Texas Basketball Schedule, TV Times: Young Longhorns Team Face Tougher Competition This Week

The Longhorns three freshmen starters will play their first games against mid-major and high-major opponents this week.

After opening the season with an easy tune-up against low-major Boston University, Texas' non-conference schedule begins in earnest this week. They play a home game against Rhode Island of the Atlantic 10 on Tuesday and have a contest in New York City against the Pac 12's Oregon State on Saturday.

The Rhode Island game will be televised on ESPN at 3:00 PM Tuesday, while the Oregon State game will be broadcast on the Longhorn Network at 8:00 PM Saturday.

Junior guard J'Covan Brown, one of only two players back from last season's team that was a five-second call from making the Sweet 16, had a career-best performance on Sunday. He scored 28 points on 10-19 shooting with 8 assists against the Terriers.

Of the Longhorns nine scholarship players, six are freshmen, and three -- PG Myck Kabongo, SF Jonathan Holmes and SG Julien Lewis -- started against Boston. 

Texas' young and small roster, which features only one player (senior forward Clint Chapman) over 6'7, will get their first taste of high-major college basketball this week.

The Rams lost four seniors from a team that went 20-14 last year and lost 92-90 to perennial mid-major power George Mason last Friday. Senior Jamal Wilson, a 6'5 195 SG, dominated, scoring 38 points on 59% shooting.

The Beavers, coached by President Obama's brother-in-law Craig Robinson, return six underclassmen from last season's 11-20 team. In their only game this season so far, they beat Cal State-Bakersfield 86-62.

For the latest news and notes on Texas basketball, head on over to Burnt Orange Nation.

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