MEN'S BB: Sooners Get Final Big XII Tune-Up

The Sooners get their final test before the Big XII season begins when they host Mount St. Mary's at 6 p.m. Monday night. OU is riding a four-game win streak while the Mountaineers have lost three of their last four. It will be the last appearance for the Sooners until they host Kansas State on Jan. 12.

The Oklahoma Sooners face one last test tonight before Big XII Conference play kicks into gear when the host Mount St. Mary's at the Lloyd Noble Center.

The Sooners (11-3) and Mountaineers (7-7) tipoff at 6 p.m. The game will be broadcast on the Sooner Radio Network (KOKC-AM 1520 in Oklahoma City; KTBZ-AM 1430 in Tulsa; Sirius Channel 123) with Bob Barry Sr. and Mike Houck announcing. The game will not be televised.

Oklahoma is looking for its fifth straight win and 12th non-conference win. The 12 wins would tie for the most since they won 13 in the 1994-95 season. The Sooners won 12 non-conference games in 1999-2000 and 2004-05.

Oklahoma is coming off a 61-49 victory at home over Rice on Saturday afternoon. Despite a poor shooting performance, the Sooners came through thanks largely to a strong defensive outing in which they held Rice to .291 field-goal shooting.

The Mountaineers are coming off a similar defensive effort. The held Fairleigh-Dickinson to .354 shooting at home on Saturday, but lost 65-52.

Mout St. Mary's are already 3-1 in Northeast Conference play and have a 4-3 road record. They have lost three of their last four games.

The Mountaineers are led by a three-guard attack featuring senior Chris Vann (6-0, 195) and sophomores Jeremy Goode (5-9, 170) and Will Holland (6-4, 215).

Vann leads the team with 16.7 points and makes an average of 3.2 treys a game.

Goode is a very solid point guard that can score or dish as evident by his 14.2 points and 6.5 assists an outing. He also manages 4.1 boards despite his size and a team-high 2.8 steals.

Holland chips in 10.6 points.

The Mountaineers frontcourt starters are a pair of 6-foot-7 juniors in Sam Atupem (8.8 points, 4.7 boards) and Markus Mitchell (4.6 points, 5.3 rebounds).

This will be the third all-time meeting between the two schools. Oklahoma defeated the Mountaineers 91-67 in December 1994 and 94-41 in December 1999.


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