Bedlam Part II Hoops Preview

NORMAN, Okla. — Sooners Illustrated breaks down OU's contest against the Oklahoma State Cowboys Wednesday evening at Lloyd Noble Center.

Overview:

The Sooners (13-13, 3-11 Big 12) have quickly slumped to a six-game losing streak and will attempt to snap it when they host Bedlam rival Oklahoma State at 7 p.m. Wednesday. They haven't triumphed since a Jan. 28 decision over Kansas State. In the meantime, the Cowboys have improved in recent weeks to 6-8 in the conference but still post just a 13-14 overall record.

Sooner Notes:

--OU leads the overall series 127-97, with a dominant 79-26 mark in Norman.

--The Sooners are still searching for the 14th win, which would tie their total from a year ago.

--They have held opponents to 37.9 percent field goal shooting in their three Big 12 wins, but allowed nearly 50 percent shooting in their 11 losses.

--Guard Steven Pledger and forwards Andrew Fitzgerald and Romero Osby account for 65 percent of OU's scoring in conference play (583 of 898).

--Pledger is averaging 20.8 points per game in OU's wins, but just 13.2 points in its losses.

Looking at the Cowboys:

--They are 10-3 at home but just 2-6 in true road games, including 1-6 in Big 12 away contests.

--OSU is shooting 42.8 percent from the field in conference play.

--Guard Keiton Page leads the team with 15.7 points per game and is shooting a team-best 35.2 percent from 3-point range.

--Forward Le'Bryan Nash ranks second on the team in scoring and fourth on the team in rebounding with 13.4 points per game and 4.9 boards per contest, respectively.

--Head coach Travis Ford is in his fourth year at Oklahoma State with a 78-51 record.

Projected Starters:

OU:

F Andrew Fitzgerald (6-8, 247, Jr., 12.7 ppg, 4.8 rpg)

F Romero Osby (6-8, 232, Jr., 12.2 ppg, 7.5 rpg)

G Sam Grooms (6-1, 203, Jr., 6.6 ppg, 6.1 apg)

G Steven Pledger (6-2, 205, Jr., 16.8 ppg, 4.1 rpg)

G Cameron Clark (6-6, 198, So., 8.2 ppg, 4.1 apg)

Oklahoma State:

F Le'Bryan Nash (6-7, 230, Fr., 13.4 ppg, 4.9 rpg)

F Michael Cobbins (6-8, 220, Fr., 5.6 ppg, 5.5 rpg)

G Brian Williams (6-5, 205, Fr., 8.1 ppg, 3.1 rpg)

G Keiton Page (5-9, 165, Sr., 15.7 ppg, 2.1 apg)

G Markel Brown (6-3, 190, So., 10.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg)

Sooners Illustrated's Take:

The streak has to end sometime, doesn't it? And home Bedlam contests have been good to OU, so there's fair reason to believe this could be it. Say sayonara to the six game skid because the Sooners will come ready to play and finally get over the hump. It's all about finishing for OU, who has appeared gassed out in a lot of second halves this year. It'll finally get it done and pull through. (Big 12 Prediction Record: 7-7)

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