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DATE & TIME: Monday, January 21, 9:30 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Lloyd Noble Center (12,000) -- Norman, Oklahoma. Television: ESPN. Home Record: Texas 7-2, Oklahoma 6-1. Away Record: Texas 0-3, Oklahoma 3-2. Neutral Record: Texas 1-4, Oklahoma 3-1. Conference Record: Texas 0-4, Oklahoma 3-1. Series Record: Oklahoma leads, 47-34.
GAME NOTES: The Texas Longhorns will try to snap a four-game losing streak on Monday night, as they pay a visit to the Oklahoma Sooners for a Big 12 Conference matchup at the Lloyd Noble Center.
Oklahoma holds a 47-34 series advantage over Texas despite the Longhorns taking the last six meetings and 13 of the last 15 overall. Texas claimed a 72-64 victory at home last year.
Despite losing their last four games, the Longhorns have played tough. They opened Big 12 play with overtime losses to Baylor and West Virginia before being dealt a 20-point setback at Iowa State. Texas had No. 4 Kansas on the ropes the last time out, leading by 11 in the second half. The Jayhawks rallied to defeat the 'Horns, 64-59, dropping them to 8-9 overall and 0-4 in conference.
Texas is the second-least productive team in the Big 12, averaging just 63.8 ppg. However, it is limiting the opposition to just 61.5 ppg. The Longhorns have been competitive with some of the elite teams in the nation due to the play of standout point guard Javan Felix, who leads all Division I freshmen in assists (6.2 apg), and he averages a team-best 12.3 ppg against Big 12 foes. Sophomore guard Sheldon McClellan leads the team in scoring (14.5 ppg), but he is seventh in field goal percentage (.365) and has struggled of late, going 18-of-52 over the past five games, including the contest when he played just one minute versus Iowa State. Sophomore guard Julian Lewis adds 11.8 ppg to the mix, and forward Jonathan Holmes is pulling down 7.4 boards per tilt.
Oklahoma was operating like a well-oiled machine before it ran into Kansas State on Saturday. The Sooners won five games in a row before being defeated, 69-60, by the Wildcats to arrive at their 12-4 record and their first conference setback of the season. Romero Osby (13.6 ppg, 6.4 rpg) and Steven Pledger (11.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg) are the only two players currently averaging double-digits in scoring for the team, that instead relies more on a balanced attack, as eight players average at least 16.1 minutes per game.
The Sooners are not an offensive force, but they still average close to 70 ppg in draining 42.7 percent of their field goal attempts, which includes a 32.2 percent effort from beyond the arc. Osby and Amath M'Baye both went 5-of-9 from the floor to produce 12 points apiece in the loss to KSU, and Pledger chipped in 10 points. Poor shooting haunted Oklahoma, as it went just 3-of-11 from 3-point range in the loss.
Texas may fail to get the job done once again, but it will definitely give the Sooners a run for their money.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Oklahoma 67, Texas 63
01/21 10:31:10 ET
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