No. 1 Gonzaga tangles with No. 5 Texas

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Chris Beard might seem more like a chemistry professor than a basketball coach during his first season at Texas, his alma mater. The fifth-ranked Longhorns crushed Houston Baptist 92-48 in the season opener Tuesday with six players reaching double-digit scoring, but will face a much more difficult test Saturday when they meet No. 1 Gonzaga in Spokane, Wash. In the frontcourt, Timmy Allen (Utah) was a first-team Pacific-12 selection and led the Utes in scoring (17.2 ppg) and rebounding (6.4), Dylan Disu (Vanderbilt) led the Southeastern Conference in rebounding (9.2), Christian Bishop (Creighton) averaged 11 points and 6.4 rebounds and Tre Mitchell (UMass) was a first-team Atlantic 10 pick with 18.8 points and 7.2 rebounds per game.

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