While its Big 12 regular-season title hopes have been all but dashed, Texas can still come out on top in the four-team race for the second seed in the Big 12 tournament.
It must figure out how to win on the road to bounce Oklahoma from that discussion.The No. 24 Longhorns look to avoid a fourth consecutive road defeat Saturday while denying the Sooners their first season regular-season sweep of the Red River Rivalry in nine years.Following losses at then-No. 17 Iowa State and then-No. 8 Kansas, the Longhorns (21-7, 10-5) got back on track with a 74-69 home win over Baylor on Wednesday.After shooting just 33.6 percent while allowing 85.0 points and a 50.4 field-goal percentage in the consecutive road losses, Texas made 47.5 percent of its shots while limiting the Bears to 36.1 percent shooting."As much progress as we've had this year, we can let it get away from us really quick," said forward Jonathan Holmes, who scored 14 -- including eight straight in a key second-half stretch as Texas nearly blew an 18-point lead.Trailing Kansas by three games with three to play, the Longhorns still have a slim chance to earn a share of the Big 12 crown. They're tied with the Cyclones for second place, while the Sooners and Kansas State are a game back.The top two seeds will get to play the winner of matchups between the bottom four teams in the tourney quarterfinals.Cameron Ridley hopes to be playing his best in the final stretch after finishing with 20 points and 10 rebounds Wednesday. The sophomore center also made a big defensive play with a block in the final minute.Javan Felix stepped up with 21 points on a career-high seven 3s, though he's scored just 9.7 per game on 25.6 percent shooting during the team's three-game road skid.The Longhorns have averaged just 61.5 points on 32.8 percent shooting in their last four on the road. They'll try to reverse that trend while facing an Oklahoma team that has given up a league-high 77.0 points per game.Oklahoma (20-8, 9-6) finished February with a 3-4 record after Cameron Clark finished with 18 points and Buddy Hield added 16 with three 3-pointers in an 83-75 loss at No. 5 Kansas on Monday."I think the main thing is we didn't take care of the ball in critical times," Clark said. "We've just got to learn from that."Hield, averaging a team-high 16.7 points, scored 22 with four 3s in an 88-85 win at Texas on Jan. 4. Now Oklahoma will go for its first regular-season sweep of the Longhorns since 2004-05.The Sooners trailed by seven points with less than eight minutes remaining in the first meeting before outscoring the Longhorns 27-17 the rest of the way to snap an eight-game losing streak at the Erwin Center.They made 13 of 28 from 3-point range in Austin, and rank 17th nationally with a 41.4 3-point percentage in home games.At 87.6 points per game, Oklahoma ranks sixth in the nation in scoring at home and is the only team in the conference with five players averaging in double figures overall.Although the Longhorns rank 11th nationally with a plus-7.4 rebounding margin, the Sooners finished with a 39-28 advantage on the glass in the January win.Oklahoma, however, will have to keep an eye on Felix after he put up a career-high 28 points.Since dropping 13 of 15 meetings, the Sooners have won two of the last three.