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Round two at the Maui Invitational brings another power five challenge for Indiana on Tuesday afternoon.

The Hoosiers face the No. 17 Texas Longhorns after their convincing 79-58 opening round win over Providence.

Texas is coming off a 78-76 win over Davidson that came down to the final possession.

Below we bring you the Texas game day essentials, updated Maui pairings, meet the Longhorns, and grades for the win over Providence.

GAME DAY ESSENTIALS

No. 17 Texas (2-0) vs. Indiana (2-0)

  • Tip time:  1:30 p.m. ET
  • Location: Harrah’s Cherokee Center, Asheville, N.C.
  • Television:  ESPN (Jason Benetti and Bill Walton) | Stream
  • IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Errek Suhr, Joe Smith) | Tune In
  • Series:  Tied 1-1 (Indiana won last meeting 77-71 in Alaska in 2001)
  • Point Spread:  Indiana is 2 point favorite.
  • KenPom has No. 9 Texas by 1 point over No. 14 Indiana.

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The 2020 Maui Invitational Schedule

Game 1 Texas 78 Davidson 76 Nov. 30 12 p.m. ESPN2
Game 2 Indiana 79 Providence 58 Nov. 30 2:30 p.m. ESPN2
Game 3 North Carolina 78 UNLV 51 Nov. 30 7 p.m. ESPN2
Game 4 Stanford 82 Alabama 64 Nov. 30 9:30 p.m. ESPN2
Game 5 Texas vs. Indiana Dec. 1 1:30 p.m. ESPN
Game 6 North Carolina vs. Stanford Dec. 1 4 p.m. ESPN
Game 7 Davidson vs. Providence Dec. 1 7 p.m. ESPN2
Game 8 UNLV vs. Alabama Dec. 1 9:30 p.m. ESPN2
Game 9 Third Place Game Dec. 2 1:30 p.m. ESPN
Game 10 Championship Game Dec. 2 4 p.m. ESPN
Game 11 Fifth Place Game Dec. 2 7 p.m. ESPN2
Game 12 Seventh Place Game Dec. 2 9:30 p.m. ESPN2

 

Note:  Indiana will play either North Carolina or Stanford on Wednesday.

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Meet the Longhorns

Archie Miller will meet a familiar foe on Tuesday afternoon.

Longhorn head coach Shaka Smart coached against Miller in the Atlantic 10 when they were at VCU and Dayton, respectively.  Smart held a 3-1 advantage in the head-to-head matchups from 2013 through 2015.

Because of that familiarity, Miller has a good idea of what to expect on Tuesday.

“I know that they have a talented group back, very athletic and long and have some experience coming back, and Shaka does a tremendous job,” Miller said on Monday.  “They play, have always played and will play hard for him and offensively I know they’re going to be very, very fast and they’re going to be talented, so this is going to be game where we’re really going to have to answer the bell.”

The Longhorns moved up to No. 17 in the most recent AP poll.  Texas was ranked No. 19 in The AP Preseason Top 25 (Nov. 9) and No. 22 in the USA TODAY Sports coaches’ preseason poll (Nov. 12).

Smart’s roster is experienced and balanced.

The Longhorns had six players reach double figures in scoring during Monday’s win against Davidson. Texas had five players in double-figure scoring in its opener. Seven UT players are averaging at least 7.0 ppg in the first two contests.

Matt Coleman III, Greg Brown, Courtney Ramey and Jericho Sims each were named to the Preseason All-Big 12 Awards teams (Oct. 28). Coleman was one of six players on the Preseason All-Big 12 Team. Ramey, Sims and Brown were three of the eight players named Preseason All-Big 12 Honorable Mention.

PROBABLE STARTERS
No      Pos     Name                                           Ht      Yr          GP-GS      Pts         Reb (#Assists)
2 _____ G ___ Matt Coleman III _________6-2 ___ Sr. _______2-2 ____ 13.5 ____ 7.0#
3 _____ G ___ Courtney Ramey _________6-3 ___ Jr. _______2-2 ____ 17.0 ____ 4.5#
1 _____ G ___ Andrew Jones ____________6-4 _ R-Jr. _______1-1 ____ 13.0 ____ 3.0#
4 _____ F ___ Greg Brown _____________6-9 ___ Fr. _______2-2 ____ 11.0 _____ 8.0
20 ____ F ___ Jericho Sims ____________6-10 ___ Sr. _______2-2 _____ 8.0 _____ 8.0

OFF THE BENCH
0 _____ F ___ Gerald Liddell ___________6-8 ___ Jr. _______2-0 _____ 5.0 _____ 3.0
5 _____ F ___ Royce Hamm Jr. __________6-9 ___ Sr. _______2-0 _____ 2.5 _____ 3.5
10 ____ G ___ Donovan Williams ________6-6 ___So. _______1-0 _____ 7.0 _____ 0.0
22 ____ F ___ Kai Jones _______________6-11 ___So. _______2-1 ____ 13.5 _____ 5.0
30 ____ F ___ Brock Cunningham _______6-5 _R-So. _______2-0 _____ 4.0 _____ 4.5

Providence Report Card

Because of the tight windows between games at Asheville, our report card feature is abbreviated this week.

Here are the quick grades from Indiana’s win over Providence.

More Providence coverage:  Three keys, stats and highlights | Archie Miller post-game | Durham and Thompson post-game

Overall (A-)  Indiana put its foot on the gas and never let up.  After giving up the first two points of the game IU went on a 9-0 run and would never trail again.  After a 19-9 lead the gap never shrunk below single digits.  Perhaps most impressive?  The Hoosiers beat a good team by 21 points on a day when their best player (Trayce Jackson-Davis), was just 5-of-15 from the field.  IU displayed more grittiness and toughness than we have seen in recent years.

Offense (A -)   IU wasn’t great from the field (45 percent), but what they lacked there they made up for with ball security and offensive rebounds.  Indiana turned it over just 9 times while securing 15 offensive rebounds.  Often a zone defense can be a disruptive change of pace, but you may not have even noticed that the Friars used it at times as the Hoosiers seamlessly transitioned to a zone offense.  With great spacing, transition, screen rejections, zone overloads and offensive rebounds, Indiana was able to get nearly half of its points in the paint.

Defense (A)  Indiana is getting more aggressive on the defensive end than what we’ve seen from past Miller IU teams.  With a smaller, faster and more athletic lineup, the Hoosiers are guarding harder, and extending out beyond the three-point line.  Because of their versatility, Indiana is also switching screens more often.  IU limited Providence to 37 percent from the field and just 17.6  percent on three-pointers as the Hoosiers closed out with intensity on shooters.  Rob Phinisee held preseason first team All-Big East selection David Duke to 12 points on 3-of-12 shooting.  He forced Duke into 4 turnovers.

Player of the Game:  Race Thompson.  Was there any question?  Thompson finished the game with a career-high 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the floor and 6-of-10 from the line. The 6-8 forward secured his first-career double-double with 13 rebounds (eight offensive), a career best. He added two assists and one block in 35 minutes and had no turnovers.

Honorable Mention:  Starting guards Phinisee and Al Durham were steady all day long, combining for 30 points on 10-of-14 shooting, and adding 8 assists with 0 turnovers.


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