February 2, 2007

Hardwood Analysis: K-State at Texas

AUSTIN, Texas -- It's believed that Kansas State is going to need at least one marquee win down the stretch to make the NCAA Tournament, and the Wildcats have their first chance to earn one Saturday on the road against Texas. The 23rd-ranked Longhorns are one of the most talented, but youngest, teams in the Big 12 Conference; can K-State's experience overcome the Longhorns' ability?

Hardwood Analysis: Kansas State (16-6, 5-2) vs. Texas (16-5, 6-1)
Saturday, Feb. 3
Austin, Texas


Backcourt
The dish: There's more than just one freshman making headlines in Austin. Point guard D.J. Augustin has been fantastic in his first season running the Longhorn offense, as the 5-foot-11 freshman averages better than 13 points and seven assists a contest. Augustin's play is complimented by that of UT's A.J. Abrams, a 5-foot-10 sophomore. Abrams, like Augustin, lacks size, but he's a big time scorer at 16.1 points per outing. Abrams provides a major threat from deep; he shoots 44.5 percent from distance for the season. Junior Clent Stewart has been effective for K-State much of the time, but when Stewart struggles the Wildcats have been able to get help from reserve point guards Blake Young and Jermaine Maybank. All of K-State's points possess better size than Augustin and Abrams, as do Wildcat shooting guard/wing players Lance Harris and Akeem Wright. The Wildcats could bother Texas here with their length, but UT's smallish duo has found ways to get it done all season long.
EDGE: TEXAS


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