Hoops Notes: Texas vs. Villanova

Texas travels to New York to take on Villanova Tuesday night in the Jimmy V Classic.
No. 6/6 Texas (6-1) vs. No. 15/12 Villanova (8-0)

Jimmy V ClassicTuesday, December 9, 2008 — 8 p.m. CSTMadison Square Garden, New York, N.Y.

TV Info: The game will be televised nationally by ESPN at 8 p.m. CST. Note that the game could start later if the West Virginia-Davidson game goes long.

Projected starting lineups (season averages)


G Justin Mason, Jr., 6-2, 194 – 9.1 points, 4.9 assists G A.J. Abrams, Sr., 5-10, 161- 18.0 points, 2.7 reboundsG/F Damion James, Jr., 6-7, 222 – 14.3 points, 8.7 reboundsF/C Connor Atchley, Sr., 6-11, 228 – 8.1 points, 4.6 reboundsC Dexter Pittman, Jr., 6-10, 298 – 6.0 points and 3.4 rebounds


G Scottie Reynolds, Jr., 6-2 190 – 14.0 points and 4.8 assists G Corey Fisher, Jr., 6-1, 200 – 11.3 points and 3.4 assists

G Corey Stokes, Soph., 6-5, 220 – 12.9 points and 1.3 assistsF Antonio Pena, Soph., 6-8, 235 – 9.3 points and 5.6 reboundsC Dante Cunningham, Sr., 6-8, 230 – 17.3 points and 8.0 rebounds


James in, Wangmene out: Junior guard/forward Damion James took an elbow shot to the head from UCLA’s Josh Shipp, but should be good to go for Tuesday night’s game. James said he’s healthy, telling the Austin American-Statesman that he’s just got a “headache.”

Sophomore forward Alexis Wangmene, however, will miss the game. Wangmene injured his right knee in practice and missed the Longhorns’ last two games. Over that span, he was officially listed as “day-to-day”, but after a reexamination, his status has been changed to “out indefinitely”.

Jimmy V Classic: Texas’ game against Villanova at Madison Square is a part of The Jimmy V Classic, which showcases four teams in a fundraising event for the V Foundation for Cancer Research. This is Texas second appearance in the Jimmy V Classic. No. 9 Arizona posted a 91-83 victory against No. 6 Texas in the 2003 Classic (Dec. 9).

Davidson and West Virginia are also playing in the Classic. Their game is set to tipoff at 6 p.m. Texas and Villanova are scheduled to play at 8 p.m., but the tip-off could happen later if the West Virginia-Davidson game runs long.

Previous meetings: Villanova and Texas have played twice before, each coming away with a win. The Horns won the first meeting 58-55 in Austin on Jan. 14, 2006 before losing the second half of the home-and-home to the Wildcats 76-69 on Jan. 20, 2007 at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia.

Also see: Abrams Emerges as Go-to Guy for Longhorns