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

Oklahoma opens Big 12 play against one of the best defensive teams in the country.

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The No. 11 Oklahoma Sooners (12-1) face a tough test to open Big 12 play as they welcome the Iowa State Cyclones (11-2) to Norman this Saturday.


How to Watch

Time & TV: Saturday, Jan. 6 at 5 p.m. CT on ESPN+

Commentary: Pete Sousa and King McClure

Live Stream: ESPN+

Line: Oklahoma -2.5 (as of Saturday at 2 p.m. CT)


About Iowa State

  • Iowa State is one of the best defensive teams in the nation, sitting at No. 4 in KenPom’s adjusted defensive efficiency rankings. The Cyclones average 12 steals per game, which is second nationally and leads all power conference programs.
  • The ‘Clones are led by sophomore guard Tamin Lipsey, who is averaging 15.5 PPG and converting on 42.9 percent of his three-point attempts. He also leads the team with 6.1 assists per game, 5.9 rebounds per game and 3.6 steals per game (No. 2 nationally).
  • In total, Iowa State has six players averaging at least 9 PPG. They are guard Keshon Gilbert (14.4 PPG), forward Milan Momcilovic (13.6 PPG), forward Tre King (10.6 PPG), guard Curtis Jones (9.9 PPG) and forward Robert Jones (9.4 PPG).

Prediction

In the past two seasons, Porter Moser’s teams have paid for an inability to win vital home games. Last year, OU started Big 12 play back-to-back one-score home losses to Texas and Iowa State. In the end, missing those opportunities prevented them from making a real run at an NCAA tournament berth. The Big 12 is a meat grinder of a basketball conference, and you have to take advantage of every opportunity — particularly at home.

Put today’s game into that category. A win today would help prove that Oklahoma has turned over a new leaf and would give them a major statement for the NCAA Tournament committee. The Cyclones are currently No. 9 in NET, so a win today would really pay off come March.

Prediction: Oklahoma 74, Iowa State 70