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Oklahoma Sooners vs. Texas Longhorns Pick & Prediction JAN 11TH 2022

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Texas coach Chris Beard has been through the grind of a Big 12 schedule plenty of times.

So after back-to-back performances that left plenty to be desired, Beard isn't about to get flustered heading into Tuesday's home matchup between his No. 21 Longhorns and Oklahoma in Austin, Texas, saying "there's no time for anger" in the Big 12.

"You stay the course. You don't get too high. You don't get too low," Beard said. "You continue to tell the truth, though. And you work on things. And the truth is, we've got a lot to work on in the offensive end and the defensive end right now.

"But now, you stay the course, you stay poised, you stay composed."

Texas is coming off a lackluster 64-51 loss at Oklahoma State on Saturday, where the Longhorns didn't show much aggression at all.

Texas (12-3, 2-1 Big 12) hasn't attempted a first-half free throw in consecutive games. In Saturday's loss, they didn't make it to the line until less than 13 minutes remained.

But Beard is confident his team can get back the aggression that helped fuel the start of the Longhorns' six-game winning streak that was snapped with the loss to the Cowboys, and gave Texas the nation's top scoring defense heading into Big 12 play.

"You know, it's prince today, frog tomorrow," Beard said. "This is what playing, coaching at this level is like. We've got a lot of leadership, we've got a lot of care factor in that locker room. We've got a lot of players that I believe in. I think we'll be back."

They'll need to bounce back quickly to beat a Sooners team coming off a 79-66 win over then-No. 11 Iowa State on Saturday.

Oklahoma's defense has plenty of bite as well, holding the Cyclones to 5 of 17 from the floor down the stretch and keeping Iowa State to just two offensive rebounds.

All season, Sooners coach Porter Moser has talked about developing depth beyond his starting five.

Freshman reserve point guard Bijan Cortes showed Oklahoma's growth in that area in Saturday's game.

Cortes came into the game with 9:30 remaining and the Cyclones up five, and never came out. He had four points, five assists and three rebounds the rest of the way, assisting three times on buckets by Jacob Groves, another Sooners reserve.

"It's so fun playing with a point guard like that who sees the floor the way he does and makes the passes that he makes," Groves said of Cortes. "He's not scared. As a freshman especially, he made some big-time plays.

"That was awesome to see."

The Sooners (12-3, 2-1) have beaten the Longhorns each of the past two seasons in Austin and if they are to win a third consecutive game at Texas -- something they haven't done since the formation of the Big 12 in 1996 -- the bench figures to play a big role once again.

"It's going to be a huge game where we're going to need myself, Bijan, C.J. (Noland)," Groves said. "We're going to need a spark off the bench."

--Field Level Media

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Oklahoma Sooners vs. Texas Longhorns Recap JAN 26TH 2021

Kristian Doolittle scored 22 points to lead the visiting Oklahoma Sooners on a late decisive surge on the way to a 72-62 win over the Texas Longhorns on Wednesday in Big 12 Conference action from Austin, Texas.

The game was tied at 48 after a 3-point jumper by the Longhorns' Courtney Ramey with 10:55 to play. But Oklahoma slowly pulled away, forging an 11-2 run to take 61-53 advantage heading to the final six minutes.

The Sooners kept up the pace, pushing the game out of reach at 66-55 on a bucket by Kur Kuath with 3:36 remaining.

Jamal Bieniemy scored 11 points and Austin Reaves added 10 points for the Sooners (11-3, 2-0 in Big 12), who won their fourth straight game. It was Oklahoma's first win in Austin since 2015. The Longhorns had been 4-0 against Oklahoma under Shaka Smart in games played in Austin.

Oklahoma outshot the Longhorns 50 percent to 37.5 percent for the game. Texas went just 8 of 29 from 3-point range.

Texas (10-4, 0-2) was led Ramey's 14 points and by Jericho Sims' 12 points and a career-high-tying 15 rebounds, recording his third straight double-double.

Matt Coleman III and Jase Febres added 10 points each for the Longhorns, who have lost two straight and dropped its first home game of the season after seven wins.

Texas led 29-20 after a jumper by Febres with 7:15 to play in the first half but the Sooners closed the half with a 14-4 run and led 34-33 at halftime.

Oklahoma, which hit on 50 percent of its shots in the first half, got 13 points from Doolittle. Texas stayed in the game thanks to balanced scoring (Ramey led the Longhorns with seven first-half points) and a 21-17 edge on the glass.

--Field Level Media

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