MBB: OU-Texas Pregame Notes

The Sooners (12-4) and Longhorns (17-2) will tip-off at 8 p.m Saturday night at the Lloyd Noble Center.

The Matchup
Texas (17-2, 5-0) at Oklahoma (12-4, 3-2) -- 8 p.m. (CST) -- The Lloyd Noble Center (12,000)

Media
The game will be televised nationally on ESPN2. Brad Nessler (play-by-play) and Dick Vitale (analyst) will call the action. To listen the game online called by Bob Barry, Sr. and Mike Houck, click the 'Listen Online' link below and then click the top picture on the page. The game will not be televised.

Listen Online

ESPN Gameday, with Reece Davis, Andy Katz, Jay Bilas and Digger Phelps, will also broadcast live at the Lloyd Noble Center from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday morning and 7-8 p.m. Saturday night. Fans will be allowed inside the Lloyd Noble Center Saturday morning beginning at 8:30 a.m. Admission is free to the morning Gameday broadcast.

The Rankings
Oklahoma is currently ranked 24th in the AP Poll, 22nd in the Coaches Poll and 39th in the RPI. Texas is 4th in the Associated Press Poll, 5th in the Coaches Poll and 10th in the RPI.

The Series
Oklahoma leads the all-time series against Texas 44-21. The Sooners are 20-7 against the 'Horns in Norman. Kelvin Sampson is 17-8 against Texas.

About the Longhorns
Texas comes into Saturday night's matchup riding a nine-game winning streak, which is the longest of head coach Rick Barnes' tenure in Austin.

During the streak, the 'Horns have beaten top 10 foes Memphis (69-58) in Memphis and Villanova (58-55) in Austin. Their two losses came against then-No. 1 Duke (97-66) on Dec. 10 in New Jersey and Tennessee (95-78) in Austin on Dec. 17.

Sophomore center LaMarcus Aldridge is seventh in the league in scoring and first in rebounding. Junior forward P.J. Tucker is eighth in scoring and second in rebounding. Sophomore guard Daniel Gibson is 11th in the league in scoring and second in 3-point field goals made per game. (3.11)

The Longhorns are second in the conference in scoring (79.9 ppg), first in scoring defense (57.8 ppg), second in 3-point field goal percentage and first in rebounding (42.1 rpg).

The Sooners are 11th in scoring offense (67.4 ppg), second in scoring defense (58.8 ppg) and fifth in rebounding (38.1 rpg) and first in rebounding margin (+12.5).

Oklahoma Projected Starters:
F -- 21 --Taj Gray -- 6-9, 238, Sr. -- 14.8 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 1.3 bpg
F -- 34 --Kevin Bookout -- 6-8, 270, Sr. -- 12.1 ppg, 7.5 rbg
G -- 15 --David Godbold -- 6-5, 217, So. -- 5.3 ppg, 2.9 rpg
G -- 3 -- Terrell Everett -- 6-4, 188, Sr. -- 11.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 6.3 apg
G -- 20 -- Austin Johnson -- 6-3, 168, Fr. -- 4.1 ppg, 2.3, rpg, 1.8 apg

Off the Bench
F -- 24 --Nate Carter -- 6-6, 220, Jr. -- 7.2 ppg, 4.1 rpg
G -- 2 --Michael Neal -- 6-3, 191, Jr. -- 10.8 ppg, 2.1 rpg
F -- 32 --Taylor Griffin -- 6-7, 232, Fr. -- 2.9 ppg, 3.5 rpg
C -- 30 --Longar Longar -- 6-7, 232, Fr. -- 2.1 ppg, 1.6 rpg

More on the Sooners
Roster | 2005 Stats | 2005 Schedule/Results

Texas Projected Starters:
F -- 2 -- P.J. Tucker -- 6-5, 255, Jr. -- 16.3 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 2.8 apg
F -- 22 --Brad Buckman -- 6-8, 235, Sr. -- 11.6 ppg, 7.1 rpg
C -- 23 --LaMarucs Aldridge -- 6-10, 237, Jr. -- 16.4 ppg, 9.4 rpg, 2.1 bpg
G --1 -- Daniel Gibson -- 6-2, 190, So. -- 14.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 3.1 apg
G -- 12 --Kenton Paulino -- 6-1, 185, Sr. -- 19.3 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.9 apg

Off the Bench
G -- 5 --A.J. Abrams -- 6-10, 155, Fr. -- 5.8 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 3.0 apg
F -- 40 --Mike Williams -- 6-7, 230, So. -- 2.9 ppg, 3.9 rpg
F -- 25 --Connor Atchley -- 6-9, 225, Fr. -- 3.1 ppg, 1.7 rpg

More on the Longhorns
Roster | 2005 Stats | 2005 Schedule/Results

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Rick Barnes and LaMarcus Aldridge...


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