Oklahoma-Texas Pregame Notes

The Sooners (20-6) and Longhorns (24-5) will tip-off at 3 p.m. Sunday in Austin. Terrell Everett (pictured) led OU with 25 points in the Sooners' 82-72 in the first meeting between the two teams on January 28 in Norman. Oklahoma leads the all-time series 45-21, including a 16-11 mark in Austin. The game will be televised nationally on CBS. (AP Photo)

The Matchup
Oklahoma (20-6, 11-4) at Texas (24-5, 12-3) -- 3 p.m. (CST) -- Austin, Texas -- Frank C. Erwin Events Center (16,755)

Media
The game will be televised nationally on CBS. Verne Lundquist (play-by-play) and Bill Raftery (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.

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The Rankings
Oklahoma is currently ranked 17th in the Coaches Poll, 19th in the Associated Press Poll and 10th in the RPI. Texas is 6th in the Associated Press Poll, 7th in the Coaches Poll and 8th in the RPI.

The Series
Oklahoma leads the all-time series against Texas 45-21. Kelvin Sampson is 18-8 against Texas overall and 13-7 head-to-head versus Longhorn head coach Rick Barnes. The Sooners are 16-11 against Texas in Austin.

About the Longhorns
There will be more on the line than just Red River bragging rights when No. 7 Texas takes on No. 17 Oklahoma on Senior Day Sunday in Austin.

Sunday's matchup is a battle for second place for the Sooners and a chance for a share of the regular season conference title for the Longhorns.

With a win, Oklahoma would tie Texas for second place at 12-4 and occupy the No. 2 seed in next weekend's Big 12 Tournament in Dallas by virtue of the head-to-head tiebreaker. With a loss, the Sooners would become the No. 3 seed next weekend and Texas would tie Kansas at 13-3 for the regular season title. But with their win over the Jayhawks, the 'Horns would earn the No. 1 seed in the Big 12 Tournament.

The Sooners, who have won the last three games in the series, beat Texas 82-72 on January 28 in Norman.

Terrell Everett led Oklahoma with 25 points. He also dished eight assists and grabbed seven rebounds. Taj Gray added 22 points and eight reobunds, and junior Michael Neal sparked the Sooners off the bench by hitting 4 of his 8 attempts from the 3-point line.

The Longhorns are led by center LaMarcus Aldridge, forward P.J. Tucker and guard Daniel Gibson, each of which ranks in the top 16 in the conference in scoring. The trio also combined for 49 of the Longhorns' 72 points in the loss in Norman.

Aldridge, Tucker and senior forward Brad Buckman are also in the top six in the conference in rebounding. Alridge and Tucker are tied for first at 9.0 rebounds per game.

As a team, the Longhorns are second in the Big 12 in overall rebounding and first in rebounding margin. The Sooners are fifth in overall rebounding, first in rebounding defense and second in rebounding margin.

Texas is third in the league in scoring offense (76.6) and first in scoring defense (59.1), while Oklahoma is sixth in scoring offense (69.6) and fourth in scoring defense (62.5).

The Longhorns are 15-1 overall at home this season and a perfect 7-0 in Big 12 play. The Sooners beat Texas last year on senior night in Austin, 74-58.

More Big 12 Stats
Jan. 28 Box Score

Sampson on Texas
"We've already played them once, so the matchups are what they are. (LaMarcus) Aldridge is...I don't know that we have an answer for Aldridge. I don't know that we matchup with them at that position.

"Texas is so talented at all five positions. And like most teams in our league, they're a lot better at home than they are on the road. They lost to A&M on the road, they lost to Oklahoma State on the road, they lost to Oklahoma on the road. But at home they've been invincible.

"And that's where it lies. It's not the matchups that are as important as can we slow them down in there gym? Oklahoma State beat them in Stillwater, but they also lost by 30 in Austin. A&M beat them by three in College Station, but they also lost to them in Austin.

"It's not about the matchups, it's about being able to slow them down in there gym."

Oklahoma Projected Starters:
F -- 21 --Taj Gray -- 6-9, 238, Sr. -- 14.6 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 1.5 bpg
F -- 34 --Kevin Bookout -- 6-8, 270, Sr. -- 11.2 ppg, 7.0 rbg
G -- 15 --David Godbold -- 6-5, 217, So. -- 5.4 ppg, 3.2 rpg
G -- 3 -- Terrell Everett -- 6-4, 188, Sr. -- 12.6 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 6.8 apg
G -- 2 --Michael Neal -- 6-3, 191, Jr. -- 13.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg

Off the Bench
F -- 24 --Nate Carter -- 6-6, 220, Jr. -- 6.4 ppg, 3.4 rpg
G -- 20 -- Austin Johnson -- 6-3, 168, Fr. -- 2.9 ppg, 2.1, rpg, 1.7 apg
F -- 32 --Taylor Griffin -- 6-7, 232, Fr. -- 3.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg
C -- 30 --Longar Longar -- 6-7, 232, Fr. -- 1.8 ppg, 2.0 rpg

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

Texas Projected Starters:
F -- 2 -- P.J. Tucker -- 6-5, 255, Jr. -- 16.2 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 2.7 apg
F -- 22 --Brad Buckman -- 6-8, 235, Sr. -- 10.4 ppg, 7.2 rpg
C -- 23 --LaMarucs Aldridge -- 6-10, 237, Jr. -- 15.6 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 2.0 bpg
G --1 -- Daniel Gibson -- 6-2, 190, So. -- 13.6 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 3.0 apg
G -- 12 --Kenton Paulino -- 6-1, 185, Sr. -- 9.6 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 3.2

Off the Bench
G -- 5 --A.J. Abrams -- 6-10, 155, Fr. -- 5.8 ppg, 1.4 rpg, 2.3 apg
F -- 40 --Mike Williams -- 6-7, 230, So. -- 2.2 ppg, 3.0 rpg
F -- 25 --Connor Atchley -- 6-9, 225, Fr. -- 2.7 ppg, 1.6 rpg

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

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