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Hoops Preview: Oklahoma State Seeking Bedlam Bounceback on Wednesday Night

OSU lost Round 1 of the series, but has won each of the last two Bedlam games in GIA.

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STILLWATER — The Cowboys have won the past two Bedlam games played on Eddie Sutton court, with a chance to make it three in a row Wednesday night.

Oklahoma State and Oklahoma met less than three weeks ago, where OU won 74-64, but both teams have struggled since that meeting, going a combined 3-5. For many Cowboys, that Jan. 5 matchup was their first Bedlam. Now down to only nine players on OSU’s roster, certain players will be asked to do more in round two.

“It’s much more serious than I thought it was,” freshman point guard Isaac Likekele said. “I knew the importance, I just didn’t feel the importance. … It was a learning experience the first time around. It’s gonna be interesting to see what happens the second time.”

Viewing Info

Time: 8 p.m. Wednesday
Location: Gallagher-Iba Arena
TV: ESPNU

Projected Lineups

Oklahoma State

Name Class PPG RPG APG BPG SPG
Isaac Likekele Freshman 7.6 4.9 3.2 0.4 1.2
Thomas Dziagwa Junior 10.2 2.6 1.8 0 0.6
Lindy Waters Junior 11.8 4.9 2.8 0.2 1.2
Cameron McGriff Junior 13.5 8.3 2.1 1.1 1.2
Yor Anei Freshman 6.6 4.2 0.4 2 0.2

Oklahoma

Name Class PPG RPG APG BPG SPG
Jamal Bieniemy Freshman 3.9 2.3 2.8 0.1 1.2
Christian James Senior 17.2 7.6 1.9 0.4 1.1
Rashard Odomes Senior 6.1 1.9 0.8 0.2 0.5
Kristian Doolittle Junior 9.1 6.5 0.8 0.3 0.8
Brady Manek Sophomore 11.1 7.1 0.7 0.9 0.7
Oklahoma State’s Last Five
Opponent Result Score
at Oklahoma L 74-64
vs. Texas W 61-58
at West Virginia W 85-77
vs. Baylor L 73-69
at Iowa State L 72-59
Oklahoma’s Last Five
Opponent Result Score
vs. Oklahoma State W 74-64
at Texas Tech L 66-59
vs. TCU W 76-74
vs. Kansas State L 74-61
at Texas L 75-72
Team Stats
Oklahoma State Oklahoma
Points Per Game 69.8 73.6
Points Allowed Per Game 69.8 67.6
Field-Goal Percentage 43.2 44.5
Rebounds Per Game 36.5 41.3
Assists Per Game 13.6 12.7
Big 12 Standings
Team Conference Record Overall Record
Kansas 5-2 16-3
Kansas State 5-2 15-4
Baylor 4-2 12-6
Texas Tech 4-3 15-4
Iowa State 4-3 14-5
Texas 3-3 11-7
TCU 2-3 13-4
Oklahoma 2-4 13-5
Oklahoma State 2-4 8-10
West Virginia 1-6 9-10
Previous Meeting

The Sooners shot 36 free throws en route to a 74-64 victory Jan. 5 in Norman.

The Cowboys racked up 25 personal fouls, and four OSU players ended the game with four fouls. The Pokes can’t afford that amount of fouls anymore now that OSU’s roster is down to nine players.

The recently dismissed duo of Maurice Calloo and Michael Weathers played 51 combined minutes in that game, so if anything this game will look different for the Cowboys personnel-wise.

OSU’s Thomas Dziagwa and OU’s Kristian Doolittle tied for a game-high 16 points. Dziagwa got his in Dziagwa fashion, shooting 4-for-8 from 3-point range. Half of Doolittle’s points came from the foul line.

Against Iowa State on Saturday, Isaac Likekele played a career-high 37 minutes. Against OU a few weeks ago, Likekele played only six minutes. Likekele picked up a few early fouls, and Weathers came off the bench with an impressive 13 points, seven rebounds and six assists.

“That day was more of a me thing,” Likekele said Tuesday. “My mind wasn’t in the right place. I wasn’t focused that day. Coach B did what he had to do for the team to have the best opportunity to win, and that was me not being on the floor, which I was perfectly fine with. On Wednesday night, gonna have an opportunity to go out there and play, I’m just gonna give it my all and hopefully we come out with a W.”

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