Oklahoma and Oklahoma State meet for the second time in three days, this time at Oklahoma State. They don't call this rivalry bedlam for nothing as Oklahoma State won the first game Saturday in a 94-90 overtime thriller. The Cowboys improved to 16-6 overall and 9-6 in the Big 12 while Oklahoma fell to 14-7 and 9-6 in the Big 12. Oklahoma is ranked No. 8 nationally while Oklahoma State is ranked No. 21, but these rankings could flip, especially if the Cowboys win again.
Oklahoma falls in OTThe Oklahoma Sooners built a 38-31 halftime lead Saturday against Oklahoma State in the Bedlam rivalry. But they squandered that lead and trailed by two in the final seconds. But with seven seconds left in regulation, Sooner star Austin Reaves drove to the hoop and dished to Brady Manek, who made the game tying layup to tie it at 75 and send the game to overtime. But the Sooners fell short in overtime and lost 94-90 to fall to 14-7 overall and 9-6 in the conference.
De'Vion Harmon led Oklahoma with a season high 23 points while Reaves added 22 points, 8 assists and 6 rebounds. Umoja Gibson added 14 points for Oklahoma. The Sooners shot 49% from the floor but were badly out rebounded 45-28.“I’m not worried," Harmon said, reported ESPN. "We’ll get it right. We’ve got to bounce back. We’ve got another one on Monday, so we’ve got to turn around quick.”
Cunningham leads CowboysThe projected No. 1 pick in the NBA draft, freshman phenom Cade Cunningham had a breakout game with 40 points in the 94-90 overtime win over Oklahoma on Saturday. Cunningham had 40 points and 11 rebounds on 12 for 21 shooting with 3 three-pointers. And, 27 of the 40 came during the second half and overtime. "We came out here and competed," said on ESPN after the game. "Just seeing my team come out and play as hard as they can, take it personally for all the OSU alum and everybody there right now, it's a super big win for us."
The win improved the Cowboys record to 16-6 overall and 9-6 in the Big 12. They were ranked No. 21 going into this game but that ranking will surely climb, particularly with a win here on Monday. Oklahoma State was the more physical team, out rebounding the Sooners 45-28 and getting to the free throw line 26 times to just 20m for Oklahoma. The Cowboys made 23 free throws while the Sooners only made 14. Avert Anderson and Bryce Williams each added 15 points while Matthew-Alexander Moncrieffe had 7 points and 12 rebounds. Guard Issac Likekele missed the game with a hand injury. He is questionable for Monday's game.
Stats & Trends
- Sooners are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
- Sooners are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
- Sooners are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
- Sooners are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- Cowboys are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games after scoring more than 90 points in their previous game.
They don't call this rivalry Bedlam for nothing. It's not quite the same without a full house in the arena, but as we saw with the game on Saturday, this rivalry means a lot to the players. That's why I like Oklahoma here. they were favored on Saturday and is not favored in this game at Oklahoma State. But expect an equally close game that comes down to the wire with Oklahoma covering this time as the underdog. The Cowboys needed a superhuman effort from Cunningham to win this one. Oklahoma actually outplayed the Cowboys -- shooting better and creating fewer turnovers. So, expect more bedlam, and take the Sooners to cover.