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Bedlam Basketball: OU, OSU square off tonight in Norman
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OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma and Oklahoma State men’s basketball teams are two of the surprise teams in the Big 12 Conference this season. The seventh-ranked Sooners (11-1, 1-0 Big 12) hosts the Cowboys (10-3, 0-1) at 8 tonight (ESPNU) in the Lloyd Noble Center.

O-State is not ranked, but an upset over Oklahoma could move the Pokes into the top 25. OSU went toe-to-toe with then-No. 7 West Virginia before dropping an 85-79 decision last Saturday. The Cowboys' two other losses came at the hands of ranked teams—No. 6 Wichita State won by 12 and 16h-ranked Texas A&M by 17. WVU is currently sixth in the AP poll, the Shockers are ninth, and the Aggies are 11th.

The Pokes also stunned 19th-ranked Florida State in mid-December. The Seminoles have since dropped to 24th in the AP poll.

The Sooners lost their only game to Arkansas on Thanksgiving, and later scored upsets over three ranked teams all on the road—No. 24 USC (85-83), No. 3 Wichita State (91-83), and No. 8 TCU (90-89).

Not bad for the two state teams that were picked in the Big 12’s lower tier—Oklahoma predicted to come in sixth place this year, while the Cowboys were chosen to finish dead last.

OU has already matched last year’s win record, and a huge reason is the addition of freshman sensation Trae Young. The guard from Norman North leads the country in both scoring (29.6) and assists (10.7). Young was named the league’s Player of the Week for the fourth time last week.

Fellow backcourt mates Christian James, Kameron McGusty also have contributed to the Sooners’ success. James (13.1 ppg) is shooting 51.4 percent from the field, and McGusty (9.5 ppg) is shooting 34.1 percent from beyond the arc.

Senior forward Khadeem Lattin leads Oklahoma with 7.3 rebounds per outing and has blocked 23 shots. Freshman forward Brady Manek, last week’s Big 12 Newcomer of the Week, has added 10.5 points per game and shooting 50.5 percent from the field.

The Cowboys are seeking back-to-back wins in Norman for the first time since 1964 and 1965. They swept the Sooners last year, but OU has won 15 of the last 17 Bedlam battles in Norman. Forward Jeffrey Carroll leads the Pokes with 15.2 ppg. Forward Mitchell Soloman leads the team in rebounds (6.8 rpg), shooting (62.5%) and blocks (1.2 bpg). Sophomore guard Lindy Waters leads the Cowboys with 34.7 percent from 3-point range.

The Pokes are good at the charity stripe (No. 7 nationally) by hitting 78.9 percent of their free throws. Waters leads the team with 88.9 percent.

Oklahoma leads the nation with 94.7 points per game but ranks 318th in scoring defense by allowing 79.9 per outing. OSU ranks 82nd in scoring offense (79.4 ppg) and 75th in scoring defense (67.2 ppg).


*OU leads the series, 136-97; 84-27 in Norman.

*Overall, the Sooners own a 542-100 (.844) record in the LNC since the building opened in 1975.

*OU coach Lon Kruger’s record: 612-382 (.616) overall; at OU: 133-78 (.630); 79-19 at home; 9-4 vs. OSU.

*OSU coach Mike Boyton’s record: 10-3 (.769) overall; on the road; 0-0 vs. OU.

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