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NORMAN, Okla. -- Sooners Illustrated breaks down the rematch between OU and Texas Wednesday evening at Lloyd Noble Center.


Until last weekend, the Sooners (12-10, 4-4 Big 12) hadn't dropped a game since these two met the first time in Austin. But OSU snapped their four-game Big 12 winning streak last weekend in the first edition of Bedlam. Even so, OU is still playing much better basketball than earlier in the season, but it will have its hands full in this rematch with the hottest team in the conference in the Texas Longhorns (20-3, 8-0 Big 12). The ‘Horns arrive winners of 14 out of 15 and with the nation's No. 3 ranking.

Sooner Notes:

--The Sooners have a 47-30 series advantage, including a lopsided 23-9 mark in Norman. They took last year's matchup at home with a 80-71 victory.

--Home cookin' has been no secret in 2010-11, as OU has posted an 11-1 record, while going only 1-9 away from Lloyd Noble Center.

--One of the biggest stories in OU's recent success is turnovers. The Sooners racked up more than their opposition in 10 of their first 17 outings but have since won the turnover battle in five straight.

--Excluding guard Cade Davis, all of OU's top nine scorers are in their first or second year of Division-I college basketball.

--Starters have contributed with 91 percent of the scoring in the past five games.

Looking at the Longhorns:

--Their lone loss in 15 contests was a Jan. 8 overtime decision against the Connecticut Huskies.

--They are a very good shooting team, ranking second in the conference in field goal shooting and 3-point shooting, at 50.4 percent and 42.7 percent, respectively.

--However, they are a poor free throw shooting squad, at 64.5 percent, which ranks last in the Big 12.

--Guard/forward Jordan Hamilton leads the way for the Longhorns with 18.9 points per game, a mark that puts him third in the conference.

--Head coach Rick Barnes is in his 13th year with a 314-118 overall record.

Projected Starters:


F Andrew Fitzgerald (6-8, 231, So., 13.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg)

G Steven Pledger (6-4, 212, So, 12.3 ppg. 2.1 rpg)

G Carl Blair (6-2, 209, So., 7.8 ppg, 4.3 apg)

G Cameron Clark (6-6, 189, Fr., 9.9 ppg, 5.0 rpg)

G Cade Davis (6-5, 209, Sr., 12.9 ppg, 5.0 rpg)


F Gary Johnson (6-6, 238, Sr.,11.6 ppg, 6.5 rpg)

F Tristan Thompson (6-8, 225, Fr., 12.7 ppg. 7.4 rpg)

G Jordan Hamilton (6-7, 200, So., 18.9 ppg, 7.6 rpg)

G Dogus Balbay (6-1, 175, Sr., 4.7 ppg, 2.5 apg)

G Cory Joseph (6-3, 185, Fr., 11.0 ppg, 3.9 rpg)

Sooners Illustrated's Take:

The Crimson and Cream were blown out in the earlier meeting, but it should be much different this time around. With how good the Sooners have been at home, they'll have a chance to win this game late. The crowd will be as good as it's been all season, and it should be a good environment with a "White Out." But OU will come up just short in this one despite a competitive battle.

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