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Oklahoma Sooners, Oklahoma State Cowboys

Basketball Preview | The Things You’ll Want To Know About Bedlam

M. Hofeld

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Oklahoma State at Oklahoma

Tip: 1:00 PM (Central)

Location: Lloyd Noble Center (Norman, OK)

TV: Fox Sports Southwest

With 2019’s first installment of Bedlam Basketball upon us, here’s what you’ll want to know.

The Bedlam Series

Oklahoma is 137-99 all-time against Oklahoma State but the Cowboys have won four of the last five games between the two rivals, including two of the three games last season.

Coming Up Short In The Openers

The Sooners lost their conference opener at Kansas on Wednesday night and the Cowboys dropped a home game to Iowa State. Both teams come into Bedlam looking for their first Big 12 win. Oklahoma has won seven of its last eight games while the Cowboys have dropped five of its last eight games.

Defense Makes The Difference

You don’t have to look very hard for the primary difference maker between last season’s Oklahoma team and this one. It’s in the defense. In the months of December and January, OU is holding its foes to 30-of-121 (.248) from 3-point range – the 15th lowest in the nation during that time.

Overall OU’s opponents are shooting 37.8 percent from the floor – the second lowest opponent field goal percentage in the conference and 12th nationally.

Undefeated

Oklahoma State’s Lindy Waters, a product of Norman North High School, is undefeated in games against Oklahoma in which he sees time on the court. When he has played the Cowboys own a 3-0 record against the Sooners. Waters is averaging 6.7 points and 4.0 rebounds on 47.1 percent shooting in Bedlam games.

Crashing The Boards

Oklahoma leads the nation in defensive rebounds (32.5) and is ninth in total boards per game (42.9).

Chasing The Greats

Oklahoma State’s Cameron McGriff has produced back-to-back double-doubles, which makes him the first Cowboy since Marcus Smart in 2014 to do so. The last OSU player to record three straight double-doubles was Desmond Mason in 1999-00.

Speaking Of Double-Doubles

Oklahoma is the only Big 12 team with more than one player recording at least four double-doubles this season. Christian James has done so five times and Brady Manek four.

Scouting The Cowboys

McGriff leads the Cowboys in scoring and rebounding, averaging 17.5 points and 8.2 rebounds on 46.7 percent shooting. Lindy Waters (11.5 PPG), Thomas Dziagwa (10.3 PPG), and Curtis Jones (10 PPG) round out Oklahoma State’s top scorers.

On average OSU is scoring 70.6 points per game with opponents averaging 69.4 points per game.

Scouting The Sooners

Christian James paces the Sooners in scoring and with 17.4 points per game. Brady Manek (11.2 PPG) and Miles Reynolds (10.6 PPG) finish off Oklahoma’s leading scorers. Manek leads OU in rebounding with 7.8 boards per game.

The Sooners are scoring an average of 75.5 points per game while allowing opponents an average of 66.4 points per game.

Get Them Their Shots

During his career, the Sooners are 18-5 when Brady Manek scores in double figures, and 11-1 when he scores at least 15 points, and 8-0 when he hits four or more 3-point shots.

Oklahoma State is 10-3 during Cameron McGriff’s career when he scores 14 points or more, including 5-2 in such games this season.

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