Oklahoma Basketball Vs. Sam Houston | Storylines, How To Watch, Odds, & Predictions

Tip: 7:00 PM CT

Location: Lloyd Noble Center

Television: ESPN+

Notes & Storylines

  • The Sooners and Bearkats have faced each other five times and OU has won all five games.
  • OU earned the 89-53 victory over Oklahoma City in an exhibition contest at Lloyd Noble Center on Oct. 25. Four Sooners finished with double-figure points. Grant Sherfield scored a team-high 14 points and added four assists. Tanner Groves tallied a double-double, adding 12 points and a team-high 11 rebounds.
  • Oklahoma was picked to finish seventh in the Big 12 Preseason Poll.
  • The Sooners return 44.1% of their scoring, 52.9% rebounding and 38% assists from the 2021-22 team. Tanner Groves is Oklahoma’s top returning scorer (11.6 PPG) and Jalen Hill is the top returning rebounder (5.9).

Projected Starters

Sam Houston

G – Qua Grant

G – Javion May

G – Donte Powers

F – Tristan Ikpe

F – Kaosi Ezeagu


G – Grant Sherfield

G – C.J. Noland

F – Jacob Groves

F – Jalen Hill

F/C – Tanner Groves

The Last Meeting (December 17, 1998)

  • Oklahoma earned the 75-44 victory over Sam Houston and moved to 5-0 in the all-time series against the Bearkats behind double-doubles by Eduardo Najera and Ryan Humphrey.
  • Najera recorded a team-high 18 points and matched Humphrey with a team-best 13 rebounds. Oleg Reztsov poured in 15 points off the bench and Michael Johnson recorded a game-high four assists.
  • Oklahoma dominated the boards, outrebounding Sam Houston 57-39. The Sooners also recorded 13 steals on the night.

Scouting The Bearkats

  • The Bearkats were picked to finish eighth in the Western Athletic Conference coaches poll and sixth by the media.
  • Senior Javion May was selected to the Preseason Coaches’ All-WAC Second Team. May is one of three starters returning from the 2021-22 team. He was named to the 2022 WAC All-Defensive Team and averaged 5.7 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game.
  • Jaden Ray started 30 games last season and averaged 8.3 points per game. Tristan Ikpe started 32 games last season and adds 6.7 points and 5. 7 rebounds per game.

Odds & Predictions

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