February 23, 2007

Longhorns travel to hostile Norman

The No. 20 Texas Longhorns have played in some hostile environments this season, but Saturday at 3 p.m. will be an environment the likes of which Texas hasn't seen. The host will be hated rival Oklahoma (15-11, 6-7) in the Lloyd Noble Arena that will be filled with 12,000 Sooner fans that would like nothing more than to stop the Longhorns' winning streak and hopes for staying in the conference title race.

Oklahoma will take the court Saturday with a three game losing streak after dropping decisions at Iowa State (58-51), Texas A&M at home (56-49) and at Missouri (72-68).

Texas (20-7, 10-3) beat the Sooners January 13 in the first meeting 80-69 behind 28 points and 13 rebounds from Kevin Durant as well as a solid 14-point, seven-rebound effort by Justin Mason.

In the first meeting, Oklahoma junior center Longar Longar was out serving a suspension for an elbow that ended the season of a Texas Tech player. Longar will be ready to go the second time around and has been playing well.

The leader for the Sooners in Big 12 play has been 6-foot-6 senior combo forward Nate Carter. Carter is averaging 16.7 points and 7.3 rebounds in conference play.

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