The biggest remaining non-conference game of the regular season lies ahead for head coach Rodney Terry and No. 19 Texas basketball (7-2, 0-0 Big 12) against the LSU Tigers (6-4, 0-0 SEC) and head coach Matt McMahon in the Halal Guys Showcase on Dec. 16. LSU gives Texas a chance to get its second win during the regular season over a major conference team.
Texas's first win over a major conference team this season came in its first game of the Saatva Empire Classic on Nov. 19 against the Louisville Cardinals.
This matchup against LSU in the Halal Guys Showcase also presents an opportunity for the Longhorns to start building team chemistry and confidence a few weeks before Big 12 play tips off. Texas hasn't looked particularly great against better competition during the non-conference slate.
The Longhorns are 0-2 against Quad 1 and 2 opponents this season. Granted, both of those matchups came against top 10 foes. Texas fell short of the No. 8 Marquette Golden Eagles on the road in the Big 12/Big East Battle on Dec. 6.
Texas was also bested by double-digits by the defending National Champion and No. 5 ranked UConn Huskies in the final of the Empire Classic on Nov. 20.
LSU, meanwhile, is off to an up and down start to the regular season. The Tigers are 2-3 against Quad 1 and 2 opponents this season. But the Tigers also haven't faced any top 25 foes. Texas will be the first one this weekend.
Here’s a look at the TV/streaming information and game time as No. 19 Texas faces LSU in the Halal Guys Showcase at the Toyota Center in Houston, TX, on Dec. 16.
How to watch Texas basketball vs. LSU
Live stream: FOX app/FuboTV
Radio/Audio Stream: Longhorn Radio Network
Game time: 11 a.m. CT
Live stats: StatBroadcast
Jon Sciambi and Jimmy Dykes will call the Texas-LSU game live on Dec. 16 on ESPN2.
Roger Wallace and Eddie Oran call the game live on the radio broadcast on Longhorn Radio Network.
Texas is 9-19 in the all-time series against LSU. The Tigers have dominated the recent history of this series, winning four of the last five meetings against the Longhorns. The last time Texas and LSU met resulted in a narrow two-point win for the Tigers in the Big 12/SEC Challenge during the 2019-20 regular season.
Texas basketball projected starting lineup vs. LSU
- G: Tyrese Hunter, Junior (11.0 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 4.2 APG)
- G: Max Abmas, Senior (17.6 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 3.9 APG)
- W/F: Brock Cunningham, Senior (5.8 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 2.8 APG)
- F: Dillon Mitchell, Sophomore (11.3 PPG, 9.3 RPG, 2.3 APG)
- C: Kadin Shedrick, Junior (13.3 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 1.0 APG)
LSU projected starting lineup vs. Texas
- G: Carlos Stewart, Junior (3.6 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 0.8 APG)
- G: Mike Williams, Freshman (7.7 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 1.9 APG)
- G: Jordan Wright, Senior (13.2 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 2.2 APG)
- F: Jalen Reed, Sophmore (10.2 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 1.4 APG)
- C: Will Baker, Senior (13.3 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 0.9 APG)
Texas basketball injury report vs. LSU
The most significant injury for the Longhorns remains the lower-body issue that super senior big man Dylan Disu is working back from. Multiple reports this week noted that there is a slight chance that Disu will make his season debut for the Longhorns this weekend against LSU.
The more likely scenario, though, will be for Disu to return for one of the last few remaining games for Texas before conference play tips off on Jan. 6 at home against the Texas Tech Red Raiders.
Texas basketball vs. LSU: Prediction and odds for Dec. 16
Texas is a 6.5-point favorite over LSU on Dec. 16, and the Longhorns are favored in the moneyline (-275), per FanDuel. The over/under is 142.5 points.
LSU is the No. 106 ranked team in adjusted efficiency in Division I, per Kenpom. Texas, meanwhile, ranks 27th in the nation in adjusted efficiency.
Kenpom gives Texas a 75 percent chance of beating LSU and projects the final score of this game to be 75-68 in favor of the Longhorns.
LSU is a team that thrives thanks to its defensive prowess and length in the frontcourt unit. Behind the seven-footer and former Texas transfer, senior center Will Baker, the Tigers have put together one of the lengthier and more formidable frontcourt big man duos in the SEC this season. Fellow big man and junior power forward Jalen Reed has combined with Baker to average nearly two-dozen points per game, double-digit rebounds, and two blocks.
But don't get fooled by the length and paint-finishing abilities Reed and Baker both bring to the table in the LSU frontcourt, these two can score away from the rim too. Texas hoops fans should know how good of a shooting stroke the former elite five-star recruit and Austin, TX, native Baker possesses.
Baker has cooled down in the last few games, but he started the season shooting north of 40 percent from deep on nearly three attempts per game in the season's first half dozen games.
Reed and Baker both stand at least at 6-foot-10.
LSU's length and experience on the defensive end has proven to be problematic for many of their opponents early this season. LSU is holding its opponents well under 70 points per game and under 40 percent shooting from the field (good for top 35 in the NCAA).
The question for LSU remains its scoring ability in the backcourt. No true LSU guard is scoring in the double figures this season. And the bulk of the LSU guards have struggled to create their own offense at an efficient clip or to shoot the ball from downtown.
This is a good opportunity for Texas's backcourt to rise to the occasion and show what they can do. Texas needs the starting guard duo of senior Max Abmas and junior Tyrese Hunter to be firing on all cylinders if they hope to contend for a Big 12 title this season.