West Virginia (1-2) vs. Oklahoma (3-1)
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DATE & TIME: Sunday, November 25, 4:30 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex (5,000) -- Orlando,
Florida. Television: ESPNU. Home Record: WVU 0-0, Oklahoma 1-0. Away Record:
WVU 0-1, Oklahoma 1-0. Neutral Record: WVU 1-1, Oklahoma 1-1. Conference
Record: WVU 0-0, Oklahoma 0-0. Series Record: Series is tied, 1-1.
GAME NOTES: Members of the Big 12 Conference will meet to decide third place
in the Old Spice Classic on Sunday afternoon, as the West Virginia
Mountaineers go up against the Oklahoma Sooners.
A team in transition under head coach Bob Huggins, West Virginia has just one
win in its first three outings, an 87-44 victory over Marist in an earlier
round of this event. On Friday, the team was taken down by the Davidson
For the Sooners, the 2012-13 campaign began with three straight wins over ULM,
UT-Arlington and Texas-El Paso, but the squad's luck ran out two days ago when
it was thumped by 17th-ranked Gonzaga in a 72-47 final in this event.
As far as the all-time series is concerned, each school has one win over the
other, the most recent clash coming in 2007 just after Christmas when the
Sooners captured an 88-82 victory after a pair of overtime periods.
Today's game marks just the second time in Big 12 history that a pair of
member schools will meet during a regular-season non-conference affair, the
first time it happened was in the first year of the league (1996) between
Texas and Nebraska. The teams will meet two more times during this regular
season, next in Morgantown on Jan. 5 and then two months later on Oklahoma's
A cold streak by the Mountaineers at the end of the first half and the start
of the second buried the team to the point where they couldn't fully recover
against Davidson on Friday. During that stretch the team made good on just 1-
of-16 from the floor, allowing Davidson to eventually build an 11-point
advantage in the second half. Deniz Kilicli recorded a double-double for WVU
with his 10 points and game-high 11 rebounds, but he also turned the ball over
six times. Juwan Staten accounted for a team-best 15 points and four steals,
followed by Gary Browne with 11 points off the bench in the setback as the
team shot a mere 8-of-17 at the free-throw line and 4-of-13 beyond the arc.
For the first three games of the campaign, the Mountaineers are hitting three-
point tries at a 25.0 percent clip, their free-throws at only 62.5 percent,
which means they are leaving far too many points at the charity stripe. Aaric
Murray leads the group in scoring with 10.0 ppg, but he tallied just six
against Davidson before fouling out.
Oklahoma's offense hit a wall against the Bulldogs two days ago, the team
shooting only 7-of-27 from the floor in the first half, including 2-of-9
behind the three-point line, en route to the lopsided 25-point setback. The
team ended up shooting just 32.0 percent from the floor overall, which was
only slightly better than their 31.3 percent effort out on the perimeter.
Romero Osby was the top scorer for the Sooners with his 13 points, accounting
for more than half of those at the charity stripe where he missed only one of
his eight chances. Isaiah Cousin contributed 10 points thanks to 3-of-5 beyond
the arc. Oklahoma was easily handled on the glass, 51-24, and came up with a
mere five offensive rebounds. Despite the lopsided outcome on the glass versus
the Bulldogs, the Sooners are still leading the opposition in that department
overall on the season by two per game. Osby paces the group in scoring with
12.0 ppg and is also tops with eight rebounds per contest, while Steven
Pledger is responsible for 10.8 ppg thanks to his 11-of-27 (.407) effort on
Inconsistent play has doomed the Mountaineers twice already this season and
chances are it will happen again today as the team attempts to get out of
Florida on a positive note.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Oklahoma 65, West Virginia 60
11/25 10:53:10 ET
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