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Previewing Texas Basketball For Round Two

The Texas Longhorns will play at Oklahoma tonight in the two team's second meeting of the season. Texas won that game 66-46 and while the Sooners have improved since that last game so have the Longhorns as well.

OU/Texas Stastical Matchup
 Texas Off vs   Oklahoma Def
 76.4 Points For
 67.3 Points Against
 46.6 FG%
 43.8 FG%
 37.7 Reb
 29.3 Reb
 Oklahoma Off vs   Texas Def
 68.4 Points For
 60.0 Points Against
 46.5 FG%
 36.5 FG%
 29.3 Reb
 31.0 Reb







The Longhorns haven't lost since falling to UCONN on January 8th and have racked up an 8-0 conference record with an average margin of victory of 18 points in their conference games. This will be the best team Oklahoma has faced in Lloyd Noble this season and coming away with a victory is going to be a tall task for the Sooners. 

Texas is 5-1 on road trips this season with their loss being at USC in early December. They're not vastly experienced on the road but with wins at Kansas, Michigan State and Texas A&M you'd have to admit that playing on the road doesn't bother them at all. 

The Longhorns are second in the conference in shooting percentage (50%) and three-point shooting (42%). Jordan Hamilton leads the team 18.9 points per game (3rd in the Big 12) and is shooting 42% from three-point range. Freshman forward Tristan Thompson is leading the Longhorns in free throw attempts with 166 but has only converted on 48% of them. In fact, if Oklahoma can afford to do it depth wise a "Hack a Horn" game plan may not be a bad idea. Texas ranks last in the conference in free throw shooting with a team average of 64%.

Where the Longhorns are going to try and take advantage of Oklahoma in on the glass. Texas is the best rebounding team in the Big 12 with an average margin of +7.4 per game. The make a living on second chance points and limiting opposing offenses to one shot per trip down the floor. If its a bad shooting night for OU then this game can get out of hand real quick.