Date: January 8, 2020
Tip: 8:00 pm
Location: Frank Erwin Center (Austin, TX)
Oklahoma Basketball is riding a three-game winning streak into Austin, Texas tonight to take on the Longhorns. The Sooners won their conference opener, in comeback fashion, over Kansas State (66-61) and Texas fell in its opener to Baylor by a final score of 59-44.
Here’s what you’ll want to know about tonight’s basketball edition of the Red River Rivalry.
Oklahoma leads the all-time series, 55-40, with Texas holding a narrow lead (23-18) for games played in Austin.
The Sooners are 8-8 against the Longhorns under Lon Kruger but haven’t won in Austin since 2015.
Will There Be An Encore?
Transfer guard Austin Reaves made his Big 12 debut with a 21-point performance that helped spark OU’s comeback win against Kansas State. Of his 21 points, 18 came in the final 10:30 seconds of the game.
Reaves goes into his Big 12 road debut averaging 16.6 points per game, which is the most among Big 12 newcomers and ranks sixth among all players in the conference.
The Three Amigos
Oklahoma is currently producing three of the top 10 scorers in the Big 12. In addition to Reaves, Kristian Doolittle (16.9 points per game) is fifth in the league and Brady Manek (14.9) ranks ninth. Oklahoma and Miami are the only major-conference teams with three players averaging at least 14 points.
OU leads the Big 12 in free throw percentage, making 78.9% of its shots from the foul stripe. The Sooners, who shot free throws at a 69.7% rate in 2018-19, rank seventh in the country in 2019-20. Kentucky (80.1%) is the only major-conference team with a better free throw percentage.
The Longhorns are winning games this season by an average score of 67-61. They are grabbing 33.9 rebounds per game, which ranks them 340th nationally.
Guard Matt Coleman, one of four Longhorns scoring in double figures, leads the team in scoring at a pace of 13.3 points per game. He’s also pacing Texas in assists with 4.5 per game. Forward Jericho Sims (9.2 ppg) is pulling down a team high 7.8 rebounds per game.
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