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Oklahoma Sooners, Oklahoma State Cowboys

Basketball Preview | The Things You’ll Want To Know About Bedlam 2.0

M. Hofeld

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Oklahoma at Oklahoma State

Tip: 8:00 PM (Central)

Location: Gallagher Iba Arena (Stillwater, OK)

TV: ESPNU

The Series

Oklahoma has a 138-99 all-time edge over the Pokes in the Bedlam Basketball Series. The Sooners are 11-6 in Bedlam games under Lon Kruger. The 11 wins against OSU are tied with TCU for the most against an opponent during the Kruger era.

The Cowboys have taken the last two matchups in Stillwater by a combined six points, including an 83-81 overtime win in last year’s meeting.

First Time For The Second Time

For the first time this season Oklahoma gets a second crack at a team. The Sooners beat the Cowboys 74-64 on January 5th and are now hunting for their first win in Stillwater since 2016.

Protecting The Ball

Oklahoma freshman Jamal Bieniemy earned the first start of his career on Saturday against Texas. The promising young man from Katy, Texas sank three shots from three-point range and finished the night with 11 points. More importantly, he never turned the ball over.

You have to go back to the TCU game, on January 12th, to find the last time Bieniemy turned the ball over. Since then he’s recorded 60 minutes of playing time without turning it over again.

Big Time In Back-To-Back Games

Oklahoma senior guard Christian James has hit the 20-point scoring mark in back-to-back games for the Sooners. He currently ranks fourth in the Big 12 in scoring with an average of 17.2 points per game and is also fifth in the conference in rebounding with 7.6 boards per game.

Under 70 And Over 30 Is The Goal

Oklahoma is 7-1 this season when holding opponents to 70 points or less. The Sooners are also 12-1 when they score at least 30 points in the first half.

Crashing The Boards

Oklahoma is fifth in the nation in defensive rebounding with 30.8 defensive boards per game. OU’s 41.3 total rebounds per game rank 11th in the country and first in the Big 12.

Scouting The Sooners

Sophomore forward Brady Manek joins James in leading the team in points per game, with an average of 11.1 every night. He’s also second to James in rebounding with 7.1 boards per game.

Senior guard Aaron Calixte is leading the way in assists with an average of three dimes per game.

On the season Oklahoma is averaging 73.6 points per game and giving up 67.6 points per game to opponents.

Deadlocked

Oklahoma and Oklahoma State have an equal 2-4 record in conference. Tonight’s Bedlam battle will continue one program’s Big 12 title hopes while most likely causing the other’s to come crashing down.

In Big Country Company

Oklahoma State’s Cameron McGriff is nearly averaging a double-double in conference play with 14.0 points and 9.7 rebounds per game. His rebounding is the most in conference by a Cowboy since Bryant Reeves (10.4) in 1994-95 and would be the 14th most in school history.

McGriff’s six total double-doubles are tied for the second most in the Big 12 and are the most by a Cowboy since Marshall Moses had eight in 2010-11.

Home Court Advantage

The Cowboys lead the series in Stillwater, 63-45, and have won the last two meetings in Gallagher Iba Arena. 

Scouting The Cowboys

Lindy Waters (11.8 PPG) and Thomas Dziagwa (10.2 PPG) join McGriff in double figure scoring. Waters is also second to McGriff in rebounding with an average of 4.9 boards per game.

With 2.8 assists per game, Waters also paces the Cowboys in dishing dimes.

On the season Oklahoma State is scoring 69.8 points per game while also allowing an equal average of 69.8 points per game to opponents.

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