KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Texas Men's Basketball will look to salvage a victory on its trip to Kansas City tonight when it take on DePaul in the Consolation Game of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic Championship Round. Tip is set for 6:30 p.m. Central at Sprint Center, and the game will be televised nationally on ESPNU.
GAMEDAY QUICK FACTS
• TELEVISION: The game will be televised nationally by ESPNU. Mark Neely (pxp) and Sean Farnham (analyst) will call the action.
• RADIO: The Longhorn Sports Network and KVET (FM 98.1/1300AM Sportsradio the Zone) broadcast every UT game on the statewide network. Craig Way (pxp) and Eddie Oran (analyst) will call the action. Check www.TexasSports.com for a listing of affiliates carrying the game.
• SERIES: Texas leads, 6-4. Last meeting: Texas 68-64 (Nov. 26, 2000; Puerto Rico)
TEXAS VS. DEPAUL
• Texas and DePaul are meeting in Kansas City for a CBE Hall of Fame Classic Championship Round Consolation Game.
• The Longhorns and Blue Demons are meeting for the 11th time. Texas owns a 6-4 lead in the all-time series that dates back to a 61-43 UT win on Dec. 19, 1946 in Chicago.
• Tuesday will mark 13 years to the day since the last time the two squared off . On Nov, 26, 2000, the No. 20 Longhorns defeated No. 13 DePaul, 68-64, in the Puerto Rico Shootout semifinals.
• UT and DePaul are meeting at a neutral site for the fourth time in series history. Prior to the 2000 matchup in Puerto Rico , the two met in Atlanta for the Cotton State Classic (Dec. 28, 1985) and in the 1960 NCAA Tournament (Manhattan, Kan.).
CLEANING THE GLASS
Texas has outrebounded each of its first five opponents, posting double-digit rebound advantages in three of its first five games. The Horns have registered a +10.8 rebound margin (43.8-33.0) through their first five contests this year.
RIDLEY'S BIG NIGHT
Sophomore center Cameron Ridley stuffed the stat sheet last night against BYU with a career-high six blocks to go along with 12 points and 10 rebounds for his second career double-double. Ridley, who leads the team in blocks (16) this season and is tied for the team lead with Jonathan Holmes in rebounding (6.8 rpg), is the only UT player to reach double figures in rebounds more than once this year.
CROAKER'S SECOND-HALF SURGE
After being held scoreless by BYU in the first half, freshman guard Damarcus Croaker recorded all of his season-high 14 points in the final 20 minutes. While making his first collegiate start, Croaker hit 4-of-7 from the field, including 3-of-6 threes, in the second half.
In just 12 minutes of playing time during last night's loss to BYU, sophomore center Prince Ibeh set a season high in points (11, one shy of his career high) and tied his season high in rebounds (6, including five on the offensive glass). Ibeh set a career high in field goals made (5-of-9) and tied his career high in steals (2) while also recording two blocked shots.