The No. 15 Texas Longhorns are back on the Moody Center on Thursday evening with a 27-game winning streak on the line against the Texas State Bobcats, including 23 consecutive home games.
It’s the 51st matchup between the two programs with the Longhorns commanding a 45-4 advantage in the all-time series. The two wins by the Bobcats in Austin came in 1935 and 1937.
Led by third-year head coach Terrence Johnson, the ‘Cats are 3-4 on the season with a 2-4 record away from San Marcos, including losses to Little Rock, Oklahoma, and McNeese State. Ranked No. 201 nationally in KenPom.com’s adjusted efficiency metric, Johnson’s team features the No. 295 offense and the No. 101 defense.
Texas State guard Jordan Mason returned from injury to score 21 points off the bench in Saturday’s win over UT Arlington on the road. Forward Brandon Love leads the team with 11 points per game and 7.3 rebounds per game, as well as 23 blocked shots, tops in the Sun Belt and second nationally.
Off to a 5-1 start, Texas is a balanced team offensively with five players averaging double-digit scoring, led by senior guard Max Abmas at 15.2 points per game with a team-leading 16 made three-pointers on 41.0-percent shooting. Senior forward Kadin Shedrick is second on the team at 14.8 points per game, reaching double digits in four of his first five games with the Horns thanks to shooting 74.3 percent from the field, third nationally.
How to watch
TV: Longhorn Network
Time: 8:00 p.m. Central
Odds: The Longhorns are 19-point favorites at DraftKings.
Odds/lines are subject to change. T&Cs apply. See draftkings.com/sportsbook for details.