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Oklahoma Sooners Basketball vs. Maryland Eastern Shore: Preview, thread & how to watch

Maryland Eastern Shore is not good. There’s yuh preview.

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After getting a bit more than they bargained for against William & Mary, the Oklahoma Sooners will look to put together a complete game against lowly Maryland Eastern Shore.

Oklahoma (4-0) vs. Maryland Eastern Shore (0-5): 7:00 p.m. CT at the Lloyd Noble Center

TV: FSOK

Commentary: Chad McKee, Bryndon Manzer and Jessica Coody

Live Stream: FoxSportsGo

Radio: Sooner Radio Network (107.7 FM The Franchise in Oklahoma City; KTBZ 1430 AM in Tulsa; Tune In Radio App) with Toby Rowland and Kevin Henry announcing

Line: Oklahoma -33.5 (as of 4:40 p.m. CT)

About Maryland Eastern Shore

  • After playing four games against teams that could at the very least be described as ‘competent’, the Sooners are getting a bit a of breather before heading to Kansas City for the Hall of Fame Classic. Shore’s competition hasn’t been horrible, but the results have certainly fit that description, with an 85-55 loss to something called ‘Longwood’ standing out.
  • The Hawks currently sit at No. 348 in KenPom’s efficiency ratings, with an adjusted offensive efficiency ranking of No. 352 and a defensive efficiency ranking of No. 336. For context, there are 353 teams in NCAA DI basketball.
  • The team is led in scoring by freshman guard Da’Shawn Phillip, who is averaging 8.4 points per contest. Alright, we’re done talking about these guys. You get the picture. They’re not good.

Three Things

  • Looking for a complete performance: Through four games, Oklahoma has generally looked sluggish offensively in the first half before turning on the jets in the second half, with perhaps the lone exception being the Oregon State win. OU has shot 53.3 percent during the four second halves (47.5 percent from deep), and are outscoring opponents by an average of 11.8 points. The Sooners have only led one game at halftime (the aforementioned Oregon State game), but don’t expect this one to stay close. For the first time this season, you should see wire-to-wire domination.
  • Doolittle on a roll: After missing the first contest with an NCAA suspension, senior forward Kristian Doolittle is averaging 16 points, 11.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists and a steal in OU’s last three games. With Maryland Eastern Shore trotting out one of the smaller front courts OU will see all year, it’s reasonable to expect a big night out of Doo.
  • Hall of Fame Classic: Thursday’s game is a part of the Hall of Fame classic, with this contest as well as this past Monday’s being labeled as the ‘campus round’. OU will then head up to Kansas City for a Monday matchup with Stanford followed by a Tuesday clash with either Missouri or Butler.

Prediction

Oklahoma 95, Maryland Eastern Shore 51