Who: No. 5 Oklahoma Vs Maine Where: Lloyd Noble Center (Norman, Okla.) When: Wednesday 7:00pm CST Tickets: Available(LINK) Maine Projected Starters: 12 Junior Bernal (6-5, Jr.) – 10.0 ppg, 9.0 rpg 22 Mark Socoby (6-5, Jr.) – 15.3 ppg 3 Troy Barnies (6-7, So.) – 9.4 ppg 21 Sean McNally (6-7, So.) – 7.1 rpg 32 Gerald McLemore (6-3, Fr.) – 12.6 ppg Key Player – F/G Mark Socoby Key Reserve: 15 Kaimondre Owes (6-4, Sr.) – 8.0 ppg
Game Preview: Head coach Jeff Capel and the Sooners are undefeated and ranked No. 5 in the nation. Oklahoma (8-0) hosts the Maine Black Bears at the Lloyd Noble Center at 7 p.m. OU is returning home after defeating the Tulsa Golden Hurricane, 69-44, on Sunday at the BOK Center in downtown Tulsa.
Prediction: The Sooners should be able to roll through Maine. The Black Bears do not have the horses to slow down the Griffin's in the paint. They average 70 points a game, but are only shooting 38% from behind the arc, and the OU defense has been stifling most of the year. OU is starting to turn in to a national monster and they should be able to roll right along Wednesday night.
OU Player to Watch – Willie Warren: The Bears know that they have to try to slow down Blake Griffin in the paint, so Warren should be able to make some things happen in one-on-one situations. He should also get some open looks behind the arc.
Notes: The football team will be in attendance Wednesday night to cheer on the basketball team and celebrate Oklahoma's 2008 Big 12 Championship. The Sooners defeated Missouri, 62-21, in Kansas City on Saturday night to claim the program's third consecutive conference crown.
• Fans have the opportunity to have their picture taken with the 2006, 2007 and 2008 Big 12 Conference football championship trophies inside Legacy Court at the Lloyd Noble Center from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
• The OU football team will sign autographs from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. and the team will be honored at halftime. Fans will be limited to one autograph item per person.
• Big 12 Championship merchandise and BCS National Title merchandise will be available for purchase.