MBB Preview: Bedlam Round Two

The Sooners (13-8) and the 17th-ranked Cowboys (18-4) will tip-off at 8:05 p.m. tonight in Norman. OU leads the all-time series 121-88 and 74-26 in Norman. See inside for more pregame notes, including quotes from OU head coach Jeff Capel on the matchup. (AP Photo)

The Teams
Oklahoma (13-8, 4-4) at Oklahoma State (18-4, 4-3) -- 8:05 p.m. (CST) -- Lloyd Noble Center (12,000)

Today's game will be televised regionally on ESPN Plus (KOCB 34/Cox 11 in OKC and KJRH 2/Cox 9 in Tulsa. Bob Carpenter (play-by-play) and Doug Gottlieb (analyst) will call the action. The game can be heard on the Sooner Radio network on KOKC 1520 AM in Oklahoma City, KFAQ-AM 1170 in Tulsa and KKGM-AM 1630 in Dallas.

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The Matchup
The Sooners and Cowboys will be battling for sole possession of fifth-place Wednesday night at the Lloyd Noble Center. OSU comes into the game at 4-3 in Big 12 play while the Sooners check in at 4-4.

The Cowboys are led by the highest-scoring tandem in the league in Marrio Boggan and JamesOn Curry. The duo, who combine to average 39.2 points per game, were held to just 25 points in the first game in Stillwater. The Sooners are led by senior forward Nate Carter, who ranks third in conferenced play in scoring (19.1) and seventh in rebounding (8.3).

Oklahoma leads the all-time series 121-88 overall and 74-26 in Norman. The Cowboys won the first meeting of the year, 66-61, on Jan. 22 in Stillwater.

Game 1 Recap | Oklahoma Game Notes | OSU Game Notes

OU head coach Jeff Capel on OSU
"I think we're playing a lot better (than the last time they played OSU). I think that game really helped us get better. I thought we did some pretty good things in that game and put ourself in a position to win.

"We really fought back after we dug ourself into a little bit of a hole and got down nine there late in the second half. But our kids kept fighting and made it a one possession game there with 25 seconds left.

"I think we've gotten better. Obviously, Nate Carter's still playing at a high level and Longar's played really well the past three games we've played, so hopefully we can continue to get consistency from him. And Michael Neal's played well.

"A key for us is our guards. Our guards have to play well. Those guys have done a pretty good job, but we have to value the basketball. We know it's going to be a tough test (against OSU). They're a good team.

"You have a guy inside that can really score and shoots a high percentage and can hurt you in a variety of ways in (Marrio) Boggan. Then you got JamesOn who can shoot it, but he can also take you off the bounce. He's a good ballhandler and can get to spots on the floor.

"But they have other guys. Terrel Harris is a good player and David Monds and Byron Eaton really hurt us up at their place. Then you've got (Marcus) Dove, who is a guy that can really defend, and Cooper is a guy that can score down low.

"They may not have a lot of depth, but the guys that they have that do play are very, very good players."

Oklahoma Projected Starters:
C -- 30 --Longar Longar -- 6-11, 228, Jr. -- 11.7 ppg, 7.2 rpg
F -- 24 --Nate Carter -- 6-6, 220, Sr. -- 10.5 ppg, 4.6 rbg
G -- 2-- Michael Neal -- 6-3, 198, Sr. -- 10.5 ppg, 3.1 rpg
G -- 5 --Tony Crocker -- 6-5, 187, Fr. -- 9.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg
G -- 20 -- Austin Johnson -- 6-3, 160, So. -- 8.2 ppg, 3.4 apg

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OSU Projected Starters:
C -- 40 -- Kenny Cooper -- 6-10, 253, So. -- 5.1 ppg, 3.5 rpg
F -- 4 -- Marrio Boggan -- 6-7, 247, Sr. -- 20.6 ppg, 7.8 rpg
F -- 5 -- Marcus Dove -- 6-9, 212, So. -- 5.2 ppg, 4.4 rpg
G -- 24 -- JamesOn Curry -- 6-3, 193, Jr. -- 18.6 ppg, 3.0 apg
G -- 00 -- Byron Eaton -- 5-11, 221, So. -- 7.4 ppg, 3.4 apg

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