The Oklahoma Sooners men’s basketball team will be hosting the Texas Longhorns on Monday Night and will be televised Nationally on ESPN’s Big Monday at 8:35 CST. The Sooners (12-4, 3-1) snapped their five game winning streak after falling to the Kansas State Wildcats on Saturday, 69-60.
The Longhorns aren’t having the best of basketball seasons so far, with a record of 8-9 and 0-4 in conference play. They have a 1-7 record on the road for this season. Their latest lost came at home though, as the hosted the Kansas Jayhawks and fell, 64-59. Three of the Horns losses have come in overtime so far this season; two of them being Big 12 teams.
The Sooners are looking for a little bit of redemption, as the Longhorns won both meetings between the two last season. Despite the start, the Longhorns lead the nation in field goal percentage on defense and 3-point field goal percentage defense, allowing opponents to shoot just .345 and .248, respectively, on the season.
This 2012 Sooners team is a vast improvement over last season. They are currently ranked 21st and are projected to go in the NCAA tournament as either an 8th or a 9th seed. Oklahoma has already won as many games away from home this year as it did over the last two seasons combined (6-25 record). The Sooners will play at least eight more games away from Norman this season.
The Sooners are currently in a three-way tie for third place in the Big 12 with Iowa State and Baylor. The Longhorns are currently sitting at ninth.