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Oklahoma Sooners Basketball vs. No. 13 West Virginia: Preview, Thread & How to Watch

Oklahoma has a chance to pick up a major win for its resumé.

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After a close road loss at Texas Tech, the Oklahoma Sooners hope to pick up a major resumé-boosting win as the West Virginia Mountaineers come to Norman.

Oklahoma (14-8, 4-5) vs. No. 13 West Virginia (18-4, 6-3): 1 p.m. CT at the Lloyd Noble Center

TV: ESPNU

Commentary: Clay Matvick, Bryndon Manzer

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!

Line: West Virginia -2.5 (as of 10:55 a.m. CT)

About West Virginia

  • Entering Saturday, the Mountaineers sit at No. 10 in the NCAA Net Rankings (used as a tool for selecting the NCAA Tournament field) and No. 7 in Ken Pomeroy’s efficiency ratings. In the latter category, WVU ranks No. 40 in adjusted offensive efficiency and No. 2 in adjusted defensive efficiency.
  • West Virginia is an incredibly deep and balanced team, as no single player on the roster averages as many as 25 minutes or 12 points per game. The Mountaineers are led in scoring and rebounding by forward Oscar Tshiebwe (11.5 PPG, 9.1 RPG, 23.5 MPG) and in minutes by forward Derek Culver (11.1 PPG, 8.9 RPG, 24.5 MPG).
  • The Mountaineers have won four of their last five games, with the lone loss coming at Texas Tech by a score of 89-81. In the game preceding that stretch, however, the Mountaineers dropped a puzzing one to Kansas State in Manhattan by a score of 84-68.
  • WVU will reportedly be without guard Sean McNeil, who is averaging 5.0 PPG in 13.2 MPG.

Three Things

  • Early Bracketology: Entering Saturday, Oklahoma is slotted as a No. 11 seed (playing in the First Four in Dayton) by ESPN’s Joe Lunardi and currently sits at No. 58 in the NCAA Net Rankings. It goes without saying that a win over the No. 10 NET team would go a long way.
  • Manek Stays Hot: Over Oklahoma’s last six games, Brady Manek is shooting 56.6 percent from the field and 45.7 percent from three — and this is all with a 1/5 performance at Kansas State factored in. In OU’s most recent game at Texas Tech, Manek was the bright spot offensively, finishing 8/14 from the field for a team-high 19 points.
  • Doolittle In a Slump: After scoring double figures in 10 consecutive games (and 14 of his first 15 games), senior Kristian Doolittle has failed to reach that mark in OU’s last five contests. It’s been odd to see this season’s lone model of consistency just completely fall off offensively, but the Sooners obviously need him to snap out of it if they plan on playing in the Big Dance. While Doolittle is a decent mid-range shooter, he’s been electing to take those shots far too often in recent weeks, and it would be nice to see him get to the bucket and finish with more frequency.

Prediction

West Virginia 76, Oklahoma 70