OU-Coppin State: Report Card

SI grades out the Sooners in their 77-57 season opening victory.

Overall team performance: A-

After an exhibition victory that, quite frankly, looked pretty poor, the Sooners came out on opening night and posted an impressive performance. They only trailed twice--both of those deficits were in the first six minutes--and besides that they dictated this game for its entirety. OU was basically clean with the basketball, turning it over only 10 times in the contest and racking up 17 assists. And the Sooners shot well from the field, hitting 51 percent of their 49 shots. They also managed nine threes on 21 attempts. OU outrebounded the Eagles 36-33.

G Cade Davis: B-

He only shot the ball four times, but he also hit all six of his free throws for a total of eight points. So, even though he only put a handful of shots up, Davis was effective at the charity stripe as well as in other areas of the game like head coach Jeff Capel talked about, such as his leadership and telling people where they needed to be on the floor. That keeps him away from the C-line.

G Steven Pledger: A

For a good portion of the game until early in the second half, Pledger was the Sooners' leading scorer, and he finished with 13 on 4-for-11 shooting. But to look at just how good his performance was, check out his assist-turnover ratio, where he tossed six assists to only one giveaway. In 33 minutes of play, Pledger also picked up three rebounds and a block.

G Cameron Clark: A+

In his college debut, Clark only posted a double-double of 11 points and 11 boards. Factor in that he had a block, an assist and no turnovers, and that translates to a near perfect grade. Clark scored those 11 points on 4-for-8 shooting, including 3-for-4 from behind the arc.

F Andrew Fitzgerald: A

Fitzgerald led the team with 22 points on 8-for-13 from the field, and he also was 6-of-8 from the free throw line. But he wasn't quite as effective on the boards as the Sooners hope for, snatching only six in 32 minutes of action. Still, a very solid performance for OU's only returning post with game experience from last year.

F Nick Thompson: A-

He really settled in during the second half, getting involved in the OU offense not in the scoring column, but by distributing seven assists to only two turnovers. A number of those went from post-to-post to Fitzgerald. Thompson did score eight points on 2-for-3 shooting, and he brought down six boards.

Bench: B-

The Sooners went primarily with their starters plus guard Calvin Newell, with playing time sparingly mixed in for forwards Tyler Neal and Barry Honore. Newell had 13, and Neal added a bucket, but the Sooner bench was outscored 38-15 by the Eagles.

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