Hoops Preview: Maine

The Oklahoma football team is not the only show in town, as the OU hoops squad is nationally rated and in the National Title mix. Wednesday night they will put their undefeated record on the line against Maine (5-4) at the LNC.

 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.


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