It hasn’t exactly been a smooth road for Texas this season. After kicking off the campaign with seven straight wins, they have gone on a number of skids that have left them split in Big 12 play (6-6) and without a ranking as the end of February looms.
But the Longhorns have won three straight to keep their season rolling, including a nice victory over Texas Tech last Saturday. Freshman Myles Turner notched 25 points, shooting 10-of-13 with 12 rebounds in the victory over Tech on Valentine’s Day. Now, Texas will look to end the regular season on a high note as they invade Lloyd Noble Center on Tuesday night to pay Oklahoma a visit.
The No. 17 Sooners have had a few up-and-down moments of their own. They were on a nice little winning streak before dropping a 59-56 heartbreaker to KSU on February 14. (Get it? Valentine’s Day? Heartbreaker? I’ll be here all week, folks.) After allowing Kansas State to weasel in and tie things up, Marcus Foster’s three-pointer with 3.4 seconds left lifted the Wildcats to victory.
While still ranked third in the Big 12, big losses have cost OU, and they’ve all been bouts where the Sooners struggled to put up shots. They are averaging 75.9 points over their last 10 games, but will need to beat that average against the Longhorns 5th-ranked rebounding squad. And if Saturday’s win over Tech is a sign that Turner is on a hot streak, it could give OU some trouble.
Tip-off for this game is scheduled for 9pm Eastern time.
*Section Photo credit to Andy Lyons, Getty Images; Featured Photo (above) credit to Eric Gay, Associated Press.