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NORMAN, Okla. -- Sooners Illustrated breaks down the matchup between OU and Nebraska Wednesday night at Lloyd Noble Center.


For the second time this conference season, the Sooners (12-12, 4-6 Big 12) will try to snap a three-game Big 12 losing streak, although the first skid was actually longer and dated back to last season. Nevertheless, OU has a chance to end yet another losing streak, while attempting to separate itself from Nebraska and Oklahoma State in a three-way tie for eighth. The Cornhuskers (16-8, 4-6 Big 12) recently snapped a three-game skid of their own against OSU.

Sooner Notes:

--OU leads the all-time series 104-82 and has won a staggering 75 percent of the 80 contests played in Norman.

--The Sooners are 11-2 at home in 2010-11 and that has been a key mark in this series over the last few years, as the home squad has won the last six.

--Guard Steven Pledger's 38 points against Iowa State is tied with Kansas State guard Jacob Pullen's recent total against Kansas for the most in a conference game this season and second only to Baylor's Lacedarius Dunn 43 for the most points in a game this year by a Big 12 player. His scoring production is pivotal, and that's evidence of it.

--The Sooners have now accumulated 189 assists to 167 turnovers in 12 victories, a key facet of their success when winning.

Looking at the Cornhuskers:

--They are unranked and winless on the road this season with an 0-5 mark despite posting a 15-1 record at home.

--The ‘Huskers rank only eighth in the league at 43.2 percent shooting from the field but are third from charity at 76.5 percent.

--They are solid defensively, though, allowing the opposition to score just 67.2 points per contest, good for third in the Big 12.

--Guard Lance Jeter leads the team in both points and assists, with 11.1 and 4.5, respectively.

--Head coach Doc Sadler is 86-66 so far in his fifth year.

Projected Starters:


F Andrew Fitzgerald (6-8, 231, So., 13.6 ppg, 5.2 rpg)

G Steven Pledger (6-4, 212, So, 12.2 ppg. 2.0 apg)

G Carl Blair (6-2, 209, So., 7.7 ppg, 4.3 apg)

G Cameron Clark (6-6, 189, Fr., 9.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg)

G Cade Davis (6-5, 209, Sr., 12.3 ppg, 4.9 rpg)


C Jorge Brian Diaz (6-11, 245, So.,10.1 ppg, 4.4 rpg)

G Toney McCray (6-6, 210, Jr., 7.8 ppg. 4.3 rpg)

G Brandon Richardson (6-0, 190, Jr., 6.5 ppg, 2.2 rpg)

G Caleb Walker (6-4, 205, Jr., 6.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg)

G Lance Jeter (6-3, 225, Sr., 11.1 ppg, 4.5 apg)

Sooners Illustrated's Take:

The Sooners lost their first three conference games, two of the three of which were on the road, then they returned home and won their first conference game, part of a four-game winning streak. Again, they've lost three in a row, including two away from home, and again they'll rebound with a victory over the Nebraska Cornhuskers. OU will pull to within one game of .500 in the conference, while NU will fall below the Sooners in the Big 12 Conference standings.

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