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Texas F Dylan Disu cleared to return, will be on minutes restriction Tuesday vs. Pine Bluff

The Vanderbilt transfer is expected to be a key part of Texas’ roster this season.

NCAA Basketball: Texas-Rio Grande Valley at Texas
Texas Longhorns head coach Chris Beard talks with guards Jaylon Tyson and Tristen Licon during the second half against the Texas Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros at Frank C. Erwin Jr. Center.
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December 14: Disu has been cleared to play and will be part of the Longhorns rotation Tuesday against Pine Bluff. He will be on a minutes limit.

The No. 5 Texas Longhorns meet the No. 1 Gonzaga Bulldogs Saturday at 10:30 p.m. ET in one of the biggest non-conference games of the 2021-22 college basketball season. Unfortunately for the Longhorns, forward Dylan Disu will not be playing in the contest.

Disu averaged 15.0 points and 9.2 rebounds per game last season as member of the Commodores, showcasing his abilities as a rim protector and interior scorer. He was also able to hit the three-point shot at a decent clip, providing some versatility for a talented Texas team under Chris Beard.

With Disu out, the Longhorns are going to struggle to contain Chet Holmgren and Drew Timme in Gonzaga’s frontcourt. The Bulldogs lost Corey Kispert, Joel Ayayi and Jalen Suggs from last season’s team but still have the top ranking. Timme and Andrew Nembhard return from that group. They’ll be hoping to make a statement in this game.

Gonzaga is a 7-point favorite against the spread according to DraftKings Sportsbook. The Bulldogs are -320 on the moneyline, while the Longhorns are +250.