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Oklahoma Basketball vs. West Virginia | Here’s What You’ll Want To Know

M. Hofeld

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Date: February 8, 2020

Tip: 1:00 pm

Location:  Lloyd Noble Center

TV: ESPNU

The Sooners are back home with the opportunity to pick up a marquee win against #13 West Virginia. While the Mountaineers are 18-4 on the season, it is important to note that they are just 1-3 on the road against conference opponents this season.

Here’s what you’ll want to know about today’s game.

Series History

Oklahoma is 10-9 lead in the all-time series with West Virginia. However, the Mountaineers have won five of the last six matchups.

The Sooners are 5-2 when facing the Mountaineers in Norman, including last year’s matchup.

Making Himself At Home

In his last two games at the Lloyd Noble Center, Brady Manek has combined for 61 points (31 vs. TCU; 30 vs. Oklahoma State) and a combined 14 3-pointers (career-high seven in both games). Manek is the Big 12’s leading scorer during conference play, scoring 16.7 points per game midway through the league’s schedule. He has scored at least 18 points in five of his last six games.

Manek is averaging 20.7 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.5 3-pointers in his last six games. During that stretch, he’s shooting 21-of-46 (45.7%%) from 3-point range.

Crashing The Boards

Kristian Doolittle is producing a team-high 10.4 rebounds over the last five games. On the season he’s nearly averaging a double-double with 14.1 and 9 rebounds per game.

The Three Amigos

Oklahoma boasts the top scoring trio in the Big 12 and one of the best in the country with Manek (16.0 points per game), guard Austin Reaves (14.6) and Doolittle (14.1). All three Sooners rank in the top 11 of the Big 12’s scoring race. Oklahoma and Arkansas are the only major-conference schools with three players averaging over 14 points.

Follow Theses Simple Steps To Success

The Sooners are 12-1 this season when they have a better field goal percentage than their opponents. Their only loss when owning a better field goal percentage was on the road at No. 1 Baylor. 

OU is 13-5 when holding its opponents to under 80 points.

Oklahoma is 8-1 when it outrebounds its opponent.

Free Points

OU leads the Big 12 in free throw percentage, making 76.3% of its shots from the foul stripe. The Sooners, who shot free throws at a 69.7% rate in 2018-19, rank 30th in the country in 2019-20.

Scouting Report

West Virginia is winning games this season by an average score of 73-61. They’re grabbing 41.5 rebounds (14th nationally) and recording 12.9 assists per game.

Forward Oscar Tshiebwe is shooting 61% from the floor and scoring a team-high 11.5 points per game, while also averaging 1.3 blocked shots. He’s one of two WVU players scoring in double figures with forward Derek Culver averaging 11.1 points.

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