With OU firmly entrenched in its Big 12 conference play, SoonersIllustrated.com is going to preview each of the Sooners conference games.
No. 25 Oklahoma (15-4, 4-2) at Texas Tech (10-9, 2-4)
When: 3 p.m. CST
Last game: The Sooners weren’t at their best found ways to execute down the stretch in a 77-69 win against TCU. Tech played well but couldn’t overcome West Virginia in Morgantown in an 87-81 loss.
What to watch for: A fast start by the Sooners. For the second game in a row, OU is certainly going to be considered a heavy favorite. OU made the mistake of letting TCU hang around and gain confidence. A fast start in Lubbock can quiet the crowd early and let the Red Raiders feel like an upset is possible.
The production is still there, but senior forward Cameron Clark has had his troubles in Big 12 play. The scoring is diminished and his field goal percentage has taken a real hit. Clark has to start playing back up to his pre-conference levels for the Sooners to remain successful.
Was Wednesday a turning point for sophomore guard Je’lon Hornbeak? He scored 10 points off the bench and looked to be moving better than he has since coming back from injury. Jordan Woodard has hit a bit of a freshman slump so it’s even more vital for Hornbeak to be a reliable second option.
Scouting the Red Raiders: The first year under Tubby Smith has had some highs and lows so far. Tech so far has been pretty consistent at home, entering the weekend 8-3 in Lubbock. And Tech has won two of its last three conference games.
It’s going to be a battle in the post for OU’s Ryan Spangler. Tech forward Jaye Crockett and Jordan Tolbert both average more than six rebounds per game. Crockett leads the team with 14.3 points per game.
Watch out for sophomore guard Dusty Hannahs. Coming off a legendary outing Wednesday where he was 7-of-7 shooting from 3-point territory, what can he do for an encore? He averages 8.9 points off the bench but couldn’t be stopped against West Virginia.