The 8-1 Oklahoma Sooners are heading up the turnpike to face USC at the BOK Center tomorrow night. Coming off back-to-back losses the Trojans (5-4) are looking to get on track against OU.
Powered by Trae Young’s 29 points, the Sooners edged USC 85-83 in L.A. last season. The Trojans have their own freshman NBA prodigy this season in guard Kevin Porter Jr. and they’re hoping he’s the catalyst to success in a revenge game.
HS: As an outsider, what is your initial impression with Oklahoma Basketball?
ML: I think OU Hoops is off to a great start. While they lost Trey Young to the NBA, its like they’re still playing some good basketball moving forward. This will be a tough game for USC.
HS: The Trojans nearly took #5 Nevada to the wire but struggled pretty heavily against TCU. What were the primary differences in those two performances?
ML: USC has struggled from the field in games which puts them in bad stretches during games. They also don’t have a set go to scorer in those last two games. Kevin Porter Jr’s missing those games forces someone else to step up. The Trojans look like a team that’s feeling the effects of losing Metu and McLaughlin.
HS: Give us two or three names that Oklahoma fans should be aware of and why.
ML: Kevin Porter Jr– If healthy this kid is one of the best freshmen in the nation. He’s already living up to the hype from this past summer. He can get to the basket and has great athleticism. Without a doubt one of the best
Nick Rakocevic– He’s averaging a double double and has been outstanding for USC on both sides of the court. He tends to have an issue being in foul trouble but he’s doing what he can to fill a void that Metu left.
Bennie Boatwright– A stretch 4 that can rebound and shoot from the perimeter. Coming back from a season ending injury that requires surgery and could be drafted in the late first/early second round of the NBA Draft. Also one of the leading scorers the past two seasons at USC.
HS: The strength of this USC basketball team is…?
ML: Their athleticism and ability to make plays on fast breaks. Also a good rebounding team when they ACTUALLY rebound.
HS: USC wins this game if…
ML: If they can hit a groove in the half court and hit their shots then USC can win this game. It boils down to the talent on the floor actually executing and playing ball.