Feb 29 2012; Austin, TX, USA; Oklahoma Sooners forward Romero Osby (24) reacts against the Texas Longhorns during the first half at the Frank Erwin Special Events Center. Texas beat Oklahoma 72-64. Mandatory Credit: Brendan Maloney-US PRESSWIRE
The Oklahoma Sooners will be looking to close out the season with a win on Senior Night. A win would give them a .500 record and a long shot at a lower tier tournament. It will also mark 15 wins surpassing last season's win total by one. While the NCAA is the goal, Sooner fans will take any post-season tournament at this point as it is a sign of progress.
On the other hand, the Texas A&M Aggies began the season crowned co-Big XII favorites. However, they are on a 4-game losing streak and will be looking to end the season on a good note. There is nothing to lose for this Aggie team at this point as no matter what happens, these teams will meet on final time in the first round of the conference tournament.
With that said, this is a great opportunity for each team to re-familiarize themselves with one another in anticipation of moving on in the conference tourney.
The first time these two teams met, Oklahoma was able to take Texas A&M the distance finding themselves in overtime in College Station. However, the Aggies were able to edge the Sooners. Now, OU will be looking for revenge as well as sending the Aggies off in the right fashion...with a loss...before their conference abandonment.
One thing the Sooners will need to do is avoid the runs. While Texas A&M is not the most talented, they have the ability to frustrate Oklahoma by stringing together runs. This will help take the Sooners out of their groove causing them to being forcing the issue. On the other side of that coin is the ability to finish. The Sooners have lacked a late kick to close out close games. On numerous occasions Oklahoma has had the chance to win against a better foe in the final minutes, yet failed to do so.
On defense, OU will need to know where Elston Turner is on the court at all times. He leads the Aggies in scoring this season but has the ability to hit the deep ball, a weakness in this Oklahoma defense. Close out defense and blocking out will be keys as both teams matchup well in the rebounding game.
Khris Middleton has the potential to be an x-factor. He has been in and out of play due to an injury. The injury he suffered was reinjured against the Sooners in College Station in his 12 minutes of play. Middleton will add another scoring option this time around although he will still be recovering. Expect him to play a full share of minutes and be a key part of this Aggie offense.