In an important matchup of two teams that are on the right side of the NCAA tournament bubble but still not completely safe, Texas heads to Norman to take on Oklahoma on Saturday afternoon.
The game is scheduled to start at Noon ET and will be televised on ESPNU, but if you don’t have cable, you can watch a live stream of the game on your computer, phone or streaming device by signing up for one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services:
PlayStation Vue–which doesn’t require an actual PlayStation console to sign up or watch–offers four different live-TV channel packages: The upper three bundles all include ESPNU.
You can start a free 5-day trial right here (select “Start Streaming” in the upper-right corner), and you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the PS Vue website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, PlayStation (3 or 4), or other supported device via the PS Vue app.
If you can’t watch live, PlayStation Vue comes included with cloud DVR.
In addition to a Netflix-like on-demand streaming library, Hulu also offers a bundle of 50-plus live TV channels, including ESPNU.
You can sign up for “Hulu with Live TV” right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the Hulu website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Echo Show, or other streaming device via the Hulu app.
If you can’t watch live, “Hulu with Live TV” also comes with 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage (with the ability to upgrade to “Enhanced Cloud DVR,” which gives you 200 hours of DVR space and the ability to fast forward through commercials).
ESPNU is included in the “Sling Orange” plus “Sports Extra” channel bundle.
You can start a free seven-day trial right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the Sling TV website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, or other streaming device via the Sling TV app.
If you can’t watch live, you can get 50 hours of cloud DVR storage as an additional add-on.
Texas vs Oklahoma Preview
Presently, Texas and Oklahoma are both projected to land inside the Field of 64 come Selection Sunday. The Longhorns are pegged as a nine seed according to BracketMatrix, which combines dozens of different bracket projections into one, while the Sooners are a 10.
Still, neither is going to feel all that comfortable should they lose on Saturday.
Texas has a little bit more breathing room–they’re ahead of Oklahoma in the KenPom, Sagarin and NET rankings, and wins over Kansas and Baylor in the last month have been big, but they are still just 6-6 in their last 12 games and have a difficult stretch to end the year (at Baylor, home vs Iowa State, at Texas Tech, home vs TCU). If they lose on Saturday, it’s conceivable that they could be headed for an 8-10 record in Big 12 play, which should still be enough but won’t have them feeling confident.
Oklahoma, meanwhile, is in a tailspin that feels awfully familiar to last season. But even if they want to equal last year’s 8-10 Big 12 mark, they have some serious work to do–currently at 4-9 in the conference (with their only wins coming against TCU and Oklahoma State), they’ll need to beat Texas on Saturday and then win three of their last four. They should get one at home against West Virginia, but getting at least two against Iowa State (away), Kansas (home) and Kansas State (away) is a gargantuan task.
Maybe the bubble is weak enough for the Sooners to get into the tournament with six or seven Big 12 wins, but if they don’t win on Saturday, they could seriously be headed for a 5-13 conference record.
So, while this isn’t necessarily a must-win game for either team, it’s definitely a don’t-want-to-lose game.
Making matters worse for Texas, senior guard Kerwin Roach II, who leads the team at 15.0 points per game, will reportedly be suspended for this one after violating team rules.
During the first matchup between these two teams, a 75-72 win for Texas in Austin on January 19, Roach finished with a game-high 23 points to go with eight rebounds and two assists.
“We ask a lot of (Roach),” Texas coach Shaka Smart said after that one. “We ask him to guard the other team’s best offensive perimeter player. We ask him to score a lot and come off and create for other guys. He showed toughness, and that’s what you want from your senior guys.”
Roach’s absence will certainly be a big one. If the Longhorns are going to overcome that, they’ll likely need a big game from freshman Jaxson Hayes, a potential Top-10 pick in this year’s NBA draft. One of the best rebounders and shot-blockers in the country, Hayes was huge in Texas’ win over Oklahoma, piling up 15 points, six rebounds and five blocks.
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