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Hoops Preview: Texas to host #12 Oklahoma

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Texas (14-8, 4-5) vs. #12/15 Oklahoma (16-5, 6-3)

When: Saturday, February 3, 2017
Time: 5:15 PM
Venue: Frank Erwin Center
Location: Austin, TX
TV: ESPN

All-time series record:  Oklahoma leads Texas 54-37.
Last meeting: Oklahoma defeated Texas 70-66 (2/14/18 in Norman, OK).

After losing 73-71 in overtime to #10 Texas Tech on the road earlier this week, the Longhorns will host a ranked Oklahoma team at the Frank Erwin Center on Saturday.  This will be the first of two meetings in the regular season between Texas and Oklahoma, with the two teams meeting again in two weeks in Norman.

Texas looks to continue its winning ways at home, bringing a 10-2 record into the meeting with Oklahoma (the Longhorns lost to Kansas and Michigan at home).  Shaka Smart’s team is also 2-1 against AP Top 25 opponents at home this season, defeating #16 TCU (99-98 in 2OT) and #8 Texas Tech (67-58). Despite being ranked, Oklahoma is an underdog in Austin (Texas -3).

Junior forward and Tulane transfer Dylan Osetkowski has become a dominant force for the Longhorns this season and leads the team in scoring with 14.2 PPG.  True freshman Mohamed Bamba set the overall and freshman season marks for blocked shots in the loss to the Red Raiders earlier in the week.  Bamba recorded 7 blocks and enters Saturday’s game against Oklahoma 95 blocks.  He ranks second nationally in blocks per game (4.52) and has recorded five double-doubles in his last six contests.

Norman native and true freshman point guard Trae Young is averaging 30.3 PPG for Lon Kruger’s Sooner team.  Young, a five-star recruit, is as athletic as they come and will keep Texas on their toes all night.  Junior guard Christian James and freshman forward Brady Manek lead a supporting cast for Oklahoma, averaging 11.9 and 11.5 points per game, respectively.  Oklahoma squeaked out a 98-96 win over Baylor in Norman on Tuesday to improve to 6-3 in Big 12 play. Trae Young finished with 44 points against the Bears.

The Longhorns and Sooners will play in front of a national audience on ESPN, with tip time taking place at 5:15 PM CST.

Follow along and participate in the discussion in our game thread.

 

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Aaron Carrara is the founder and publisher of HornSports and has covered University of Texas athletics since 2011. Aaron is a member of the Football Writer's Association of America and the U.S. Basketball Writer's Association and is a proud father to three boys.

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Texas Basketball Tied for 4th in Big 12 Preseason Coaches Poll

Kansas Jayhawks take the top spot

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The Big 12 Conference released its preseason coaches team rankings for the upcoming basketball season on Friday. The Longhorns find themselves tied for 4th, with the TCU Horned Frogs, in the field of ten teams.  The Kansas Jayhawks top the poll for the eighth consecutive season, collecting all first-place votes and finishing with 81 total points.  Kansas State and West Virginia round out the top 3, with 72 and 61 points respectively.

The Big 12 will hold its preseason media day on Wednesday, October 24 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, site of the 2019 Conference Tournament.

The Longhorns kick off their season against Eastern  on Tuesday, November 6th against Eastern Illinois at the Frank Erwin Center.

Complete Big 12 Coaches Preseason Poll

RankSchoolPoints
1Kansas (9)81
2Kansas State72
3West Virginia61
T4Texas54
T4TCU54
6Iowa State41
7Texas Tech36
8Oklahoma21
9Baylor20
10Oklahoma State10

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Shaka Smart, Texas hoops secure commitment of 4-star PF/C Kai Jones

The Longhorns add their 2nd commit of the 2019 recruiting class

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The Texas men’s basketball team received some good news on Monday evening when Kai Jones, a 4-star center from Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, verbally pledged to the Longhorns. He held offers from more than 25 schools, including Kansas, North Carolina, Ohio State, Georgetown, Texas, Baylor and Florida State.  On September 23rd after visiting Austin, the 6-10, 205 lb. senior from Brewster Academy listed Baylor, Florida State and Texas in his final three.

Jones’ scouting report from ESPN reads: “An extremely athletic post player who is just scratching the surface of his ability. A hard working and active big man who shows touch facing the basket all the way to the 3 point line. Offensively he is more comfortable and effective playing a face up game in space.”

Although he plays center in high school, Texas is recruiting Jones as a power forward. Originally from the Bahamas, he transferred to Brewster Academy from Orlando Christian Prep in Orlando, Florida, where he won a state championship.

Jones is listed as the 53rd best prospect in the country in the 247Sports Composite Rankings, and the 3rd best player in the state of New Hampshire. He joins Elkins High School (Missouri City, TX) shooting guard Donovan Williams in Shaka Smart’s 2019 recruiting class.

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Texas picks up commitment from 2019 4-star SG

The Longhorns secured their first commitment of the 2019 class from SG Donovan Williams earlier today

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Shaka Smart picked up his first commitment in the 2019 class Wednesday morning, when Fort Bend Elkins SG Donovan Williams verbally pledged to the Longhorns. The 6’5, 180 pound guard took his official visit to Austin this past weekend, and it didn’t take long for him to pull the trigger. Williams chose Texas over Arizona State, Texas A&M, Miami and Georgia.

https://twitter.com/STG_Stretch/status/1039891502632198150

Williams is currently ranked as the 111th overall player in the 2019 class, according to the 247sports composite rankings.

Here are some highlights from Williams at the NBPA Top 100 Camp:

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Jacob Young announces transfer from Texas Basketball program

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University of Texas head coach Shaka Smart lost another player on Thursday, just two days after true freshman Mohamed Bamba announced his decision to leave school early and declare himself eligible for the upcoming NBA Draft.  Sophmore guard Jacob Young, who averaged 16.2 minutes and 6.2 points per game for the Longhorns this season, announced via twitter that he would seek a transfer.

“I appreciate all of the effort that Jacob has given to our University over the past two seasons,” said head coach Shaka Smart in a statement.

Young was a 4-star recruit out of Yates High School in Houston and was ranked as the 23rd best point guard in the country.

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