NCAA Basketball: Texas Longhorns vs Oklahoma Sooners- Possible Lineups and Predictions

Published 01/26/2021, 1:00 PM EST
Jan 9, 2021; Morgantown, West Virginia, USA; Texas Longhorns guard Andrew Jones (1) celebrates with teammates after making the go ahead three pointer late in the second half against the West Virginia Mountaineers at WVU Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports


NCAA Basketball will see a massive rivalry clash between two ranked teams when the #5 Texas Longhorns go up against the #24 Oklahoma Sooners. Both teams need a win here to establish their positions in the Conference.

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The Longhorns are ranked fifth in the nation with a record of 11-2. However, they did lose to a team they should have beat in the Texas Tech Red Raiders. Their other loss came against the Villanova Wildcats.

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The Sooners have had a slow climb all the way to #24 on the AP Top 25 Poll. They are currently 9-4 on the season but are coming off a massive win over the Kansas Jayhawks. They have also had big wins against the West Virginia Mountaineers and Kansas State.

Both teams need a win, but only one can come away with it. So which one of them will it be?

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The Sooners are on a three-game winning streak and will be looking to stretch it to four. They are quite an adept offensive team, averaging almost 78 points this season. However, they are shooting well-below 40% from three this season. This game may just be one where the shots hopefully fall for the Sooners.

Jan 2, 2021; Lawrence, Kansas, USA; Texas Longhorns guard Courtney Ramey (3) talks to guard Donovan Williams (10) during the second half against the Kansas Jayhawks at Allen Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Texas have won 7 of their last 8. However, they aren’t as offensively gifted as the Sooners. But they do have massive impact players like Greg Brown who can change the game based on their play alone.

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The Longhorns are expected to start Jericho Sims, Andrew Jones, Courtney Ramey as their guards, while Matt Coleman III and Greg Brown will play as their forwards. The Sooners will start the game with Austin Reaves, Alondes Williams, De’Vion Harmon, Brady Manek, and Kur Kuath.

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For our prediction, we will be going with the Longhorns. They have proven to be one of the best teams in the country this season. While they have been prone to falling to the occasional upset, they will look to power through this one.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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