(AP) — Texas didn’t have much trouble in its Big 12 opener. Given their recent dominance at home over Oklahoma, the Longhorns might not have too many problems during their next game either.
Texas goes for its sixth straight home win over the struggling Sooners, losers of 10 straight conference games and all seven road contests this season, on Saturday.
The 12th-ranked Longhorns (13-3, 1-0) bounced back from an overtime loss to then-No. 8 Connecticut on Jan. 8 with an 83-52 win over Texas Tech three days later. Texas had its second-best shooting performance of the season at 54.7 percent and Tristan Thompson scored 20 points – two shy of matching his career high.
The Longhorns held a 42-23 advantage on the boards.
“We’re fast. We can run. Tristan and our post guys really did a good job sealing inside and opening up some driving lanes,” coach Rick Barnes said. “He was good pushing the ball. Then I thought we got into a pretty good rhythm where we were executing things and we wanted to play inside-out and we played well.”
Barnes’ team will try to keep rolling against Oklahoma (8-8, 0-2), which has dropped eight of 13 and is trying to avoid its first 0-3 start in Big 12 play since 2003-04.
The Sooners have averaged 56.0 points in two conference games. They played without second-leading scorer Cade Davis, who averages 13.1 points, in a 74-61 loss at Baylor on Tuesday.
Davis, whose grandmother passed away, is expected to return against Texas.
Steven Pledger had 17 points and Cameron Clark scored 16, but Carl Blair (10 points) was the only other Sooner in double figures. Andrew Fitzgerald, averaging a team-best 13.5 points, was held to nine.
“Without Cade, which he’s our most experienced guy, our first Big 12 road game, that hurt us a little bit. But the guys that played really gave us everything they had,” said coach Jeff Capel, whose team has dropped 11 consecutive road games.
Oklahoma has been outscored 77.9-65.5 in losing 10 consecutive conference games since it defeated then-No. 9 Texas 80-71 on Feb. 6. The Sooners have also lost 10 in a row on the road in Big 12 play, getting outscored 78.3-64.5.
Davis scored 20 points against the Longhorns in February and 22 in an 87-76 loss in Austin on March 1.
The Sooners could use another strong performance from Davis against Texas, which is allowing 62.4 points per game and is among the nation’s leaders in field-goal percentage defense at 36.7. Texas is also one of the top rebounding teams in the country at 42.9 per contest.
Jordan Hamilton, who leads the Longhorns with 19.4 points per game and is third in the Big 12, scored 12 in the last home matchup with Oklahoma.
Texas trails 47-29 in the series but has won eight of the last 10 meetings, including a 73-68 upset of then-No. 2 Oklahoma on Feb. 21, 2009.