Oklahoma travels to Portland, Oregon, to take on Oregon State in the Phil Knight Invitational at 11pmET on Tuesday. Both teams are 2-0 and are coming off wins against strong competition. The Sooners beat Minnesota, 71-62 from Sioux Falls, S.D. on Saturday night. OSU beat another team from the Big 12, as they defeated Iowa State, 80-74 at home on Saturday.
Sooners trying to build depthAfter beating UTSA, 85-67 to open the season last Tuesday, Oklahoma had an even tougher matchup on Saturday against the Golden Gophers. The Sooners return three starters from a team that went 20-14 last season but just 7-11 in the Big 12. They were fortunate to make the NCAA Tournament and wound up making it to the second round. They have three returning starters led by 6-9 junior forward Brady Manek (12.2ppg, 5.9rpg, 35.8% 3pt). Six-foot-seven Kristian Doolittle (11.3ppg, 7.1rpg) and 6-5 sophomore Jamal Bieniemy (4.9ppg) are the only other returning contributors. That's right, the Sooners basically had to bring in seven new players and rely on two others who redshirted last season.
The vets came up big down the stretch as the #Sooners came back to top the Gophers.— Oklahoma Basketball (@OU_MBBall) November 10, 2019
Bieniemy 1️⃣5️⃣ pts (1️⃣3️⃣ in the second half)
Manek 1️⃣7️⃣ pts, 1️⃣0️⃣ reb
Doolittle, 1️⃣0️⃣ pts, 1️⃣0️⃣ reb
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One of those who redshirted was 6-5 guard Austin Reaves, who began his career at Wichita State. He averaged 8.1 points and shot 42.5% from 3-point range as a Shocker. Reaves had 11 points, six rebounds and four assists in the win over Minnesota. The Sooners, who were led by Manek (17pts, 10rebs), were down by as many as eight points in the second half. They used a 23-4 run to overcome the Gophers and shot just 23% from the field in the first half. Fortunately, they made 16 of 26 shots in the second half and held Minnesota to just four baskets in the final 12 minutes.
Trinkle leads a Beavers squad that could be headed to NCAA's?Head coach Wayne Tinkle needs to win after going 75-83 in is five years in Corvallis. Fortunately for him, his son Tres (20.8ppg, 8.1rpg) decided to return to Oregon State instead of turning pro. Assistant coach Stephen Thompson's son Ethan (13.7ppg, 5.0rpg) also decided to come back and now the Beavers could be on the verge of making the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2016 and just the second time since 1990.
Tres Tinkle helped lead the Beavers to a close win over Iowa State from Gill Coliseum on Saturday afternoon. He scored 27 points with 11 rebounds and hit two treys in the final two minutes. Kylor Kelley added 15 points and seven boards for Oregon State, who shot 49.2% from the field and made 12-of-21 (57.1%) from beyond the arc. One concern was at the foul line, where the Beavers shot just 10 of 17 (58.8%). One thing that Wayne Tinkle could be concerned about is a bench that provided just 11 points.
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