MBB Preview: Oklahoma vs. #6 Texas A&M

The Sooners (15-9, 6-5) will get another shot at All-American point guard candidate Acie Law (pictured) and the 6th-ranked Aggies (21-4, 9-2) at 2:42 p.m. Saturday in Norman. OU leads the all-time series 25-2 overall and 12-0 in Norman. See inside for more pregame news and notes, including quotes from OU head coach Jeff Capel on the matchup.

The Teams
Oklahoma (15-9, 6-5) vs. #6 Texas A&M (21-4, 9-2) -- 2:42 p.m. (CST) -- Lloyd Noble Center (12,000)

Saturday's game will be televised regionally on ABC (KOCO 5/Cox 8 in OKC and KJRH 2/Cox 9 in Tulsa). Ron Franklin (play-by-play) and Fran Fraschilla (analyst) will call the action. The game can be heard on the Sooner Radio network on KOKC 1520 AM in Oklahoma City, KFAQ-AM 1170 in Tulsa and KKGM-AM 1630 in Dallas.

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The Matchup
Oklahoma's NCAA hopes could get a major boost with a win Saturday over the 6th-ranked Aggies (18th in the RPI), who come into the game tied with Kansas atop the Big 12 standings at 9-2.

A&M defeated the Sooners, 70-61, in a game that Oklahoma actually led at halftime in the first meeting between the two teams on January 27 in College Station. Nate Carter led the Sooners with 19 points and 7 rebounds, while Antanas Kavaliauskas led the Aggies with 20 points. A&M point guard and All-American candidate Acie Law added 19 points, seven assists and six rebounds.

After their win over Oklahoma, the Aggies went on to win their next four games, including a 69-66 win over Kansas in Lawrence, before losing to Texas Tech 77-75 Tuesday in College Station.

Saturday's battle will also be matchup of two of the top two defensive teams in the Big 12, as the Aggies are first in scoring defense (56.8). OU is second (57.8). A&M also leads the leauge in scoring margin, free throw percentage, field goal percentage, field goal percentage defense, 3-point field goal percentage defense, assists, defensive rebounding and assist-to-turnover ratio.

Texas A&M is 4-1 in Big 12 road games, while the Sooners are a perfect 5-0 at home in conference play. OU leads the all-time series 25-2 overall and 12-0 in Norman.

Game 1 Recap | Oklahoma Game Notes | A&M Game Notes

Jeff Capel on A&M
"It's going to be difficult. Not many people have done it this year (beat A&M). We thought we played them awfully well at their place, but we came up a little bit short down the stretch.

"Acie Law, I think, is the best point guard in the country just because of his size and the things that he does. But more importantly, he wins. He and Taurean Green (Florida) are the best two point guards in the country. He's terrific.

"Joseph Jones is one of the premiere big guys in the league. Kavaliauskas can really play and hurt us down there. Josh Carter is the fourth-leading guy in the country in 3-point field goal percentage. Billy Gillispie's done a great job there. Not a good job, he's done a great job. They have a very, very good basketball team.

"They're coming off of a loss just like us so it's going to be a great challenge for us. But we're excited about it."

Oklahoma Projected Starters:
C -- 30 --Longar Longar -- 6-11, 228, Jr. -- 12.1 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 1.4 bpg
F -- 24 --Nate Carter -- 6-6, 220, Sr. -- 11.0 ppg, 4.8 rbg
G -- 2-- Michael Neal -- 6-3, 198, Sr. -- 10.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg
G -- 5 --Tony Crocker -- 6-5, 187, Fr. -- 9.0 ppg, 4.1 rpg
G -- 20 -- Austin Johnson -- 6-3, 160, So. -- 7.6 ppg, 3.3apg

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

Texas A&M Projected Starters:
C -- 30 -- Joseph Jones -- 6-9, 250, Jr. -- 13.2 ppg, 6.4 rpg
F -- 44 -- Antanas Kavaliauskas -- 6-9, 250, Sr. -- 12.4 ppg, 6.1 rpg
G -- 22 -- Dominique Kirk -- 6-3, 180, Jr. -- 6.6 ppg, 3.3 rpg
G -- 23 -- Josh Carter -- 6-7, 195, So. -- 12.5 ppg, 3.7 apg
G -- 1 -- Acie Law -- 5-11, 221, So. -- 16.8 ppg, 5.4 apg, 2.9 rpg

More on the Aggies
Roster | Schedule/Results | Stats

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