Full-court press: Northwestern State

Oklahoma looks to bounce back after early upset loss

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Northwestern State (2-1) at Oklahoma (1-1)

When: 2:02 p.m. CST TV/Radio: FS Oklahoma/107.7 FM (OKC); 1430 AM (Tulsa); Sirius 102; XM 199

A great start to the season for Hield

After pouring it in from behind the arc in the first game of the season and setting a school record, forward Buddy Hield showed a more well-rounded game against Creighton.

Granted the 3-pointer will always be a huge part of Hield’s game, but he’s taking the next step as a more diverse offensive player.

Through two games, Hield is averaging a conference-leading 23 points per game but also has seven rebounds per contest.

His defense is still lacking, but his mid-range game is improving.

Not much time to bounce back

Oklahoma gets just one game to recover from an upset loss to Creighton.

The Sooners will have to work out the kinks quickly against Northwestern State because they immediately get on a plane bound for the Bahamas, where they’ll play some of the top teams in the country as a part of the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament.

There wasn’t much that Oklahoma did wrong against Creighton, but having more composure definitely comes to mind.

In-game composure won’t be a problem in the Bahamas since there’s no home crowd, but Oklahoma has to prove it is as experienced as everyone thought they’d be.

Spangler can throw it in from deep

It doesn’t happen often, but the Big 12 leader in rebounding is also the leader in 3-point percentage.

Don’t expect Ryan Spangler to become an outside sniper for Oklahoma, but if the Sooners can keep the hard-working big involved in the offense, it creates yet another option.

Spangler matched his season total of 3-point makes from last year in the Sooners’ game against Creighton, proving that if teams forget about him and leave him open, he can make them pay.

That’s about all Oklahoma needs out of Spangler on the offensive end, scoring wise.

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