MBB Preview: Oklahoma vs. Texas

The Sooners (15-11, 6-7) and Longhorns (20-7, 10-3) will tip-off at 3:01 p.m. Saturday in Norman. Texas freshman Kevin Durant (pictured above in the Longhorns' 80-69 win over OU on Jan. 13) leads the Big 12 in scoring and rebounding. See inside for more pregame notes, including quotes from Jeff Capel on the Longhorns. (AP Photo)

The Teams
Oklahoma (15-11, 6-7) vs. #19 Texas (20-7, 10-3) -- 3:01 p.m. (CST) -- Lloyd Noble Center (12,000)

Tuesday's game will be televised nationally on ESPNU and regionally by ESPN Plus (KOCB 34/Cox 11 in OKC and KJRH 2/Cox 9 in Tulsa). The game is also available via the ESPN Full Court Package. Bob Carpenter (play-by-play) and Paul Splittorf (analyst) will call the action. The game, which is also available with the ESPN Full Court Package, can be heard on the Sooner Radio network on KOKC 1520 AM in Oklahoma City.

Radio Broadcast Info | Live Stats

The Matchup
The Sooners will look to end their three-game losing streak against a Texas team that is on a streak of their own having won four-straight and currently sitting alone in third place in the Big 12 standings.

The Longhorns, who lead the Big 12 in scoring at 82.7 points per game, are led by freshman phenom and National Player of the Year candidate Kevin Durant. Durant, who leads the Big 12 in both scoring (24.4) and rebounding (11.4), scored 28 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in the first meeting against Oklahoma.

Texas also boasts another promising freshman in guard Kevin Augustine, who leads the Big 12 in assists (6.67) and is 13th in the league in scoring (14.3). Sophomore sharpshooting guard A.J. Abrams ranks 12th in the conference in scoring (15.2) and is first in 3-point field goals made per game (3.48).

The Longhorns also boast a former Sooner signee in freshman forward Damion James. James originally signed with Oklahoma, but was released from his scholarship after Kelvin Sampson left for Indiana.

While Texas leads the league in scoring, they also lead the league in rebounding and 3-point field goals made per game. However, they are just ninth in scoring defense (70.7)

Oklahoma is 5-1 at home this season in Big 12 play, while the Longhorns are 3-2 on the road in conference action.

Oklahoma Game Notes | Texas Game Notes

Jeff Capel on Texas
"They're very talented. They have arguably the best player in the country with (Kevin) Durant, and I think one of the better point guards in the country with (Kevin) Augustine.

"He (Augustine) does a good job of getting their team involved. If I'm not mistaken, I still think he's leading the Big 12 in assists. As a freshman, that's a heck of a thing. And he still knows how to get his points. He's had some huge scoring games this year. I think he's a very good point guard.

"I think you could put him up there as one of the premiere points guards in college basketball this early as a freshman. He does a great job of running his team, but like I mentioned also picking his spots of when to score.

"I joke with our staff...I say Kevin Durant has become like Must-See-TV. When he's on you kinda have to watch him, because you never know — something special could happen. He had 37 points and 23 rebounds in the same game. He's put up some amazing numbers in this league that have been unmatched by a lot of guys and great players in this league.

The Series
Oklahoma leads the all-time series 45-23 overall and 21-7 in Norman. The Sooners are 16-10 (7-3 in Norman) against Texas since the inception of the Big 12.
Texas won the first meeting between the two teams, 80-69, on Jan. 13 in Austin. But the game wasn't as close as the final score indicated as the Longhorns led by as many as 28 points with 6:24 to go in the second half.

Game 1 Recap

Oklahoma Projected Starters:
C -- 30 -- Longar Longar -- 6-11, 228, Jr. -- 11.6 ppg, 7.5 rbg, 1.4 bpg
F -- 24 -- Nate Carter -- 6-6, 220, Sr. -- 11.0 ppg, 4.8 rpg
G -- 2 -- Michael Neal -- 6-3, 198, Sr. -- 10.4 ppg, 2.7 rpg
G -- 15 -- David Godbold -- 6-5, 215, Jr. -- 7.5 ppg, 4.6 rpg
G -- 3 -- Bobby Maze -- 6-3, 160, So. -- 5.6 ppg, 2.1 apg

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

Texas Projected Starters:
F -- 5 -- Damion James -- 6-7, 227, Fr.. -- 7.4 ppg, 6.9 rpg
F -- 35 -- Kevin Durant -- 6-9, 225, Fr. -- 24.4 ppg, 11.4 rpg
G -- 3 -- A.J. Abrams -- 5-10, 155, So. -- 15.2 ppg, 2.5 rpg
G -- 14 -- D.J. Augustin -- 5-11, 175, Fr. -- 14.3 ppg, 6.6 apg
G -- 24 -- Justin Mason -- 6-2, 185, Fr. -- 9.1 ppg, 3.6 rpg

More on the Longhorns
Roster | Schedule/Results | Stats

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