Sooners Ready for Bedlam

The last time the Sooners met Bedlam rival Oklahoma State in Stillwater, they were fighting for their 20th victory of the season, one that would help stake their claim as an NCAA tournament team.

They got it, dominating the Cowboys 68-56 en route to improving their record to 20-10 at that point.

This time around, OU is searching for its 20th win, but in a different fashion.

The Sooners, at 19-1, are looking to become the first team in the nation this year to reach the 20-win mark.

In order to do so, they will have to deal with a talented OSU group led by an experienced corps of guards in seniors Byron Eaton and Terrel Harris, junior Obi Muonelo, and sophomore James Anderson.

"We have to get ready to play another explosive offensive team in Oklahoma State on Monday," said OU head coach Jeff Capel.

Anderson leads the team, averaging nearly 18 points per game, while the other three all average in double figures as well.

Muonelo is averaging 15.6 points per game, while Harris is at 14.3 and Eaton is contributing with 13.6 points per game.

"I know they run; they score," Capel said. "Having James Anderson and Byron Eaton, two McDonald's All-Americans coming back, having Terrel Harris with the year he is having, and then Obi—they could very easily be undefeated right now in this league if a couple of things happen here or there towards the end of the game."

While the Sooners have basically coasted in winning seven in a row after a 12-1 start, the Cowboys have been battered in their last three contests, going 1-2 in three close games, two of which went into overtime.

Despite losing a few close games, OSU has fought to a 13-5 record into this year's first round of Bedlam basketball.

They won't possess any major star power like Sooner sophomore forward Blake Griffin, but they will play sound basketball offensively and defensively, especially in front of their home crowd.

"I think they are a very offensive team," Capel said. "[But] they can cause some problems with their pressure on defense. It's odd matchups, but I think their fans are excited about it, and they should be."

The Sooners (19-1, 5-0 Big 12) sit atop the Big 12 standings, while the Cowboys (13-5, 2-2 Big 12) head into the contest at sixth place in the conference race.

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