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Oklahoma Sooners Basketball vs. North Texas: Preview & Game Thread

Trae Young and the Oklahoma Sooners look to ride the momentum after a nice victory over Oregon.

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After dropping their tournament opener to the Arkansas Razorbacks out in Portland, the Oklahoma Sooners ended the PK80 Invitational with a flourish and will look to keep the momentum going against the North Texas Mean Green.

Oklahoma (4-1) vs. North Texas (4-3): 7 p.m. CT

TV: Fox Sports Oklahoma

Live Stream: Fox Sports Go

Crew: Chad McKee, Bryndon Manzer and Jessica Coody

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

About North Texas

  • North Texas is 4-3 on the young season with losses to Nebraska, UT Rio Grande Valley and Georgia Tech. They currently sit at No. 311 out of 351 D1 basketball programs in the KenPom rankings.
  • The Mean Green is led in scoring by Roosevelt Smart, who averages 17.1 PPG. The team has a balanced scoring attack, as four other players are also averaging double-figures.
  • OU is 4-1 all time against North Texas and has won the last four meetings. UNT’s lone win came in 1966.

3 Things

  • Trae Young’s ascent - Oklahoma’s freshman point guard has been named Big 12 Player of the Week twice in only three opportunities and has improved his scoring total in each of his five games. It’ll obviously be tough to top his 43-point performance against Oregon, but I wouldn’t put it past him. Young currently averages 28.2 PPG (2nd nationally) and 8.6 assists per game (3rd nationally).
  • Don’t forget Khadeem - Young is deservedly grabbing the headlines, but Oklahoma big man Khadeem Lattin is quietly off to a great start. The senior from Houston is averaging 12.4 points and 8.8 rebounds per contest and grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds last week against Portland.
  • Three-point shooting - Trae Young has been solid from beyond the arc, but the team as a whole is are still trying to come around. Oklahoma went 6-23, 10-30 and 8-29 from deep in its three games out in Portland, which comes out to just over 29 percent. This team will heat up eventually, and hopefully that happens tonight.

Prediction: Oklahoma 103, North Texas 65

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