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Updated: Tuesday, March 4, 2003 8:44 AM EST
NCAA BASKETBALL PREVIEW
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Nebraska (11-16) at No. 5 Oklahoma (20-5)
NEBRASKA CORNHUSKERS
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OKLAHOMA SOONERS
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NORMAN, Oklahoma (Ticker) -- Fifth-ranked Oklahoma should have little trouble extending its home winning streak to 37 games on Tuesday in Big 12 Conference action when it meets Nebraska.

Oklahoma (20-5, 11-3 Big 12) is tied with Texas for second place in the conference and needs to win its last two games and hope Kansas loses its finale for the Sooners to earn a share of the conference title. The Sooners host fourth-ranked Texas on Saturday.

Hollis Price scored 23 points and Ebi Ere added 12 as Oklahoma survived a late rally for a 69-64 victory on Saturday at Texas A&M. Price made 8-of-13 shots and drilled four 3-pointers as he bolstered his credentials for Big 12 Player of the Year honors.

Ere is second on the team with a 14.1 scoring average, but he has failed to reach double figures in six of his last 13 games. As a result, freshman De'Angelo Alexander is set to make his second straight start after scoring 11 points against A&M.

The Sooners can secure a first-round bye in the Big 12 tournament with a victory.

Oklahoma has won three straight and six of eight against Nebraska. The Sooners hammered the Cornhuskers last season, 78-51.

Nebraska (11-16, 3-11) is 0-9 on the road this season, including a loss at Division II opponent Alaska-Fairbanks. The Cornhuskers have won two straight, including a 69-63 victory over Iowa State on Saturday.

Nate Johnson scored 20 points and John Turek added 17 for Nebraska. The Cornhuskers had a season-high 49 rebounds.


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