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Only Two Games Left Before Sooners Start Conference Play: Oklahoma/Rice Open Thread

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Tip Time: 2:00 CST
Location: Norman/Lloyd Noble Center
TV: KAUT 43/Cox 16 in Oklahoma City; KQCW 19/Cox 12 in Tulsa/ESPN Full Court
Radio: KRXO FM-107.7 in Oklahoma City; KTBZ AM-1430 in Tulsa; Sirius 119
Oklahoma has strung together three consecutive impressive performances now. You could actually say that this is a totally different team than the one that lost to Stephen F. Austin a month ago. Now Oklahoma sits on the cusp of the Top 25 with only two non-conference games remaining before Kansas State comes calling on the 12th.

The Rice Owls pale in comparison to Oklahoma's recent competition. With an unimpressive 3-9 record Rice has suffered double digit losses seven times and have lost by more than 20 four times.  They are led in scoring by forward Patrick Britton who contributes an average of 10.6 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. On the other side of the floor forward Paulius Packevicius nearly averages a double-double with 10 points and 9.9 rebounds per game.

Rice runs a three guard offense where Rodney Foster lead's the way with 9.2 points and 3.2 rebounds per game. Foster also leads the guards in assists per game with 2.5. Lawrence Ghoram contributes 6.6 points per game along with 3.6 rebounds but has averaged 19 points over the last three games. The final piece of the guard combination for Rice is freshman Bryan Beasley who scores 3.5 points and grabs 2.8 rebounds per game.

Oklahoma Projected Starters
F  23  Blake Griffin    6-10  243Fr.  13.5 ppg, 8.9 rpg
C 30 Longar Longar   6-11 234 Sr. 13.4 ppg, 6.5 rpg
G 5  Tony Crocker     6-6   193 So. 12.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg
G 15 David Godbold  6-5   221 Sr.    6.8 ppg, 3.4 rpg
G 20 Austin Johnson  6-3   165 Jr.    9.2 ppg, 3.1 rpg

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