The Cowboys (13-13, 3-10 Big 12), who need to win the Big 12 Tournament to go dancing in March, dropped the first Bedlam game this season to the Sooners (16-10, 6-7), 82-69 on Feb. 1 in Norman.
Each game from this point on for OSU is about prepping for next season, when Cade and Co. (trademark pending) arrive in Stillwater to
definitely hopefully change the trajectory of Cowboy basketball for years to come.
Who: Oklahoma (16-10, 6-7)
Where: Gallagher-Iba Arena | Stillwater, Oklahoma
When: 3 p.m. | Saturday, Feb. 22
Live stats: okstate.statbroadcast.com
Favorite: OSU 56.4%
Series record (since 1991): Sooners lead 35-30
Previous Result: 82-69 OU
No. 13 Isaac Likekele
No. 21 Lindy Waters III
No. 1 Jonathan Laurent
No. 12 Cam McGriff
No. 14 Yor Anei
No. 15 Alondes Williams
No. 24 Jamal Bieniemy
No. 12 Austin Reaves
No. 21 Kristian Doolittle
No. 35 Brady Manek
Last time the Bedlam rivals tipped off, Brady Manek lit the Cowboys up for 22 first-half points, helping the Sooners to a 13-point first-half lead which they never relinquished. He out-shot the Pokes from deep (7-of-13 vs. 6-of-19) and finished with 30 points. Austin Reaves also played a big role, scoring 21 points, and had seven rebounds and six assists.
OSU got jumped on pretty early in the game, and never recovered once OU built a double-digit lead. Dziagwa and McGriff each played fairly well, scoring 15 points apiece. Likekele had 10 points and six assists, but committed five turnovers. Anei had an inefficient shooting performance (3-of-13) and four fouls in 27 minutes.
For the Cowboys to secure the victory, they must make sure Manek is accounted for, especially when he’s out near the 3-point line. The Sooners play a small lineup, and while that can be advantageous offensively (more shooters), the Pokes should be able to punish them inside (looking at you, Mr. Anei).
If they can limit good looks from deep and win the rebounding battle, the Cowboys might just steal one in Bedlam against a team that has played fairly well this season and finds themselves fifth in a yet another brutal Big 12 conference season.
What will be the result this weekend in Stillwater?
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