On January 4th, the Oklahoma Sooners opened conference play against the Texas Longhorns in Austin. Javan Felix poured in a career high 28 points but it wasn't enough. Behind Buddy Hield's 22 points, the Sooners escaped with an 88-85 victory although Isaiah Cousins was ejected with a second technical foul.
As the season has worn on, the win for Lon Kruger and his squad has continued to look better and better. For Rick Barnes, the occasion marks the only conference home loss his Longhorns have suffered all season. While Texas will be looking for redemption, the Sooners attempt to get the sweep in the Red River Rivalry.
Assuming OU wins on Saturday, March 1st at 3:00PM CST on the Big 12 Network, they will have secured sweeps over OSU and Texas for the first time in conference history.
Currently, Oklahoma has proven to be dangerous from behind the arc shooting 41.4% on the season in home games. Frank Booker comes off the bench and continues to fire up shots from range. The effort stretches the floor to open up driving lanes for Jordan Woodard. With four players in the starting lineup able to create shots for themselves, the Sooners present a challenge to any team defensively.
On the other hand, the Longhorns are lengthy with the ability to clog the lane. Cameron Ridley has recorded 66 blocks on the season while his counterpart, Prince Ibeh adds another 52 of his own as Texas rejects 6.2 shots per contest. One downfall for the Longhorns is that they appear to have peaked too early in the season.
After opening conference play with two losses, UT went on a mission defeated ranked team after ranked team en route to a seven game winning streak. Now, they have lost 2 of their last 3 and have a 3-4 road record against the rest of the Big XII. If the Longhorns hope to steal a win, Felix needs to put up a near career mark with a handful of 3-pointers.