The Oklahoma Sooners are riding a four game winning streak and currently sit second in the Big XII behind Kansas. With three wins in the last six games coming over top 12 programs, Lon Kruger will test his prowess once again against a ranked opponent on the road. This time the opponent is one OU already has a victory over in the Iowa St. Cyclones.
|Iowa St. Cyclones
Leading by as much as 13 in the second half, the Sooners efficient three-point shooting produced an upset. However, Oklahoma made their living off second chance points. Behind a stellar effort on the glass, OU held a 22-2 advantage in second chance points. This stat line alone helped Ryan Spangler and his teammates seal a victory in Norman.
On the other side of the equation sits a struggling Cyclones team. Being one of the last five undefeated teams, ISU has lost four of their last five games in conference play. While this Iowa St. team boasts three of the leagues top scorers in Melvin Ejim, DeAndre Kane, and Georges Niang, the weakness has been defense. Opponents are pouring in 78.7 points per game shoving Hoiberg's squad to the bottom of the pack.
As Oklahoma comes to Ames, the task doesn't get any easier. With resilience and tenacity, Buddy Hield and friends are 7-2 on the road. In one of the toughest conferences, that number proves to be impressive. Can the Sooners do it once again as they look climb higher into the rankings?
The stat line to watch continues to be rebounding. In all of the Sooners losses, they have been out-rebounded. Make no mistake, these are two teams that match up fairly well but a difference in physicality can be witnessed at the rim.