Sooners With First And Only Public Exhibition Game Before 2017-2018 Season
WHO: East Central Tigers
WHEN: Wednesday, November 8th @ 7:00 PM CT
WHERE: Norman, Oklahoma
HOW TO WATCH: Fox Sports Oklahoma
SCOUTING East Central: The Tigers are coming off a season that saw their first postseason berth in division two. They will be led by senior, and former Del City standout, Brett Cannon who started every game for East Central last year besides one. Cannon averaged just 7.9 points per game a year ago, but he will see an improved role with their two leading scorers from their GAC Championship team moving on due to graduation.
East Central likes to push the tempo on offense as they averaged 82.5 points per game a year ago. This will be one of the few intriguing things to watch in the exhibition game as Oklahoma struggled to slow down Texas-Arlington in their Hurricane Harvey Relief game. The Tigers like to push the tempo, which will be a good test for Oklahoma as they will likely see a lot of teams who also like to run the floor instead of slow it down.
It’s simple–it’s an exhibition game and it should be treated as such. The Sooners struggled in their 99-84 loss to Texas-Arlington, but East Central is not nearly the same caliber of a team as the Mavericks. It will be crucial for Trae Young and company to limit their turnovers and limit East Central to one shot on the defensive side of the ball. Overall, the Sooners need to continue to progress and build on what they have been able to accomplish from the Summer until now.