MBB: Texas Preview

Oklahoma (9-5, 1-1) and #25 Texas (12-3, 2-0) will tip-off at 2:30 p.m. (CST) Saturday in Austin. Junior center Longar Longar will not play in the game due to a two-game suspension by the Big 12. See inside for more details, including pregame notes and quotes from OU head coach Jeff Capel on the matchup.

The Teams
Oklahoma (9-5, 1-1) vs. #25 Texas (12-3, 2-0) -- 7:07 p.m. (CST) -- Erwin Center (16,755) -- Austin, Texas

* Junior center Longar Longar was suspended by the Big 12 Friday for two games. The suspension will begin Saturday against Nebraska. See below for a link to the Big 12's release on the suspension and OU athletic director Joe Castiglione's reply.

Big 12 Statement | Castiglione Reply

Saturday's game will be televised regionally by ABC. Brad Nessler (play-by-play) and Jimmy Dykes (analyst) will call the action. The game can be heard on the Sooner Radio network on KOKC 1520 AM in Oklahoma City.

Live Stats

The Series
Oklahoma owns a 45-22 edge overall (16-12 in Austin) in a series that dates back to 1910. However, The Longhorns have won six of the last nine games. Texas head coach Rick Barnes is 8-13 vs. OU.

The Matchup
The Sooners will face another stiff road test Saturday when they travel to Austin for the first of two meetings in the basketball edition of the Red River Shootout.

The Longhorns, who come into the game riding a 20-game home winning streak (9-0 this season), are young but talented. Texas will start four freshmen and are led by 6-foot-9 guard/forward Kevin Durant. Durant, who is averaging 35.5 points and 14.5 rebounds in his first two Big 12 games, leads the Big 12 in scoring (23.4) and rebounding (10.9).

Freshman point guard D.J. Augustin leads the league in assists (6.5), while freshman Damion James is third in rebounding (8.0). Sophomore guard A.J. Abrams, who is 8th in the league in scoring, ranks first in made 3-point field goals per game (3.87) and is fourth in 3-point field goal percentage (50.6).

Texas is ranked first in the Big 12 in scoring offense (86.5) and 11th in scoring defense (69.5). Oklahoma is 11th in scoring offense (68.7) and 2nd in scoring defense (55.9). The Longorns lead the conference in rebounding and rebounding margin, while the Sooners are third and second respectively.

Complete Big 12 Stats

Jeff Capel on Texas
"They're really scoring and shooting the ball extremely well right now in their first two conference games — averaging 95 a game getting out in transition. And (Kevin) Durant has been incredible. I think he's averaging 35 in his first two conference games, about 15 rebounds.

"Obviously, we have to do a good job of containing him. We're not going to stop him, but we have contain him. Then we have to rebound well, we have to get back in transition well and hopefully we can execute and make some shots.

"We'll throw different guys at him, different looks at him and Texas. We're not just going to try to stop Durant, we have to beat Texas. We don't have to beat Durant. Obviously, he's a big part of what they do and a lot of their offense goes through him so we'll do different things.

"They're a very talented team with a great player (Kevin Durant). We're looking forward to going down to Austin and hopefully we can play well. It's a rivalry game and I know all of our guys are excited. It should be a big-time atmosphere."

Oklahoma Projected Starters:
F -- 32 --Taylor Griffin -- 6-7, 232, So. -- 7.0 ppg, 6.8 rpg
F -- 24 --Nate Carter -- 6-6, 220, Sr. -- 5.8 ppg, 3.1 rbg, 1.4 bpg
G -- 2-- Michael Neal -- 6-3, 198, Sr. -- 9.1 ppg, 3.0 rpg
G -- 5 --Tony Crocker -- 6-5, 187, Fr. -- 11.1 ppg, 4.4 rpg
G -- 20 -- Austin Johnson -- 6-3, 160, So. -- 9.4 ppg, 3.5 apg, 2.0 rpg

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

Texas Projected Starters:
F -- 5 -- Damion James -- 6-7, 227, Fr.. -- 7.5 ppg, 8.0 rpg
F -- 35 -- Kevin Durant -- 6-9, 225, Fr. -- 23.4 ppg, 10.9 rpg
G -- 3 -- A.J. Abrams -- 5-10, 155, So. -- 16.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg
G -- 14 -- D.J. Augustin -- 5-11, 175, Fr. -- 13.6 ppg, 6.5 apg
G -- 24 -- Justin Mason -- 6-2, 185, Fr. -- 9.4 ppg, 3.5 rpg

More on the Longhorns
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