With each year, the Oklahoma State Cowboys continue to trend downward on the basketball court. From a Final Four appearance in 2004 to three consecutive first round exits, the facts speak for themselves. Now, standing at 12-15 overall and 1-7 in true road contests, Travis Ford heads to Norman hoping to secure a road win over the Oklahoma Sooners in Bedlam 2.0 and he'll have a few things working in his favor.
Buddy Hield & Turnovers
The last time these two programs squared off, Buddy Hield was forced into numerous turnovers. Although the senior added 26 points to combat those ten turnovers, the performance was one many fans would like to forget about. After acknowledging a recent slump, Hield appeared to have bounced back against WVU. Pouring in 29 points, the guard connected on 5-of-11 three point attempts setting a new school record of 109 makes from beyond the arc in a single season. As Oklahoma leans on their star, he'll need to limit the turnovers against Oklahoma State this go around.
During Bedlam in Stillwater, freshman Jawun Evans showcased his potential behind a career high 42-point outing. Since that moment, the future star has been ruled out for the season due to a shoulder injury. He'll join Phil Forte on the sidelines providing emotional support for their teammates while waiting to return next season.
OSU faces a tough task inside of the Lloyd Noble Center knowing they'll be without their top shooting option in Forte and will not have their best point guard in Evans available. However, add to it the fact that the Cowboys have not won in Norman in twelve trips. Sure, the Sooners have been suspect as of late with the amount of minutes the starters play. But, can Coach Ford break the trend? Not likely as the only team to defeat Oklahoma this season has been the Kansas Jayhawks.