A&M has shot the ball well from three-point range at 44.4 percent and forced opponents to turn the ball over on 24.3 percent of their offensive possessions. Other than that, the Panthers haven’t done anything particularly well so far during the young season, though this is one of the 20 most experienced teams in the country.

The most dangerous player is senior guard Chancellor Ellis, who exploded for 29 points against UCF on 8-of-12 shooting from beyond the arc. He’s made 10 three-pointers this season, compared to only six from the rest of the team, so Prairie View A&M doesn’t shoot much from distance.

The Panthers don’t have much size, either, starting 6’5 senior Gerard Andrus at the four and 6’8 junior Lenell Henry at the five. Henry is the tallest player on the roster, so the Longhorns should have success on the defensive glass.

KenPom.com gives Texas a 99-percent chance of winning this game, with a score of 81-57. The game tips off at 7 p.m. on Longhorn Network.