OU-Texas Preview

Texas guard Brandon Mouton moves past the defense by Oklahoma guard Jaison Williams during the 'Horns 66-37 win over the Sooners on Feb. 8 in Austin. Tip-off for Saturday's Red River showdown is set for 8:00 p.m. at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman. OU leads the all-time series over Texas 42-19. (AP Photo/Harry Cabluck)

THE MATCHUP
#11 Texas (18-4, 9-2) at Oklahoma (16-6, 6-5). Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. and the game will be nationally televised by ESPN. Ron Franklin and Jon Sunvold will call the actin.

SAMPSON ON TEXAS
"Texas is not a difficult team to prepare for, they're just a difficult team to play. Their four seniors are really good players. I've seen them for four years (Brandon Mouton, James, Thomas, Brian Boddicker and Royal Ivey). Those seniors have had great careers. Just as the senior group we had last year left with some special, special years at Oklahoma, they've had some special years at Texas.

"That's going to be the story of the game. Our young kids have to play good. We've played tough against some of the good teams, but we haven't beaten them. Some of them have blew us out on the road, and that's disappointing for us that we didn't play better in those games. We're looking forward to playing good against a really, really good team. "I think we're going to play better."

LAST MEETING
Texas embarrassed Oklahoma, 66-37, in Austin on Feb. 8. The ‘Horns committed 14 turnovers and only shot 35 percent from the field, but the Sooners were worse. Oklahoma was 1-for-21 on their 3-point attempts and only shot 28 percent from the field. And OU's 37 points was the school's lowest since a 38-34 loss to Oklahoma A&M in 1955. Brandon Mouton and Brian Boddicker led the 'Horns with 13 points apiece.

THE SERIES
Saturday night's showdown in Norman marks the 62nd meeting ever between the two schools in a series that dates back to 1910. Oklahoma, who have lost their last three meetings against the Longhorns entering Saturday's game, lead the series 42-19 and are 19-6 against Texas in Norman.

THE COACHES
Texas Head Coach Rick Barnes is 134-54 in his sixth season in Austin. OU Head Coach Kelvin Sampson is (230-87) in his 10th season at Oklahoma. Under Sampson, the Sooners are 15-6 against Texas and 6-2 in Norman. Sampson is 10-5 in head-to-head meetings against Barnes.

THE STARTERS
TEXAS
F-2-P.J. Tucker (6-5, 220, Fr., 11.5 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 0.9 apg)
C-0-James Thomas (6-8, 235, Sr., 6.2 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 0.3 apg)
G-3-Brandon Mouton (6-4, 205, Sr., 12.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.4 apg)
G-12-Kenton Paulino (6-1, 170, So., 5.6 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 1.9 apg)
G-24-Royal Ivey (6-4, 205, Sr., 9.8 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 4.2 apg)

OKLAHOMA
F-32-Johnnie Gilbert (6-8, 265, Jr., 4.8 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 0.5 apg)
C-21-Jabahri Brown (6-10, 220, Sr., 7.9 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.5 apg)
G-1-Lawrence McKenzie (6-2, 170, Fr., 8.0 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.5 apg)
G-3-Drew Lavender (5-7, 155, Fr., 11.1 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 3.8 apg)
G-5-Jason Detrick (6-6, 215, Sr., 10.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.5 apg)

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