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Oklahoma Sooners Basketball vs. Oklahoma State: Preview, Thread & How to Watch

Oklahoma will look to rebound from a wretched performance as it welcomes its Bedlam rival.

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After putting forth a wretched performance against Kansas State in Manhattan, the Oklahoma Sooners are looking to turning things around as the Oklahoma State Cowboys come to Norman.

Oklahoma (13-7, 3-4) vs. Oklahoma State (10-10, 0-7): 2 p.m. CT at the Lloyd Noble Center

TV: ABC

Commentary: Rich Hollenberg, Fran Fraschilla

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

Tickets: Fans can purchase them from our friends at StubHub. Find them here!

About Oklahoma State

  • Oklahoma State is currently No. 80 in KenPom’s team efficiency ratings, sitting at No. 164 in adjusted offensive efficiency and No. 50 in adjusted defensive efficiency.
  • The Cowboys have dropped 10 of their last 13 games overall, with the three wins coming against Texas A&M (1/25), SE Louisiana (12/29) and Houston (12/15). The third game on that list came on the road against the team that is currently No. 23 nationally by KenPom, and the Cowboys have proven to be competitive against quality competition on multiple occasions.
  • OSU is led in scoring by senior Lindy Waters, who is averaging 11.7 PPG. The Cowboys have two other players averaging double figures scoring, with point guard Isaac Likekele (11.5) and forward Cameron McGriff (10.3) joining Waters in the group.

One Big Thing

  • Offensive struggles: In their last three games, Oklahoma has shot just 36.4 percent from the field (which includes a good performance against TCU factored into the equation), and the Sooners were only able to muster up a field goal percentage of 35.3 percent in Wednesday’s 61-53 loss at K-State. Unfortunately, the source of the struggles can be traced back to Austin Reaves and Kristian Doolittle, who started the season with plenty of promise. In the seven games since OU’s Jan. 4 win over Kansas State, Reaves has shot 29.9 percent from the field and 13.9 percent from deep. Meanwhile, Doolittle, who was previously OU’s most consistent performer, has failed to reach double figures in three consecutive games and has shot 29 percent from the field during that span.

Prediction

As bad as Oklahoma has been offensively, Oklahoma State has demonstrated its own brand of ineptitude. In seven conference games, the Cowboys have finished with a field goal percentage below 30 percent on three occasions (Texas Tech, West Virginia, Kansas) while finishing at 30.2 percent in another game (TCU). Oklahoma’s defensive play has actually been a bright spot for the team, so a halfway-competent offensive showing should get the job done for the Sooners.

Oklahoma 78, Oklahoma State 66


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