LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 03: Sheldon McClellan #1 of the Texas Longhorns shoots over David Wear #12 of the UCLA Bruins at LA Sports Arena on December 3, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
A young Longhorns team will try to take advantage of a slate of easy non-conference games over the next two weeks.
After defeating UCLA 69-59, the Texas Longhorns men's basketball team begins an easy stretch of home non-conference games Tuesday against Texas-Arlington before a road game at No. 6 North Carolina on Dec. 21.
The 7:00 PM game will be televised regionally on The Longhorn Network.
Under sixth-year head coach Scott Cross, Texas-Arlington returns the vast majority of last season's 13-16 team. The Mavericks leading scorers are both upperclassmen: 6'5 senior forward LaMarcus Reed III at 14 points a game and 6'5 junior forward Kevin Butler at 12.5 points a game.
In contrast, Texas' rotation is comprised mostly of their six-man recruiting class, with leading scorer J'Covan Brown and senior post players Alexis Wangmene and Clint Chapman the only returning upperclassmen.
The game tonight begins a stretch of four home games against unranked opponents while the freshmen take their exams for the fall semester.
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