Looking at the matchups for Monday night's Bedlam game:
Marcus Smart had probably his worst game as a Cowboy on Saturday, going just 1 of 7 from the floor with four points in OSU's win over West Virginia. He doesn't have much experience bouncing back from poor performances but he'll still be the most talented player on the floor and figures to recover well. Smart and Markel Brown average a combined 33.6 points per game. OU's top two scoring guards, Buddy Hield and Jordan Woodard, combine for 27.7. Hield has been OU's most consistent offensive threat. He's shot well from outside all season and done a better job of late getting to the basket.
With the addition of a midrange jumper this season, Cameron Clark has transformed both his offensive game and the look of the Sooners offense. He's had a tendency to run hot and cold but has shown signs of being more consistent. Ryan Spangler has been fantastic in Big 12 play with the exception of the Kansas game, when he found foul trouble early. He has a knack of being in prime position for rebounds on both ends. Le'Bryan Nash is plenty familiar with Clark's game (the two faced off in high school) and is a similar scorer. OSU is still adjusting down low on offense with Kamari Murphy taking over for the injured Michael Cobbins.
The Sooners' bench received a boost lately with the play of Je'lon Hornbeak, who has struggled with his shot since returning from injury. Otherwise, he's been solid. The Sooners only regularly use three other players off the bench with none averaging more than Tyler Neal's 5.9 points. One of the players, D.J. Bennett, has averaged just five minutes per game in Big 12 play. The Cowboys depth took a hit when Kamari Murphy was elevated into the starting lineup due to Michael Cobbins' injury. But the Cowboys' bench, especially at guard, has been dangerous. Phil Forte averages 12.6 points in 22 minutes per game off the bench, and Stevie Clark is shooting nearly 44 percent from behind the 3-point line.
There's no doubt Oklahoma comes into this game with plenty of confidence. The Sooners have won four of five, including two on the road. The Cowboys have also won four of five, though only one on the road. The difference, though, is the Sooners' recent success in the series. OU has won nine consecutive games against OSU at Lloyd Noble Center and 11 of the last 17 overall against the Cowboys.