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Oklahoma Sooners Basketball vs. Minnesota: Preview, thread & how to watch

Dozens of Sooner fans will be watching this game.

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This evening, the Oklahoma Sooners will play on another conference’s network during OU football game. You’re not going to watch this game, but I’m giving you a very brief preview and some viewing info all the same.

Oklahoma (1-0) vs. Minnesota (1-0): 7 p.m. at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D.

TV: Big Ten Network

Commentary: Chad McKee, Bryndon Manzer and Jessica Coody

Live Stream: If the Big Ten Network is part of your cable plan, you can stream the game on FoxSportsGo. I am DEFINITELY NOT encouraging you to use a friend’s cable credentials to do this...

Radio: Sooner Radio Network (Moved to KOKC 1520 AM and 95.3 FM in Oklahoma City and The Buzz 1300 AM in Tulsa.), TuneIn App), Tom Dome and Kevin Henry announcing

Line: Oklahoma -4.5 (as of 11:50 a.m. CT)

About Minnesota

  • In their first game of the season, the Golden Gophers topped Cleveland State by a score of 85-50. Marcus Carr (18 points, 5/13 shooting), Payton Willis (17, 6/9) and Daniel Oturo (16, 7/8) carried the scoring load in the opener.
  • In 2018-19, Richard Pitino’s squad made an appearance in the NCAA Tournament’s Round of 32, finishing the season with a record of 22-14 (9-11 Big Ten).
  • The Gophers currently rank 76th in KenPom’s ratings, with an adjusted offensive efficiency ranking of 80, an adjusted defensive efficiency ranking of 81 and an adjusted tempo ranking of 163.
  • Saturday is the ninth meeting between the Oklahoma and Minnesota. The all-time series is tied 4-4 with OU winning the most recent meeting, a 67-54 victory in Anchorage, Alaska in 2004.

Three Things

  • Doo returns: After missing the season-opening win over UTSA due to an NCAA suspension, senior forward Kristian Doolittle is back in the lineup for OU’s first game against a major conference opponent. As a junior, Doolittle averaged 11.3 points and 7.1 rebounds per game, but his productivity increased markedly down the stretch as he became the focal point of the half-court offense.
  • Hill out: Freshman forward Jalen Hill, who started in place of Doolittle in the opener, will miss Saturday’s game due to concussion protocol. With him out of the lineup, expect a good amount of minutes from another athletic freshman forward in Victor Iwuakor, who tallied seven points, six rebounds and a steal in 25 minutes of action this past Tuesday.
  • Newcomers: Freshman PG De’Vion Harmon scored 23 points on 8-13 shooting in his Sooner debut — the highest scoring output in an OU freshman debut since Alvan Adams scored 34 in the 1972 opener. Austin Reaves, who sat out last season due to transfer rules, scored 23 of his own, including 17 in the second half. Combining these two with returning starters Doolittle, Brady Manek and Jamal Bieniemy makes for an incredibly formidable offensive starting lineup.

Score Prediction: Oklahoma 82, Minnesota 76