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 TexasKristian 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 routTyson 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.”
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