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Oklahoma Sooners MBB Hosts SWOSU In Exhibition Matchup

Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports

The Oklahoma Sooners finish off their preseason schedule with SWOSU coming to the historic McCasland Field House. Off to a great start, Jordan Woodard and the rest of the gang hope to tighten down on defense while team chemistry progresses.

Currently the Sooners hold a 9-0 record over the Division II school. During the 1916-1917 season, the last time these two programs met on the hardwood, Bennie Owen held the title of head coach. If the name sounds familiar, it is because Oklahoma's football field is named after the man.

What You Should Know About SWOSU

  • Bob Battisti has plenty of experience at the helm of a basketball program. However, the 2014-15 season marks his second year at SWOSU. During his inaugural year, Battisti compiled a 17-10 overall record after being picked to finish 9th in the conference in the preseason. Instead, the coached took the bull by the horns and finished second. Now Battisti looks to build upon the successes from last year with transfers leading the way.
  • Returning starters Kenyan Borders and Trent Washington, both seniors, play in the backcourt with a combined scoring output of 19 points each time they step on the floor. But, the most shocking discovery may be that it's JUCO transfers leading the way. Martell Collins averaged 13.5 points per game through two exhibition match-ups this season. The other transfer, Ayo ojo ranks second in team scoring at 10 points per contest.
  • The unexpected finish and rise in talent down in Weatherford has other conference coaches on alert. Please, don't take that to mean this group is ready to down a Division I opponent. After beating Mid-America 93-73, the Bulldogs lost to Tulsa 74-50
If you're looking to get a glimpse of the Sooners before the onset of the season, the game tips off at 7 PM. Tickets are $5 for anyone close to Norman while students (with valid ID) are free. Let's pack the place out!