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Kansas Jayhawks At Oklahoma Sooners | Rematch Central: Offensive Power, A Defensive Blueprint, & A Homer Prediction

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The Oklahoma Sooners are coming off last minute win over the Texas Longhorns in front of a home crowd. In one of the most anticipated games of the season, OU now hosts the Kansas Jayhawks. During the meeting in Lawrence, the Sooners pushed the Jayhawks to the brink before falling in triple overtime. Which squad will take control of their own fate on Saturday?

Offensive Prowess

Led by Buddy Hield's 25.7 points per game, the Sooners shoot a nation leading 45.1% from behind the arc. Pouring in 84.1 points each night, Oklahoma remains a tough team to contend with on the offensive side of the court. If there's one program who can, it's Kansas. Currently, the Jayhawks averages 83 points each outing. However, KU shoots the three ball to the tune of 42.2%, a number ranked third in the nation. Of course, Perry Ellis leads the Jayhawks behind a 16.9 point average.

Defensive Blueprint?

Over the past several weeks, teams have attempted to slow down both offenses. Only one team proved worthy of stopping a three point barrage from Oklahoma. That team? The Kansas State Wildcats. Constantly forcing shooters off the three point line while nearly shutting down Hield, the Wildcats secured a win. Over their past three conference games, the Jayhawks have showcased a top notch defense allowing a mere 60 points to opposing offenses. Bill Self will likely take a few cues from K-State deploying Frank Mason III the contain Buddy. If that's the case, Isaiah Cousins and Jordan Woodard may need to carry the load.

A Homer Prediction

After a triple overtime game in Lawrence, tickets sold out quickly for the rematch in Norman. Expecting a sell out crowd, many hope for another game of the ages. I am also included in that faction. My prediction is that this game once again heads to overtime. Yet, it is the Sooners who come out victorious behind a two point victory 92-90.