The Kansas St. Wildcats remain the only team on the season to come into Norman and walk away with a win. Hoping to return the favor, the Oklahoma Sooners travel to Manhattan tonight sporting a five game winning streak. Peaking toward the end of the regular season, Buddy Hield and the rest of the gang present a tough match-up. Can the Sooners even the score while securing another conference road win?
Where Is Buddy's Support Staff?
The last time these two teams squared off, Hield dropped 31 points in an overtime loss bringing up the notion that the junior guard cannot carry the load by himself. Coach Kruger will rely on a handful of others to put points on the board starting with Isaiah Cousins. Averaging 12.2 points per game, Cousins has the ability to take over if the need arises. Add in Ryan Spangler who is on an incredible run, and Oklahoma should have no problem finding scoring options. The real question is: who steps up with the opportunity presents itself in a revenge game?
Will Oklahoma Be Overpowered?
The Frank Martin era ended and with it, a sense of physicality. Not known for a physical style of play Bruce Weber's ball club punished the Sooners in the first outing on the boards. The effort took Oklahoma out of their comfort zone forcing them into more of a half-court offense. TaShawn Thomas plays a major role in tonight's game as Lon Kruger continuously calls for the front court to play more physically. Regardless, the Sooners must crash the boards as a team allowing them to get out in transition. Will Thomas answer the call placed upon him?
Can The Bench Provide Quality Minutes?
You heard it here at CCM that the coaching staff desires the bench players to contribute and earn the right to remain on the floor. For much of the season, that hasn't happened. However, on Saturday against Iowa St. Frank Booker entered the game sparking a run with a barrage of shots. The sophomore ended the game with 14 points as Oklahoma went on to win. Now that the standard has been set, who will follow suit?