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Preview: Bedlam

Photo Attribution: US Presswire

Photo Attribution: US Presswire

Vitals

Tip: 2:00 PM
Location: Norman, OK
TV: ESPN2
Online Stream: here
Radio: Cowboy Radio Network
Online radio: here
Announcers: Jon Sciambi and Fran Fraschilla
Line: Sooners -1.5

Records

Cowboys – 11-3 (1-1)
Sooners – 10-3 (1-0)

Best win

Cowboys – NC State (KenPom: #42)
Sooners – Ohio (KenPom: #58)

Worst loss

Cowboys – Virginia Tech (KenPom: #163)
Sooners – Arkansas (KenPom: #72)

KenPom rank

Cowboys – #19
Sooners – #53

Data nerds

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Adj. efficiency - Points per 100 possessions (adjusted for quality of opponent and site of game).
Adj. tempo - Possessions per game (adjusted for schedule and pace of other team).
Effective FG % - Takes into account extra value of 3s.

Three things to watch

1. Where will the offense come from? - Oklahoma State’s offensive efficiency dropped by some 20 spots after the TCU game. This happened mostly because of the 24 turnovers (everybody in the starting lineup had at least three!) but there’s also legitimate concern over who can score. We know what Smart and Markel are going to bring, but if OSU can’t get scoring elsewhere (and I genuinely think they can) it’s going to be a looooooooooong year.

2. Push from the inside - There’s not much risk of OU killing you with the three (260th in the country in 3P%) so if you can push the ball out to their guards, you can devastate them offensively. They use two big men — Romero Osby and Amath M’Baye — each on 24% of their possessions. The Cowboys haven’t…um…been effective in the interior on defense but if they are today we can expect a mini-rout.

3. Who are we?- The Gonzaga and Kansas State games are kind of…whatever to me. If you win them, great, if you lose them but play pretty well (as OSU did) then that’s all right too. This game is different. OSU needs this game like Kobe needs a competent teammate right now. From everything I’ve read, it’s going to be a tight, bloody fight in Norman (just like the old days!) but we have the hammer, and his name is Marcus Smart.

Prediction

KyPort: Cowboys 65-59
KenPom: Cowboys 62-61

  • Justin

    I am in MO and tried your link for online radio and it basically said they due not stream the sports due to contractual obligations. Is there a site that you know of that we can listen to Cowboy Radio online? Thanks for your help. ORANGE…

    • Poke

      I think you’re sol.

    • http://pistolsfiringblog.com Kyle Porter

      Afraid so as well…

    • Poke

      You’re not missing out. It’s terrible.

  • Poke

    Nash looks completely disinterested. He shows no emotion.

  • http://gravatar.com/foxhoundadam foxhoundadam

    So how long till we get serious about firing Ford? A bit early now but if OSU keeps playing like this with their talent level then I can’t imagine he lasts the season. 1-18 on the road against conference openers in the last few years.

  • dooley

    Terrible game. I am so tired of seeing Ford on our bench. How is this team not ready to play this game and if you consider yourself a contender you have to be able to win on the road. 3 true road games this year – 3 losses. We have even more talent now with Smart etc, but the results aren’t changing.

    Fords offensive system does not work. There are a lot of reasons for this, but talent on the floor is not one of them.

    Saying that, Nash really pisses me off too. I’m not sure if a better coach would be able to do more with him. He seems more like an overrated player who gives you glimpses and some good moments but…the other moments feel like they outweigh those few good ones.