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

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Brady Manek and Jalen Hill will be out today due to COVID-19 protocol.

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The Oklahoma Sooners won’t have to face the full wrath of Allen Fieldhouse in 2021, but they still are set to face yet another formidable opponent in the No. 6 Kansas Jayhawks. Unfortunately, OU will be without the services of Brady Manek and Jalen Hill in this one.

Oklahoma Sooners (6-3, 2-2 Big 12) at Kansas (9-2, 3-1 Big 12): 3:30 p.m. CT at Allen Fieldhouse (Lawrence, Kan.)

TV: CBS

Commentary: Spero Dedes and Bill Raftery

Live Stream: CBSSports

Radio: Sooner Sports Radio Network (KRXO 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: Kansas -6.5 (as of 3:00 p.m. CT)

About Kansas

  • Kansas currently sits at No. 12 in KenPom’s team efficiency ratings, coming in at No. 11 offensively and No. 12 defensively.
  • KU’s two losses have come to No. 1 Gonzaga and current No. 4 (then No. 8) Texas.
  • The Jayhawks are led in scoring and rebounding by 6’8” freshman forward Jalen Wilson, who is averaging 15.2 PPG and 7.8 RPG

One Big Thing

  • OU needs a lot of things to go right today, but we’re off to an inauspicious start. Sooners will not only be without senior Brady Manek, but also sophomore Jalen Hill, who likely would have taken a good chunk of Manek’s minutes. With this in mind, expect to see Kur Kuath and Victor Iwuakor starting down low against the stout front line of Wilson and the 6’10” David McCormack.

Prediction

Playing a game at Allen Fieldhouse without the crowd being a huge part of the equation seems like a blessing, but at the risk of sounding like Droopy the Dog, the Sooners are still facing Kansas. OU hasn’t won in Lawrence since 1993, and the absences of Manek and Hill all but ensure that the drought will continue.

Kansas 82, Oklahoma 68