Oklahoma State (16-13, 7-8) at Texas Longhorns (25-5, 12-3)
Sunday, March 9, 2008 · 3:00 p.m. CT
Frank Erwin Center (16,550) · Austin, TX
Radio: 98.1 FM / 1300 AM (Austin)
A couple of brief points before I head down to the Erwin Center for the final home game of the year.
- It's Senior Day for JD Lewis and Ian Mooney. While neither will factor in this afternoon's outcome, the are both hard-working student-athletes and deserve our appreciation.
- #1 Seed on the line. This is very simple. If Texas wins, the Longhorns are the #1 seed in Kansas City, win a share of the Big XII title, and would play the 8/9 winner at 11:30 am on Friday. Should the 'Horns lose, they would be the #2 seed and play the 7/10 winner at 6 pm on Friday.
- NCAA tournament implications. To have any shot of grabbing a #1 seed, the Longhorns must win today. A W this afternoon plus at least two wins in the Big XII tourney would put the 'Horns in a great position for a #2 seed in the NCAA tourney. Should they win the tourney in Kansas City, the 'Horns would be at least a #2 and could be a #1 seed depending on how teams like Tennessee and UCLA finish.
- Keys to the Game. These are going to be the keys from here on out: stay out of foul trouble, get quality post play on offense, play solid team defense, and take smart shots. While OSU entered this week having won five in a row and harboring hopes of a remarkable season ending winning streak that could carry them to the NCAA tournament, they really played poorly at home against Oklahoma on Wednesday and now must earn the automatic bid to play in the NCAAs.
Ken Pomeroy predicts a 74-62 Texas victory and Vegas has the Longhorns as 11 point favorites. If Texas stays out of foul trouble, I have no trouble seeing an double digit victory.