(13) Oklahoma (21-6) at Texas (19-8)

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  • Game info: 9:00 pm EST Mon Feb 28, 2005
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Oklahoma still has a shot at the Big 12 title.

Texas is out of contention, but would enjoy nothing better than putting a dent in those hopes.

The 20th-ranked Sooners try for a fifth straight win when they take on the Longhorns on Monday at The Erwin Center.

Oklahoma (21-6, 10-4) is in a second-place tie with No. 8 Oklahoma State, one game behind No. 7 Kansas. Texas (19-8, 8-6) is in fifth place.

The Sooners wrapped up their home schedule on Saturday by routing Baylor 103-60. Jaison Williams had 15 points and 10 assists and fellow senior Johnnie Gilbert added 13 points in their final game at the Lloyd Noble Center.

“Our guys have got a lot of energy going right now,” Gilbert said. “The thing right now is we’ve got to keep this going for the rest of the season. And I think we’re starting to grasp that.”

Williams made 5-of-9 3-pointers as part of Oklahoma’s 11-of-19 effort from the beyond the arc against Baylor’s zone defense.

Oklahoma coach Kelvin Sampson credited the development of guards Terrell Everett and David Godbold to help the Sooners against the zone.

“Having Terrell and David on the wings really helps us,” Sampson said. “They have developed so much throughout the year. Both of the guys can create and we have other guys on the wings who can knock down 3s.”

Everett is averaging 16 points during the Sooners’ winning streak and Godbold is chipping in with 10.5 points in the same span since the pair replaced Lawrence McKenzie and Drew Lavender in the starting lineup on Feb. 16.

Although the Sooners are playing well, power forward Kevin Bookout—who averages 11.9 points and 6.7 boards in Big 12 play—remains in a slump. Bookout is averaging only 6.9 points and 4.4 rebounds over his last eight games.

Texas won for the fourth time in five games with a 63-51 victory over Missouri on Saturday. The Longhorns have split 10 games since learning on Jan. 20 that power forward P.J. Tucker—who averages 13.7 points—would be lost for the season due to academic problems.

Jason Klotz had 15 points and 10 rebounds as Texas took control in the second half by making 12-of-17 shots. Klotz scored six straight points in a key 13-0 run after the break.

“He was unbelievable in the second half,” Texas guard Daniel Gibson said. “I told the guys ‘Let’s just get the ball to Jason and feed off him.”’

Brad Buckman was limited to four points in 19 foul-plagued minutes for Texas. It was a rare poor performance for Buckman, who has helped pick up the slack in Tucker’s absence by averaging 17.3 points and 12.4 rebounds in his last seven games.

Texas, 14-1 at home, appears to be in good shape for a seventh straight trip to the NCAA tournament. The Longhorns are one game behind fourth-place Texas Tech and the top four teams gain a first-round bye in the Big 12 tournament.

Oklahoma ended a five-game skid against Texas with a 64-60 win on Jan. 22. Bookout had 18 points and 13 rebounds, and Everett had nine assists.

Gibson scored 18 points to lead Texas, which was playing its first game without Tucker. The Longhorns were outrebounded 42-33.

Texas posted a 66-37 win in last year’s meeting at the Erwin Center for its largest margin of victory in the 64-game series.

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