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Men's College Basketball
Preview
Northwestern St. at Oklahoma
When: 3:00 PM ET, Sunday, November 23, 2014
Where: Lloyd Noble Center, Norman, Oklahoma

Oklahoma looks to bounce back from a tough loss when the 18th-ranked Sooners host Northwestern State on Sunday. The Sooners squandered an 18-point second-half lead in a 65-63 loss at Creighton on Wednesday. This is the final tuneup for the Sooners before they head to the Bahamas for the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament, where they'll face UCLA on Wednesday and either Butler or North Carolina a day later.

The Sooners hope to get back to the way they started the Creighton game — building an 11-point halftime lead and stretching it to 18 early in the second half — rather than they way they finished it. The Demons were walloped 109-68 by Texas A&M to open their season before winning two straight by modest margins over small-school opponents Lyon and LSU Alexandria. Oklahoma has won all four all-time meetings, including victories in two of the past three seasons.

TV: 3 p.m. ET, FSN Oklahoma

ABOUT NORTHWESTERN STATE (2-1): The Demons were picked to finish second in the Southland Conference after a fourth-place showing last season. They like to play at a fast pace and have finished second in the NCAA in scoring each of the past two seasons. Only three players average double-digit scoring — Zeek Woodley (19 points), Jalan West (16.7) and Marvin Frazier (11.7) — but that's largely because coach Mike McConathy goes at least 10 deep and often substitutes in waves to keep fresh players on the floor.

ABOUT OKLAHOMA (1-1): The Sooners boast one of the nation's most dynamic offensive players in guard Buddy Hield (23 points, seven rebounds), who has lit it up from outside, shooting 10-for-14 from 3-point range through two games. They also have a solid frontcourt duo in Ryan Spangler (11 points, 11 rebounds) and Houston transfer TaShawn Thomas (nine points, 4.5 rebounds). Oklahoma hasn't really hit its stride offensively yet, shooting a mediocre 37.2 percent and averaging 70.5 points, well below its Big 12-best average of 81.9 points last season.

TIP-INS

1. Oklahoma has won 102 of its last 106 home games against non-conference opponents.

2. West needs 24 points to become the 28th Northwestern State player to reach 1,000 career points.

3. Northwestern State is 35-1 over the past three seasons when leading with 10 minutes remaining in regulation.

PREDICTION: Oklahoma 88, Northwestern State 67

Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Neutral Day Night Conf
Northwestern St. 2-1 W2 1-0 1-1 0-0 0-0 2-1 0-0
Oklahoma 1-1 L1 1-0 0-1 0-0 1-0 0-1 0-0
Last Meeting
Northwestern St. Oklahoma
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
11/30/12 NWST 65 OKLA 69 65 30 37.9 69 36 39.3
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Northwestern St. J. West 13 40.0 2
Oklahoma R. Osby 11 12.5 9
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Northwestern St. O. Evans 5 1 4
Oklahoma A. M'Baye 8 2 6
Assists Player  
Northwestern St. D. Hicks 3
Oklahoma I. Cousins 4
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Northwestern St. Z. Woodley 57 56.4 10
Oklahoma B. Hield 46 47.1 4
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Northwestern St. T. Joseph 21 8 13
Oklahoma R. Spangler 22 3 19
Assists Player  
Northwestern St. J. West 22
Oklahoma J. Woodard 11
Quickchart Matchup
Northwestern St. Off vs  Oklahoma Defense
68.0 Points For
59.0 Points Against
36.2 FG%
35.0 FG%
29.0 Reb
40.0 Reb
Oklahoma Off vs  Northwestern St. Defense
70.5 Points For
109.0 Points Against
37.2 FG%
56.8 FG%
40.0 Reb
46.0 Reb