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Oklahoma Sooners Basketball at Wichita State: Preview, thread and how to watch

The 8-1 Sooners have quite the test this afternoon as they face the Shockers in Downtown Wichita.

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Oklahoma Sooners (7-1) at Wichita State Shockers (8-1): 5 p.m. CT at Intrust Bank Arena (Wichita, Kan.)

TV: ESPN2

Commentary: Chuckie Kempf and Robbie Hummel

Live Stream: WatchESPN

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: Wichita State -5 (as of 4:20 p.m. CT)

About Wichita State

  • The Shockers, a balanced scoring team, are led in that department by 6’3” guard Erik Stevenson, who is averaging 13.4 points per game through nine contests. Backcourt mate Tyson Etienne is the team’s other double-figures scorer, as he averages 11.4 PPG of his own while connecting on 46.2 percent of his attempts from deep. Three other players — guard Jamarius Burton, center Jaime Echenique and forward Trey Wade — average 9.9, 9.6 and 9.6 PPG, respectively.
  • WSU’s only loss came at the hands of Bob Huggins’ West Virginia Mountaineers by a score of 75-63 in the Cancun Challenge. Due to the nature of WVU’s style of play, it’s hard to draw any hard conclusions from a result involving them (it’s often simply a matter of how the refs choose to call the game), and the Shockers have been superb in each of their other recent contests.
  • KenPom’s ratings have the Shockers at No. 37 nationally, as they sit at No. 105 in adjusted offensive efficiency and No. 10 in adjusted defensive efficiency.

Two Things

  • Homecoming for Austin Reaves: In 33 games and 11 starts as a Wichita State sophomore in 2017-18, Reaves averaged 8.1 PPG and connected on 42.5 percent of his three-point attempts. After sitting out one season after transferring to OU, the redshirt junior currently leads the Sooners in scoring average at 17.6 PPG, but he’ll be put to the test against his former team. Gregg Marshall’s Shockers are playing some of the best defense in the country at this particular point in time, as evidenced by their dominant 80-61 performance in Stillwater.
  • Kristian Doolittle looks to keep rolling: In Oklahoma’s comeback win at North Texas, the senior forward went off, scoring 28 points on 11/15 shooting to go along with seven rebounds and three assists. He also played every minute of the second half, going 7/8 from the field (3/3 from three) to score 18 of his points and capped it off with the game-winning shot. He currently sits at second on the team by averaging 16.0 PPG.

Prediction: Wichita State 78, Oklahoma 70