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Oklahoma Sooners Basketball vs. Oregon at the PK80 Invitational: Preview & Game Thread

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Oklahoma will look to add a nice win to its early resume on Sunday.

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After bouncing back with a nice win against the Portland Pilots on Friday, the Oklahoma Sooners will look to end its trip to Portland on a high note as they face the Oregon Ducks at the PK80 Invitational in Portland.

Oklahoma (3-1) vs. Oregon (5-1): 12 p.m. CT

TV: ESPN2

Live Stream: WatchESPN

Crew: Doug Sherman, Dan Dakich and Myron Medcalf

Radio: Sooner Radio Network (KRXO 107.7 FM “The Franchise” in Oklahoma City; KTBZ 1430 AM in Tulsa)

About Oregon

  • Oregon’s campus is located 112 miles away Veterans Memorial Coliseum (10,407), which is where Sunday’s game will be played.
  • The Ducks are led by former long-time Oklahoma commitment Payton Pritchard. The point guard is averaging 15.5 points, 5.3 assists and 4.0 rebounds through six games, and four other players are averaging double-figures in scoring, as well.
  • Oregon’s only loss of the season thus far came against the UConn Huskies in the first round of the PK80 Invitational, 71-63. In the second round, the Ducks needed overtime to top the DePaul Blue Demons by a score of 89-79.
  • Oregon head coach Dana Altman was Lon Kruger’s assistant (1986-89) and eventual successor at Kansas State. Altman led the Ducks to an Elite Eight matchup against the Sooners in 2016 and a Final Four appearance in 2017.

3 Things

  • Three-point shooting - After shooting only 8-29 form deep against Arkansas, the Sooners made only 10 of 30 three-point attempts against the Portland Pilots. Oklahoma has talented shooters and has had open looks, so hopefully Sunday is the day in which they’ll start falling.
  • Khadeem Lattin - Lattin had arguably the best game of his collegiate career on Friday when he scored 19 points on 8-9 shooting and grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds. If he continues to do his job down low and take advantage of offensive opportunities that present themselves — and they will present themselves fairly often with Young’s distributing abilities — he could contend for All-Big 12 honors this year.
  • Payton Pritchard - Oregon has plenty of scoring options, but it all starts with Pritchard. In addition to being a very good distributor (5.3 APG), the talented sophomore has made over 47 percent of his three-point attempts through six games. If Oklahoma can find a way to get him out of his offensive comfort zone, it’ll go an awfully long way.

Prediction

Trae Young has scored 61 points in two game up in Portland. I don’t see him slowing down in that regard on Sunday, but he and his backcourt mates are going to have their hands full defensively.

This one is going to be really fun to watch and will likely come down to the wire. After struggling in crunch time against Arkansas, I think OU turns over a new leaf and makes a statement down the stretch.

Oklahoma 92, Oregon 89