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Friday preview: No. 4 Texas vs. No. 13 Oakland

SITE: Tulsa, Okla.

TIME: 12:15 p.m.

TV: CBS

ANNOUNCERS: Marv Albert play-by-play, Steve Kerr analyst

THE SPREAD: Texas by 10.5

RECORDS: Texas 27-7, Oakland 25-9

ENROLLMENTS: Texas 48,167; Oakland 18,920

THE BUZZ: Oakland is a trendy pick to pull the upset because of good 3-point shooting (37.9 percent from beyond the arc) and the presence of senior C Keith Benson (18.0 ppg, 10.1 rpg, 3.6 bpg). But the Golden Grizzlies don’t play good defense, which is a dangerous trait against Texas. You have to figure Texas swingman Jordan Hamilton has watched some tape and can’t wait to get onto the floor. In addition, Texas has some big-time perimeter defenders in Dogus Balbay and J’Covan Brown, and you can expect Longhorns coaches to rotate numerous defenders on Oakland PG Reggie Hamilton, the Golden Grizzlies’ second-leading scorer and main distributor. Texas freshman C Tristan Thompson leads the Big 12 in blocks and has some offensive skills, too. A key for Oakland is the play of redshirt freshman G Travis Bader, a long-range bomber deluxe (45.8 percent from 3-point range, on 201 attempts). If the game is close late, remember that Texas is poor from the line (64.5 percent).

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