Which three Oklahoma hoops players since the turn of the century are the least likable for any fan of the Texas basketball program?
When any Longhorns fan thinks about what they love to hate about the Oklahoma Sooners in any regard, it doesn’t usually involve the hoops program. But there are a number of foes of the Texas basketball program for Oklahoma over the course of the last 20 years that were a real thorn in their side. Texas men’s hoops has produced it’s fair share of NBA-caliber talent in the last two decades, as have the Sooners.
But the Longhorns should definitely hold the edge in the discussion of which of these two programs has produced the higher caliber NBA talent since the turn of the century. Texas has produced NBA studs such as Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant, San Antonio Spurs power forward LaMarcus Aldridge, Cleveland Cavaliers big man Tristan Thompson, Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner, Nets center Jarrett Allen, and Houston Rockets wing P.J. Tucker, among quite a few others.
The problem for the Longhorns on the hardwood hasn’t necessarily been the caliber of talented players that they’ve sent to the NBA, but the success in the postseason and the win column under the likes of current head coach Shaka Smart and former head coach (now with the Tennessee Volunteers program) Rick Barnes.
Nonetheless, the Red River Rivalry still lives on twice per season on the hardwood. And we’ve received some true classics out of Red River hoops, including guard Matt Coleman’s game-winning buzzer beater to beat Oklahoma last season.
Looking back on the Red River Rivalry in men’s hoops of years past, which Sooners players are the easiest to hate for Longhorns fans? Here, let’s take a deeper look at three from the last two decades.