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Texas Longhorns basketball travels to Lubbock for Big 12 finale

The Texas Longhorns basketball team has a lot riding on today’s regular season finale against Texas Tech.

The Longhorns are tied with Oklahoma for second place in the Big 12. Iowa State and Kansas State are a game back. The Sooners hold the tie-breaker over Texas after sweeping the season series. A loss to the Red Raiders could drop Texas into a tie with the Cyclones and Wildcats.

Simply put, Texas (22-8, 11-6 Big 12) needs a win to avoid all the tie-breaker scenarios.

Texas beat the Red Raiders 67-64 in Austin in Jan. Cameron Ridley and Jonathan Holmes hit free throws late in the game to preserve the win.

Texas Tech (13-17, 5-12 Big 12) is currently riding a six-game losing streak. The Red Raiders have had some tough breaks during its slide. Tech lost to Kansas on a last-second putback. Kansas State sneaked past the Red Raiders by four thanks to some last-minute free throws.

Texas has not been very good on the road lately. The team has lost its last four games away from Austin, all by double-digits. Today would be a good day to snap that streak.

Holmes is a game-time decision today. He missed the TCU game with a sore right knee. Texas really needs its leader back healthy if it plans to make a run in the NCAA tournament.

In Holmes’ place, Ridley has stepped up his game. In the last three games, he has posted a double-double. The sophomore is averaging 17 points and 11 rebounds during this stretch.

Longhorn guards have been a different story. Javan Felix scored three points on 1-10 shooting versus TCU. This was on the heels of a two-point night against Oklahoma. Demarcus Holland and Martez Walker combined to shoot 4-12 versus TCU. Texas needs its perimeter shooters to find their grove again before the Big 12 tournament.

Game time is 3:00 PM CT and will be televised on ESPN.

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