Oklahoma forward Kristian Doolittle (21) defends as Iowa State guard Lindell Wigginton (5) goes to the basket in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Norman, Okla., Monday, Feb. 4, 2019. Iowa State won 75-74. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)

BEVO BEAT Men's Basketball

Men’s preview: Texas at Oklahoma

Posted February 22nd, 2019

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Texas at Oklahoma

When: 11 a.m. Saturday

Where: Lloyd Noble Center (capacity 11,528)

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TV/radio: ESPNU/104.9 The Horn

About the series: Oklahoma leads the all-time series 54-40. The Longhorns currently have a leg up in this series, having won five of the last six games. Texas is aiming for its second regular-season sweep since 2011 and 2012.

TEXAS (15-11, 7-6 Big 12)
No.Pos.PlayerClassHt.PPGRPG
2GMatt Coleman IIISoph.6-210.03.5*
3GCourtney RameyFr.6-37.23.0
13GJase FebresSoph.6-57.72.7
21FDylan OsetkowskiSr.6-910.17.8
10FJaxson HayesFr.6-1110.35.2
Coach: Shaka Smart (65-61, 4th year at Texas; 228-117, 10th year overall)
*-indicates assists per game.

About the Longhorns: Sophomore Royce Hamm Jr. hasn’t played much during the Big 12 portion of the season. But when does get activated, Hamm tries to make something happen, like he did last week against Oklahoma State. Hamm had one block, missed a jumper, fought for the rebound, regained his position and scored a tough layup that energized his teammates. He’s come to accept his role behind Jaxson Hays and Jericho Sims. “When I get on the court, I try to let all my problems or all my personal experiences or anything that happened to me, just let that go,” Hamm said. “When I step on the floor, I have something I’ve got to do.” Coach Shaka Smart said Kamaka Hepa, who missed the OSU game with a concussion, will likely not play against OU.

OKLAHOMA (16-10, 4-9 Big 12)
No.Pos.PlayerClassHt.PPGRPG
24GJamal BieniemyFr.6-44.13.1*
0GChristian JamesSr.6-415.36.8
1GRashard OdomesSr.6-66.92.5
21FKristian Doolittle Jr.6-79.96.6
35FBrady Manek Soph.6-911.76.5
Coach: Lon Kruger (156-101, 8th year at Oklahoma; 635-405, 33rd year overall)
*-indicates assists per game.

About the Sooners: Coach Lon Kruger’s club snapped a five-game losing skid with an impressive 71-62 road win at TCU. Kristian Doolittle had 21 points, 10 rebounds and, as Kruger told reporters, “Pretty much did everything you’d want a guy to do.” OU would need to get on a late-season run to get back into NCAA Tournament contention. But the Sooners may be out of karma after the sizzling runs fueled by Buddy Hield and Trae Young. This year’s team has struggled to score (71.2 points) and shoot (44.1 percent). It’s a middle-of-the-pack Big 12 team this season, but playing in Norman still isn’t easy. “The goal is just to get better every day as a team and just come together long term and try and get hot,” OU’s Christian James told reporters after the TCU win.

Contact Brian Davis at 512-445-3957. Email bdavis@statesman.com.

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