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#731 Oklahoma vs.
#732 Wichita State
Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 6:00pm EST
Written by Benjamin Hayes

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#731 University of Oklahoma
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Oklahoma travels to Kansas to take on Wichita State in a non-conference matchup on Saturday night. These teams faced each other last season with the Sooners crushing the Shockers, 80-48 from Norman.

The Sooners are coming off two road wins over Missouri (77-66) and North Texas (82-80) on Dec. 5. After losing at West Virginia (75-63) on Nov. 27, the Shockers crushed Central Arkansas (95-69) at home and defeated Oklahoma State, 80-61 on the road.

Oklahoma survives at North Texas

Kristian Doolittle saved Oklahoma from an embarrassing road loss last Thursday night when he hit a three-pointer with 13 seconds left to give the Sooners an 81-78 lead against North Texas. Doolittle led both teams with 28 points as the Sooners were able to hold on to two-point road win. Austin Reaves added 22 points, on 12-of-14 from the free throw line and 4-of-12 from the field.

The Sooners shot 50% from the field and 9-of-24 from beyond the arc, but they were outrebounded by six and allowed North Texas to shoot 49% from the field.

Reaves (6-5, 202) leads the Sooners with 17.6 points per game and 5.5 rebounds, while Doolittle (6-7, 232) adds 16.0 points and 8.4 rebounds on 50.6% shooting.

The Sooners average 76.5 points per game on 45.2% shooting (31.4% 3pt). They allow 68.9 points on 41.4% shooting (32.6% 3pt). They are not a great rebounding team right now, as they are just +1.3 in rebounding ratio. The Sooners have just one loss on the season, falling at home to Stanford by 19, though they have a solid road win over Minnesota, 77-69 on Nov. 9.

Etienne leads Shockers in rout

Tyson Etienne scored 19 points to lead Wichita State over Oklahoma State on the road in their rout last Sunday. The Shockers made 44% of their shots and 11-of-26 (42%) from beyond the arc. Even though they had 16 turnovers, they shared the ball extremely well with 18 assists. Jamarious Burton finished with 11 assists and eight boards to lead the team in both categories. The Shockers also dominated the Cowboys on the boards, 39-30.

“I’m excited for what our guys have shown they can do,” WSU coach Gregg Marshall said after the game to Kansas.com. “There’s a new ceiling now and my job is try to get them to play toward that ceiling as often as possible.”

Wichita State also has an impressive neutral site win over South Carolina (68-59), but at 8-1, they still are not ranked in the Top 25. Guard Erik Stevenson leads the Shockers with 13.4 points per game and 5.2 rebounds on 42.2% shooting (31.4% 3pt). Etienne adds 11.4 points and shoots 45.8% from the floor (46.2% 3pt).

On the season, Wichita State averages 76.7 points per game on 41.9% shooting (34.7% 3pt). They allow just 60.2 points per game on 38.1% shooting (32.4% 3pt). They also outrebound teams by 6.1 per game.

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You can't go wrong with the Shockers here. Oklahoma barely scraped by North Texas on the road in their last game. They've covered just once in their last five games. Wichita State is tough at home, beating teams by an average of nearly 20 points per game and holding them to just 38.5% from the field and just 59.8 points. The Sooners are a middle-of-the-pack Big 12 team this season. The Shockers should easily be back in the NCAA Tournament. They should also win the battle on the glass.

Prediction: Wichita State -4.5

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Wichita State is 88th in pace and they are going to want to push the tempo, especially at home. Oklahoma can run but they also gave up 80 points to North Texas and 74 at Stanford. The Cardinal are not exactly known for their uptempo game. The Sooners have gone over in three of four games. The Shockers have gone over in three straight. I can see Wichita State easily going over 80 points at home and the Sooners hitting the 70 mark.

Prediction: Over 139
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Written By Benjamin Hayes

Ben has been a sports writer for over 30 years, dabbling in college and pro basketball, college and pro football, baseball, college lacrosse, minor league baseball and even college gymnastics. He's also been involved in the gaming industry for over 25 years and has been looking to beat the books since he was 13!