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NORMAN, Okla. — Sooners Illustrated breaks down OU's Bedlam contest against the Oklahoma State Cowboys Monday evening.


The Sooners (10-4, 0-2 Big 12) have hit a little rough patch, losers of three of their last four and in midst of their first losing streak of the season. They're coming off back-to-back conference losses to Missouri and Kansas, while the Cowboys are in a rough stretch of their own. Oklahoma State (8-7, 1-1 Big 12) has dropped five of its last seven since a 6-2 start. The latest was a 58-49 decision at Texas. So, both teams are looking to rebound and do so by getting a conference win against a bitter rival.

Sooner Notes:

--In their recent four game slump where they've won just one game, the Sooners have scored just 62.0 points per game. That's after they averaged 78.7 over the first 10 contests.

--After making 6.7 threes over the first 11 games, they have been held to just three total in the last three games.

--OU is a mediocre 3-3 so far away from Lloyd Noble Center this year.

--Rebounding was a concern heading into the season, but the Sooners rank among the nation's tops in a number of categories, including 12th in offensive boards per contest (15.4).

--The Sooners have taken advantage of free throw shooting in their first two conference outings, shooting 10 more free throws than their opponents and converting 78.9 percent of them.

Looking at the Cowboys:

--They are 6-1 at home, with that lone loss coming to Virginia Tech in a 67-61 decision back in early December.

--Guard Keiton Page leads the team with 14.1 points per game and 37.4 percent from 3-point range.

--Forward Le'Bryan Nash adds 12.3 points per game to complement Page in the scoring column.

--Guard Jean-Paul Olukemi suffered a season-ending knee injury in that game against Virginia Tech. He managed 9.4 points and 4.8 rebounds per game before sustaining that injury.

--Head coach Travis Ford is in his fourth year at Oklahoma State with a 73-44 overall record.

Projected Starters:


F Andrew Fitzgerald (6-8, 247, Jr., 12.6 ppg, 5.5 rpg)

F Romero Osby (6-8, 232, Jr., 10.4 ppg, 8.4 rbg)

G Sam Grooms (6-1, 203, Jr., 6.8 ppg, 5.5 apg)

G Steven Pledger (6-2, 205, Jr., 17.8 ppg, 4.0 rpg)

G Cameron Clark (6-6, 198, So., 8.5 ppg, 3.6 rpg)

Oklahoma State:

F Le'Bryan Nash (6-7, 230, Fr., 12.3 ppg, 4.9 rpg)

F Michael Cobbins (6-8, 220, Fr., 4.3 ppg, 4.1 rpg)

C Philip Jurick (6-11, 270, Jr., 1.9 ppg, 5.8 rpg)

G Brian Williams (6-5, 205, Fr., 5.3 ppg, 2.7 apg)

G Keiton Page (5-9, 165, Sr., 14.1 ppg, 1.6 rpg)

Sooners Illustrated's Take:

Oklahoma State isn't incredibly talented, so for the first time in a couple weeks OU should not be outmatched out there. They have the personnel to go into Stillwater and emerge with a victory, and that's just what we expect to happen. OU needs this one to continue its chase towards the postseason, and that's a major reason it'll get it done. (Big 12 Prediction Record: 2-0)

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