Oklahoma Sooners

Oklahoma Sooners Basketball Preview | USC Trojans

M. Hofeld


Oklahoma vs. USC

Tip: 8:00 PM (Central)

Location:  BOK Center (Tulsa, OK)


Same Old, Same Old 

The Sooners are off to their third 8-1 start in the last four seasons.


  • Christian James recorded the first two double-doubles of his career last week by recording 25 points and 10 rebounds against Notre Dame followed by 14 points with a career-high 13 boards against Wichita State. Those performances resulted in him being named Big 12 Player of the Week for the first time in his career. 
  • The Sooners are seventh in the nation in field goal percentage defense as its opponents are shooting 36.3 percent from the field.
  • Miles Reynolds leads the Big 12 in free throw percentage (91%). 

Series History

OU is 7-5 all-time against USC, most recently defeating the Trojans, 85-83, last season at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. The Sooners are 4-2 when facing the Trojans in Oklahoma.

Road Warriors

Saturday’s game against USC is Oklahoma’s tenth of the season and seventh away from Lloyd Nobel. Ten of OU’s first 13 games this season are being played outside of Norman. The Sooners have won five games on the road or on neutral sites. No other Big 12 team has more than three wins away from home.

Team Leaders 

Christian James is shooting 52% from the floor and leading the Sooners with an average of 19.2 points per game. Brady Manek is pacing Oklahoma in rebounding, grabbing 8.3 boards per game to go with his average of 9.7 points. 

Scouting The Trojans

Bennie Boatwright and Nick Rakocevic lead five Trojan players who average double figures in scoring. The duo is averaging 15 points per game each. Jonah Matthews (11.7 PPG), Kevin Porter Jr. (11.7 PPG) and Shaqqan Aaron (10.8 PPG) are all averaging in double figures as well. 

Rakocevic is also pulling down 11.2 rebounds per game to average a double-double. 

The Trojans are scoring an average of 78.3 points per game while allowing opponents to score an average of 74.4 points per game. 

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