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Men’s Basketball Preview: We’re Talkin’ Oklahoma

Conference Play Starts Real Soon(er)

Syndication: The Ames Tribune Nirmalendu Majumdar/Ames Tribune / USA TODAY NETWORK

Last Time Out

Iowa State finished off their stretch of non-conference games against New Hampshire. The Cyclones only had an 8-point lead at halftime but would open it up a little in the second half. Keshon Gilbert had a triple-double, joining Tamin Lipsey as the first team in school history to have two players account for a triple double in a season. Iowa State won 85-70.

About Oklahoma

The Sooners come into this game ranked 11th and are no doubt Porter Moser’s best team since he got to Norman. Oklahoma was one of the last remaining undefeated teams until losing to UNC in the Jordan Classic. Oklahoma has wins against Arkansas, Providence, USC and that team out east.

Oklahoma’s 11th ranking might be a little inflated, most advanced metrics have the Sooners closer to low 20’s, however, this team will hang in the Big 12. They have long athletic guards, versatile bigs, and a top 15 defense thus far.

Opposing Player to Watch

Keep an eye on Oklahoma big man John Hugley. Hugley is 6’10, 275 lbs but plays like a European stretch-4. He’s an ultimate case in don’t judge a book, or big man, by its cover. Hugley is above 40% from 3, above 50% from the field, and above 80% from the charity stripe. He’s a catch and shoot threat from anywhere on the court.

Pick 3

  1. The team with less turnovers wins.
  2. Foul trouble for Iowa State’s front court.
  3. Milan Momcilovic 20-point game.

Score Prediction

Iowa State- 68

Oklahoma- 71