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Big 12 Tournament Preview: #10 Oklahoma Sooners vs. #2 Texas Longhorns

Oklahoma just blitzed Baylor in round one.  Now the Sooners set their eyes on the prize: Texas.  Cade Davis better have some gas left in the tank because the Sooners are going to need all the offense they can get against the fresh-legged Longhorns (he was pretty much a nonfactor in Oklahoma's previous two games against Texas).  And barring any unforeseen eligibility bombshells, Texas will be playing with both of its best players instead of just one.

Even without Perry Jones in the game, Oklahoma struggled against Baylor's frontline of Quincy Acy and Anthony Jones, who combined for over half of the Bears' points.  This leads me to think Tristan Thompson will eat up the Sooners on defense.  However, looking back at the two games between Oklahoma and Texas during the regular season reveals a much more balanced attack from the Longhorns.  In the first game, four Texas players scored in double figures (led by Jordan Hamilton with 17).  In the second game, all five Longhorn starters cracked double digits (also led by Jordan Hamilton, this time with 20).  

In the two games, Texas' bench combined to score a hideous four points.  In two games!  Cory Joseph and J'Covan Brown have been playing much better lately, but that's still a pretty unbelievable stat.

I like Texas to win pretty big here with defense.  The extra rest should do great things to Jordan Hamilton and his offense, whose slump probably has a lot to do with tired legs.  There's just too much talent on this Texas team for Oklahoma to have much shot at pulling the upset.

The game is at 6:00 PM on the Big 12 Network.