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Oklahoma Sooners Basketball at Iowa State: Thread, Preview & How to Watch

After a big win at Texas, the Sooners will look to win at Hilton Coliseum for the first time since 2011.

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After winning at Texas for the first time since 2015, the Oklahoma Sooners face the Iowa St. Cyclones and will look to win at Hilton Coliseum for the first time since 2011.

Oklahoma (11-3, 2-0) at Iowa State (7-7, 0-2): 7 p.m. CT at Hilton Coliseum (Ames, Iowa)

TV: ESPN2

Commentary: Mark Neely 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: Iowa State -3.5 (as of 3:00 p.m. CT)

About Iowa State

  • The Cyclones have dropped their last three games, with the first loss of the skid coming at home at the hands of Florida A&M (No. 311 in KenPom ratings). Through two Big 12 games, Iowa State has suffered a defeat at TCU (81-79, OT) and at home to Kansas (79-53).
  • Iowa State currently sits at No. 92 in the NCAA NET Rankings. However, the Cyclones are No. 63 in Ken Pomeroy’s efficiency ratings, which are a better indicator of how tough it should be to defeat any given team. ISU ranks 31st in KenPom’s adjusted offensive efficiency and 115th in adjusted defensive efficiency.
  • The ‘Clones are led in scoring by the 6’5” Tyrese Halliburton, who is averaging 16.7 PPG while also dishing out 7.7 APG and connecting on 41 percent of his three-point attempts. Additionally, Halliburton leads the big 12 in steals per contest at 2.6.

Two Things

  • Very Early Bracketology: Coming into today, Oklahoma is slotted as a No. 10 seed by ESPN’s Joe Lunardi and a No. 6 seed by CBS’ Jerry Palm. It’s worth nothing that the Big 12’s perception is deservedly not quite as strong in 2020, so conference play isn’t going to give the Sooners’ strength of schedule as large of a boost as it has in years past. With that in mind, winning games against the bottom half will be seen as closer to a necessity than in previous seasons.
  • Dominant Doolittle: At this moment, senior forward Kristian Doolittle is the only DI player averaging at least 17 PPG, 9 RPG and 1.5 APG. After scoring 22 at Texas and now averaging 17.3 PPG, he’s also currently the second-leading scorer in the Big 12.

Prediction

Oklahoma 75, Iowa State 71