With OU firmly entrenched in its Big 12 conference play, SoonersIllustrated.com is going to preview each of the Sooners conference games.
TCU (9-8, 0-5) at No. 25 Oklahoma (14-4, 3-2)
When: 8 p.m. CST
Last game: The Sooners continued alternating wins and losses with a big road victory at then-ranked No. 12 Baylor 66-64, finding a way to pull it out in the end. TCU was unable to earn its first conference victory, losing to Texas Tech at home.
What to watch for: The emotional letdown. OU went through the ringer in the last five games with one tough battle after another. This is the first true “gimme” game in the eyes of most observers. What has made this year’s team so special and fun to watch so far has been the effort.
No matter what the effort has been there. But against a team you’re expected to handle with relative ease, the focus of the Sooners might be something to watch.
On the court, sophomore Buddy Hield is starting to emerge as the team’s most consistent player during conference play. That’s not a real knock at all on Cameron Clark because he is still producing. But Hield is starting to want to be the guy and is starting to deliver in big moments.
Scouting the Horned Frogs: It has been tough sledding for Trent Johnson’s club in his second year at TCU. The Horned Frogs have lost their first five conference games, including three home games and have issues scoring the ball.
TCU is ranked last in the Big 12 in scoring at 65.9 points per game and is also last in field goal percentage and 3-point field goal percentage.
It’s all about stopping junior guard Kyan Anderson. He is the team-leader in points at 14.6 per game to go along with 4.6 assists and 1.5 steals. Big 12 defenses have had an answer for him so far, though, as he is only averaging 10.2 points per game through five conference contests.
The other storyline is junior forward Amric Fields coming back home. Fields, high school teammates with OU’s Tyler Neal at Oklahoma City Putnam City West, is averaging a solid 13.7 points per game and 5.6 rebounds.