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Oklahoma vs. Iowa State Preview and Game Thread (Pt. 2)

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The Sooners are trying to avoid a second seven-game losing streak.

NCAA Basketball: Iowa State at Oklahoma Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

This season has been more nightmarish than Sooner fans thought it could possibly be. With few glimpses of hope in this bleak season, any win for this wearied team would be monumental. Will we be happy again this season?

Ways to watch

This game takes place in a rowdy Ames, Iowa and will be in front of a nationally televised audience on ESPN2. Come here around 5:00 PM CT as the game starts to contribute in our comment section below.

Scouting Report

The Cyclones are sitting surprisingly well despite losing three of their last four games. The one win for the Cyclones came in the historic upending of the Kansas Jayhawks in Lawrence to end KU's prestigious home winning streak. However, two of these losses came against Vanderbilt and Texas. In other words, ISU is a bit of a wild card.

Defensively, Iowa State may be a nightmare for Oklahoma. OU has developed a habit of attacking the rim in the hopes of drawing a foul by throwing themselves into defenders. This is less likely to work against Iowa State since they are 16th in the country in personal fouls per game and 10th in the country in steals per game.

Iowa State doesn't have a fantastic shooting percentage on the year, yet they are among the elite with field goal attempts and field goals made per game. They are sixth in field goal attempts and 11th in field goals made per game, so limiting those will be instrumental to winning. Don't expect them to turn the ball over much either, considering they are eighth in the country for their assist-to-turnover ratio.

End the Streak

In this six-game losing escapade, four of these losses have been by less than 10 points. That can be infuriating or provide optimism. Whichever side you land on, we can all agree that it is time to end this misery. PLEASE WIN, LON.

During this streak, we have witnessed some great and truly awful basketball. It has taken the wind out of the sails of an already inconsistent fan base, allowing people to be embarrassed with the showing on the court as well as in the stands. This has been mostly due to relying on the young talent of this team. No true leader has emerged, despite Jordan Woodard still leading in points and assists per game.

The future of this team has been ripped to the present, creating a weird dynamic. We don't celebrate now, but we will reap the benefits of these harsh times!

Rematch

Oklahoma lost in historic fashion against Iowa State last time around. This loss was the commencement of the losing streak, and will be one not soon forgotten. Oklahoma rushed out to a 28-9 start against the Cyclones in Norman with just 7:54 to play in the half.

And then it happened.

Oklahoma mustered only one more point the whole first half, as Iowa State went on a 21-1 run to end the half to establish a lead. OU lost this one in double overtime by five points as Deonte Burton went off for 31 points.

This displays that Oklahoma is definitely not outmatched and could even lay on a substantial win against the Cyclones. However, a rowdy crowd will benefit ISU this evening.

Prediction

This freight train that commenced in Norman against the same team will come full circle in Ames. This won't be a blowout, but this Sooners team has proven over and over they are not at that next level yet. Iowa State will sweep Oklahoma.

Iowa State 78, Oklahoma 70

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