The Texas Longhorns will look to bounce back against the Florida A&M Rattlers on Wednesday night after going 1-2 at the PK80 Invitational in Portland, Oregon. Texas fell short against top-ranked Duke and a top-15 Gonzaga team, both in overtime. The Longhorns first-ever meeting with the Rattlers will be played at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, where school officials will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Erwin Center’s opening back in 1977.
Florida A&M (1-7)
The Rattlers have played a few difficult games away from home already this season, losing to Mississippi State, UNLV, and Miami. Their lone win of the season came against Division 2 school Albany State, 77-59. The team is led by two seniors, Marcus Barham and Desmond Williams. Barham leads the team in scoring, averaging 16 points per game. He also scored 26 points in the loss to the Stephen F. Austin. Williams contributed 14 points in the loss to the Lumberjacks and has been averaging 13 points per game and 5 rebounds.
After a tough slate of games, last weekend the Longhorns and coach Shaka Smart will be happy to get back in front of their home crowd on Wednesday. Smart is 27-10 at home during his two-plus seasons with the program. Tulane transfer Dylan Ostrowski has already made a huge difference in the lineup, averaging 14 points and 8 rebounds per game.
Freshman star Mo Bamba is off to an excellent start, averaging 10 points and 10 rebounds a game. His large wingspan also gives him the ability to block a lot of shots in the paint, making a formidable defender. However, the most impressive has been sophomore Andrew Jones, who leads the team in scoring with 14.8 points per game. He also shot 5o percent in three games during the PK80 Invitational.