Bryndon Manzer, a former OSU guard (1992-94) will broadcast his first Bedlam men's basketball game Saturday, working with play-by-play announcer Dave Armstrong on the Big 12 Network (including KOCB-34). Manzer, 41, who also is a full-time investment adviser, discussed the game:
Are you excited about calling your first Bedlam game?
Absolutely, being from Oklahoma, having played in it and having close relationships at both schools. The fact that the game is the most relevant it's been in several years with what's on the line makes it even more interesting.
What has accounted for OSU's recent winning streak?
First of all, Marcus Smart has been everything to this basketball team. To be so young and have the skill set and ability, but I think his leadership — the kind of winning culture — has rubbed off on his teammates. They play with a lot of confidence because of him. He and Markel Brown right now are playing like the best backcourt in the league, and other guys are coming around as well.
How will OU overcome the loss of point guard Buddy Hield to a foot injury?
Oklahoma has the best depth in the league. They can go nine or 10 deep. Obviously, Buddy Hield is going to be a great player at Oklahoma. He is the most complete player of those three freshmen they have. They are going to fill a hit not having him, but you have three guys coming off the bench who have started a lot in their career when you look at (Cameron) Clark, (Sam) Grooms and (Andrew) Fitzgerald. It will make an impact, but they have depth. Coach (Lon0 Kruger has done a great job with this team.
What do you see as key matchups?
I think Oklahoma has an advantage in the 4 and 5 positions with Romero Osby and Amath M'Baye. That will play big. I think Oklahoma State might have the advantage at guard. It will be important for the Oklahoma guards to play solidly and take care of the ball and not try to do to much and let M'Baye and Osby try to take advantage of Oklahoma State.