With wins over Nichols State, Arkansas and Arizona the Oklahoma men's basketball team has won three in a row and will be looking to extend their streak to four tonight against the Centenary Gentlemen of the Summit Conference, the same conference Oral Roberts plays in.
Coming off of an 84-83 loss to UMKC on Saturday the Gentlemen have lost two of their last three games. With a 4-3 overall record and a 1-1 mark in the conference Centenary is currently tied for fourth in their conference.
The Gentlemen run a four guard lineup with sophomore David Perez leading the way with 22 points per game. He's an average shooter 44% from the floor and 33% from three point range. Where he's most dangerous is from the charity stripe where he sinks 94% of his shots.
Joining Perez as the only other player scoring in double figures is junior guard Roman Tubner (17 PPG). Still not a strong shooter, 45% from the floor and 21% from three point range, Tubner just gets the job done when it comes to scoring.
Senior forward Jerrald Bonham is Centenary's man on the glass averaging 5.6 boards and 8.7 points per game. He may have a struggle with Tiny Gallon though as he gives up 80 pounds to the Oklahoma freshman. As a team the Gents only shoot 45% from the floor and they are fairly string on the offensive glass grabbing 16 offensive rebounds per game. That's why this match up of Gallon vs. Bonham becomes so crucial because there will be lots of shots coming off the rim tonight.
Oklahoma should have the athletes to run over and around the Gentlemen but a victory is going to depend largely on two things. 1) Understanding their role on the team. This has been much improved over the last two games and needs to continue for the team to work as one cohesive unit. 2) Rebounds! Again, there are going to be a lot of boards to be scooped up tonight and the Sooners must be looking for second chance points and to limit Centenary's trips down the floor to just one shot.