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DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 12, 3 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Lloyd Noble Center (12,000) -- Norman, Oklahoma. Television: ESPN2. Home Record: OSU 8-1, OU 4-1. Away Record: OSU 0-2, OU 3-1. Neutral Record: OSU 3-0, OU 3-1. Conference Record: OSU 1-1, OU 1-0. Series Record: Oklahoma leads, 128-94.
GAME NOTES: The Bedlam series adds another chapter on Saturday afternoon, as the Oklahoma State Cowboys come calling on the Oklahoma Sooners.
Both teams are off to solid starts, with OSU sporting an 11-3 mark and OU a 10-3 ledger. Both have a win in Big 12 Conference action, but the Cowboys also have a loss, that coming at Kansas State last Saturday, 73-67. This bout marks the first for the Sooners against a conference foe at home.
Oklahoma State has spent time in the Top-25 this season, as it won 10 of its first 11 games. A 69-68 loss at home to Gonzaga coupled with the setback at K- State meant the team was on a two-game losing streak, but it rebounded to blast Big 12 newcomer TCU on Wednesday, 63-45.
In addition to Oklahoma's three losses, the team has also logged a trio of three-game winning streaks, including the most recent run in which it has topped Ohio University (74-63), Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (72-42) and West Virginia (67-57), the latest being against another of the Big 12's two new teams for this season.
Oklahoma owns a 128-94 advantage in the all-time series with Oklahoma State, and the Sooners have won eight of the last 13 meetings. OU is 80-26 against OSU in Norman over the year, and the two teams managed to split a pair of encounters last season, with each winning of its home floor.
The Cowboys are getting it done at both ends of the court this season, as they average 70.8 ppg while allowing just 56.9 ppg. Opponents are shooting a meager 37.4 percent from the field, and the Pokes force close to 16 turnovers per outing. Oklahoma State boasts four double-digit scorers, led by Markel Brown and his 14.5 ppg. Marcus Smart (14.3 ppg) and Le'Bryan Nash (13.7 ppg) are within a point of grabbing the team lead, and the trio combine for almost 15 rebounds and 8.4 assists per tilt. Brown and Smart each hit for 14 points in the recent rout of TCU, while Nash was hot on their heels with 13 points. As a team, the Pokes shot 52.1 percent from the floor, but made only 2-of-8 3-point tries and committed an unsightly 24 turnovers. A whopping 40-17 rebounding advantage certainly helped matters, as did the fact that the Horned Frogs converted only 36.2 percent of their total shots and were guilty of 21 miscues themselves.
While not as potent at either end of the floor, the Sooners are still effective in that they net 67.8 ppg and permit just 61.0 ppg. Foes are shooting less than 40 percent from the field against them, which includes a sub-30 percent effort from beyond the arc. Favorable margins in both rebounding (+2.0) and turnovers (+2.3) exist, helping OU secure far more victories than losses to this point. The team has just a pair of double-digit scorers in the form of Romero Osby (13.2 ppg, 6.5 rpg) and Steven Pledger (11.5 ppg, 3.1 rpg), but a total of seven guys average at least 5.8 ppg, lending an air of balance to the overall effort. Osby scored 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds to help the Sooners erase a 12-point deficit and pick up their first conference win of the campaign at West Virginia last weekend. It was the second meeting of the year between the two teams, the first being a non-conference affair in the Old Spice Classic over the Thanksgiving holiday. Pledger was the only other OU player to reach double figures in the win, netting 12 points, Oklahoma turned the ball over only 10 times, and held its host to 30.0 percent field goal efficiency.
Records, streaks and just about everything else gets thrown out the window whenever these two teams get together. Expect a competitive game with plenty of big possessions, and while the Sooners have the home court advantage, the Cowboys will do just enough to come out victorious.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Oklahoma State 68, Oklahoma 64
01/12 10:35:07 ET
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