Brendan Maloney-US PRESSWIRE
The Red River Rivalry (hoops edition) travels south of the border.
The Texas Longhorns (12-15, 4-10) continue their nightmare of a season, hosting the Oklahoma Sooners (18-8, 9-5). It's a Wednesday night, the game is on national broadcast (ESPN2), and theoretically Texas could win (Ken Pomeroy gives the Horns a 38% chance). So it's worth a watch.
The Sooners have actually had a pretty good year and sit squarely on the tournament bubble. Home wins against Oklahoma St. and Kansas prop up the resume, and their early season "bad" losses at Arkansas and vs. Stephen F. Austin aren't wholly terrible (SFA, in fact, is the favorite to win the Southland Conference).
The point guard situation has reversed in this rematch. Texas welcomes Myck Kabongo back to its backcourt, while Oklahoma lost freshman sensation Buddy Hield in mid-February to a broken foot. In response, Oklahoma has turned to senior Sam Grooms, last year's starter, who has averaged 17.7 PPG and 4.3 APG in the 3 games Hield has missed.
Senior Romero Osby's 14.3 PPG and 7.1 RPG lead the team. He posted a backbreaking 29 and 8 against Texas in round one, the game in which Jonathan Holmes broke his hand. Hopefully, Holmes' return coupled with Connor Lammert's quickness in the post can slow Osby and fellow big Amath M'Baye.
If Kabongo can leverage his quickness in the backcourt, and Sheldon McClellan can get back into the positive ledger (he scored 25 against OU the first go-round), Texas has a shot at the W.
Oklahoma: G - Isaiah Cousins (#11 - Fr.) | F - (#21 - Jr.) | F - (#4 - Sr.) | F - (#15 - Jr.)
Texas: G - Julien Lewis (#14 - So. - Out - Concussion)
Oklahoma: G -(#3 - Fr. - Out - Broken Foot)
TEXAS (12-15, 4-10)
vs. Oklahoma (18-8, 9-5)
Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013 • 8 p.m. CT
Austin, Texas • Erwin Center (16,540)
Bob Wischusen (play-by-play), Stephen Bardo (analyst)
Radio: Longhorn IMG Radio Network
Craig Way (play-by-play), Eddie Oran (analyst)
Satellite Radio: XM 202 / Sirius 216
Streaming Audio: TexasSports.com
Live Stats: GameTracker