How to watch Texas basketball vs. UNCG: Odds, matchups, injuries and more

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No. 21 Texas basketball (9-2, 0-0 Big 12) and head coach Rodney Terry have just two contests remaining before Big 12 play tips off on Jan. 6 at the Moody Center in Austin against the Texas Tech Red Raiders. Texas faces the UNC-Greensboro Spartans (9-3, 0-0 Southern) in the final game before the turn of the calendar year.

UNCG and the UT-Arlington Mavericks are the last two games in non-conference play before the Big 12 opener on Jan. 6 against Texas Tech.

By simple rating system and Kenpom adjusted efficiency, UNCG is the toughest opponent the Longhorns have faced at home at the Moody Center during the non-conference slate. Terry and the Longhorns have faced multiple Quad 1 teams in non-conference play, namely the No. 5 UConn Huskies and No. 8 Marquette Golden Eagles.

Beating UNCG would move the Longhorns' winning streak to four games. Texas has responded well since the double-digit loss on the road on Dec. 6 against Marquette.

Here’s a look at the TV/streaming information and game time as No. 21 Texas hosts UNCG at the Moody Center in Austin, TX, on Dec. 29.

How to watch Texas basketball vs. UNCG

TV: Longhorn Network

Live stream: ESPN app

Radio/Audio StreamLonghorn Radio Network/Sirius XM 132 or 199

Game time: 7 p.m. CT

Live statsSidearm Stats

Alex Loeb and Reid Gettys will call the game between Texas and UNCG live on Longhorn Network.

Craig Way and Eddie Oran have the call on the radio broadcast on IMG Longhorn Radio Network.

You can see how to watch Longhorn Network and which TV/subscription packages offer the channel here.

This is the first matchup all-time on the hardwood between Texas and UNCG. Texas is also the only opponent UNCG faces from the Big 12 this season.

Texas basketball projected starting lineup vs. UNCG

  • G: Tyrese Hunter, Junior (11.7 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 4.3 APG)
  • G: Max Abmas, Senior (17.7 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 4.3 APG)
  • W/F: Brock Cunningham, Senior (6.5 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 2.9 APG)
  • F: Dillon Mitchell, Sophomore (11.6 PPG, 9.7 RPG, 2.1 APG)
  • C: Kadin Shedrick, Junior (11.3 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 0.9 APG)

UNCG projected starting lineup vs. Texas

  • G: Kobe Langley, Senior (10.1 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 5.9 APG)
  • G: Keyshaun Langley, Senior (14.3 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 2.5 APG)
  • W: Donovan Atwell, Sophomore (12.5 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 0.3 APG)
  • F: Jalen Breath, Sophomore (6.2 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 0.8 APG)
  • F: Tim Ceaser, Senior (4.7 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 0.3 APG)

Texas basketball injury report vs. UNCG

Terry and the Longhorns have remained healthy in the last few games. Texas doesn't have any significant injuries of note heading into this matchup against UNCG.

Texas basketball vs. UNCG: Prediction and odds for Dec. 29

Texas is a 15.5-point favorite over UNCG on Dec. 29, and the Longhorns are favored in the moneyline (-2000), per FanDuel. The over/under is 143.5 points.

UNCG is the No. 136 ranked team in adjusted efficiency in Division I, per Kenpom. Texas, meanwhile, ranks 39th in the nation in adjusted efficiency.

Kenpom gives Texas an 87 percent chance of beating UNCG and projects the final score of this game to be 79-67 in favor of the Longhorns.

UNCG's efficient offense will put Texas's backcourt and wing defense to the test. The Spartans rank 46th in Division 1 in points per game (82.0) and 14th in three-point field goal percentage (39.5). UNCG has the best offensive rating of any team Texas has faced at the Moody Center this season.

The strength of this UNCG offense is the versatile senior big man and former VCU transfer Mikeal Brown-Jones. The fourth-year big man leads the team in scoring, rebounding, and true shooting percentage this season. Brown-Jones ranks among the nation's best in player efficiency rating (per Sports Reference).

But Brown-Jones has missed the last three games for the Spartans due to an undisclosed injury. His status is uncertain heading into the Texas game on Dec. 29.

Texas will be looking for another big performance in this game from the starting guard duo of junior Tyrese Hunter and senior Max Abmas. Hunter and Abmas have both scored in the double figures with at least three assists in each of the last three games for the Longhorns.

Final score prediction: Texas-78, UNCG-70

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