The Longhorns have won five in a row, including two victories over ranked teams. A win in Austin would propel the Cowboys into the Big 12 tournament with momentum no one thought was possible a couple of weeks ago.
Who: Texas (19-11, 9-8)
Where: Frank Erwin Center | Austin, TX
When: 3 p.m. | Saturday, March 7
Live stats: okstate.statbroadcast.com
Spread: TEX -3.5
Series record (since 1997): Texas leads 33-20
Previous Result: 76-64 Longhorns
No. 13 Isaac Likekele
No. 21 Lindy Waters III
No. 1 Jonathan Laurent
No. 12 Cameron McGriff
No. 14 Yor Anei
No. 2 Matt Coleman III
No. 3 Courtney Ramey
No. 1 Andrew Jones
No. 5 Royce Hamm Jr.
No. 22 Kai Jones
A horrible shooting performance doomed the Cowboys from the beginning in their last game against Texas, nearly two months ago. The Longhorns jumped out to a 15-4 lead, and while the Pokes clawed back a couple of times to within 5, they were never able to even things up, eventually losing by 12 at home. Kamaka Hepa scored a career high 15 while Andrew Jones and Courtney Ramey added 14 each.
OSU was led by Kalib Boone, who also had a career high 12 points to go along with seven rebounds. He was the lone Cowboy in double-figures scoring.
This loss came at a time where the Pokes were struggling to find an identity in conference play. Ice still wasn’t quite himself, nobody (and I mean nobody) could hit an outside shot, and the season outlook was becoming more and more bleak as conference play rolled on.
Now, OSU has seemingly found its identity and knows how to compete and win games. I think they’re catching Texas at a bad time, and the fact that its on the Longhorns home floor might be the difference in what I expect to be a close game. Here’s the hoping the Cowboys can end the year winning 6 out of 8 to restore what was once considered a complete disaster of a season.