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Oklahoma Sooners Basketball vs. No. 9 West Virginia: Preview, Thread & How to Watch

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Oklahoma hosts a top-10 opponent at the LNC, and the road doesn’t get easier.

West Virginia v Oklahoma Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images

11 days after suffering a heartbreaking loss to Texas Tech, the Oklahoma Sooners are set to host yet another ranked opponent as the No. 9 West Virginia Mountaineers come into the LNC for a Big 12 showdown. This also represents the first of three consecutive top-10 opponents to open the new calendar year.

Oklahoma Sooners (5-2, 1-1 Big 12) vs. West Virginia (8-2, 1-1 Big 12): 3 p.m. CT at the Lloyd Noble Center

TV: ESPN2

Commentary: Ted Emrich and Bryndon Manzer

Live Stream: WatchESPN

Radio: Sooner Sports Radio Network (KRXO 107.7 FM The Franchise in Oklahoma City; KTBZ 1430 AM in Tulsa; Tune In Radio App) with Chad McKee and Kevin Henry announcing

Line: Oklahoma -1.5 (as of 2:00 p.m. CT)

About West Virginia

  • This likely won’t shock you, but the grinding mentality of Bob Huggins and West Virginia is very much present in 2020-21, with the Mountaineers ranking No. 13 nationally in adjusted defensive efficiency and No. 276 in adjusted tempo (both per KenPom). This team has also been efficient on the offensive end, sitting at 20th nationally in that regard.
  • The ‘Eers are led on offense by guard Miles McBride, who is averaging 14.8 PPG and 4.1 APG. The straw that stirs the drink, however, is big man Derek Culver, who is averaging 14.1 PPG and 9.9 RPG on the season.
  • West Virginia’s two losses on the season have come to No. 1 Gonzaga (Dec. 2) and No. 3 Kansas (Dec. 22). The Mountaineers’ wins include then-No. 19 Richmond, Iowa State and Georgetown.

One Big Thing

  • Brady Manek the X-factor: OU can’t succeed offensively when Manek has one of his off days. That was absolutely the case against Texas Tech, as he went 1/7 from the field and finished with two points. Throughout has career, the Sooners are rarely defeated when he’s at his most confident, so it will be incredibly important for him to have his mind right for this one. Hopefully the long layoff provided some help in this regard.

Prediction

OU bounces back for a 72-68 victory.