Both Oklahoma and Texas come into tonight's game in desperate need of a win, but for different reasons. For the Sooners (21-6, 10-4), a win is needed to keep their Big 12 regular season title hopes alive, while the Longhorns (19-8, 8-6) need a victory to guarantee a winning record in conference play and keep their NCAA tournament hopes alive. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN by announcers Ron Franklin (play-by-play), Fran Fraschilla (color) and Stacey Dales-Schuman (sideline). Tip-off is set for 8:00 p.m. (CST). The game can be heard on the radio in the OKC area on KOKC 1520 AM. To listen to the game broadcast online click the 'Listen Online' link below and then click the KOCK News Talk 1520 banner.
Oklahoma was ranked 23rd in the Associated Press and and 22nd in the Coaches Top 25 Poll released last Monday. Texas is unranked in both polls. In the RPI (Ratings Percentage Index) that is used to help determine seeding for the NCAA Tournament, Oklahoma is 17th and the Longhorns check in at No. 35 as of Sunday.
The Sooners lead the all-time series against Texas 43-21. Oklahoma head coach Kelvin Sampson is 16-8 overall against Texas 5-4 in Austin. Oklahoma won the first meeting this season in Norman on January 22, 65-61. Kevin Bookout led the way for the Sooners with 18 points and 13 rebounds, and Lawrence McKenize sparked the Sooners off the bench with three 3-pointers and 15 points.
About the Longhorns
Texas started Big 12 play 4-5 after losing leading scorer P.J. Tucker and starting center LaMarcus Aldridge for the season. However, since their 88-79 loss to Colorado on February 8, Texas has won four of their last five games. The 'Horns are led by freshman guard Daniel Gibson and junior forward Brad Buckman. Gibson, who scored 18 points in the first game against Oklahoma, leads the team in scoring (14.6 ppg), while Buckman leads the team in rebounding (8.5 rpg). Buckman is also averaging a double-double in Big 12 play.
OKLAHOMA STARTERS (averages)
F -- 21 -- Taj Gray (6-9, 235, Jr., 15.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 1.5 apg)
F -- 34 -- Kevin Bookout (6-8, 259, Jr., 11.8 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 0.6 apg)
G -- 3 -- Drew Lavender (5-7, 153, So., 9.8 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 3.6 apg)
G -- 4 -- David Godbold (6-5, 212, Fr., 4.4 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.0 apg)
G -- 20 -- Terrell Everett (6-4, 185, Jr., 12.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 5.0 apg)
TEXAS STARTERS (averages)
F -- 3 -- Dion Dowell (6-6, 195, Fr.) 2.5 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 0.3 apg
F -- 22 -- Brad Buckman (6-8, 235, Jr.) 12.3 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 1.1 apg
C -- 21 -- Jason Klotz (6-9, 245, Sr.) 10.7 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.0 apg
G -- 1 -- Daniel Gibson (6-2, 190, Fr.) 14.6 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 4.0 apg
G -- 13 -- Sydmill Harris (6-4, 200, Sr.) 6.7 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 0.7 apg
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