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OU basketball: Sooners seek to avoid season sweep against the Mountaineers on Big Monday

Oklahoma's Trae Young (11) drives the ball past Texas Tech's Jarrett Culver (23) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Garett Fisbeck)
OU basketball: Sooners seek to avoid season sweep against the Mountaineers on Big Monday

NO. 17 OKLAHOMA HOSTS NO. 19 WEST VIRGINIA ON BIG MONDAY

Coming off their fifth-straight road loss, No. 17 Oklahoma (16-6, 6-4)  can–once again–get back in the win column with a revenge game against No. 19 West Virginia (17-6, 6-4) inside the Lloyd Noble Center tonight. This will be the season finale of the series between the two, with the Mountaineers coming out victorious in game one in Morgantown.

Senior West Virginia point guard Jevon Carter made things difficult for Trae Young in Morgantown, giving Young his second worst shooting output of the season at the time (the other was in his debut). The freshman’s 3-of-12 3-point shooting hurt, but he was also forced by Carter and his teammates into eight turnovers to only five assists, which he had not done all season to that point, either.

Now, the Sooners are getting to play West Virginia where they are the most vulnerable this season, and where Oklahoma is most comfortable. The Mountaineers come to Norman losers of three-straight on the road, while the Sooners are currently riding a 14-game home-winning streak. Something will have to give on Big Monday.

WHEN: 8:00 p.m. CST

WHERE: Norman, Oklahoma

TV: ESPN

LISTEN: 107.7 The Franchise OKC; KTBZ 1430 AM in Tulsa

YOUNG BOUNCES BACK

The star freshman is coming off a similar performance into tonight’s Big Monday matchup against West Virginia. Young was 7-of-22 from the floor and 2-of-14 from behind the 3-point line for only 19 points in the Sooners’ 79-74 loss to Texas on Saturday–his worst 3-point shooting of the season.

The last time he was held under 20 points? The next game, Young went for 44 points on 11-of-20 shooting, including 5-of-9 from three and 16-of-19 from the free throw line in Oklahoma’s 98-96 win over Baylor. He has scored under 25 points in back-to-back games through his first 22 games in college only once, and that was his debut and second ever college game.

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

For Brady Manek, playing in Norman and playing somewhere else has been drastically different. The freshman’s 41.7 percent 3-point shooting is just right outside the top 50 in 3-point percentage nationally, but he shoots an unimaginable 61 percent inside the Lloyd Noble Center and just 25 percent in opponent’s arenas.

His struggles on the road are a trend at this point, but so is his unbelievable shooting at home. In five conference home games, Manek is shooting 66.7 percent from behind the 3-point line, including an average of 4-of-6 shooting. He only took one shot inside the 3-point line and one shot behind it in the first game against West Virginia, and Oklahoma will need that to change tonight.

BIG MONDAY FOR BIG 12 TOURNAMENT SEEDING

No. 17 Oklahoma and No. 19 West Virginia come into tonight’s game tied in the Big 12 standings with a 6-4 record. The Mountaineers currently hold the tiebreaker with their win in the first matchup, but with the Sooners win over Kansas, a win tonight game could give them the tiebreaker.

The Big 12 tournament seeding comes down to the records against the top teams in the conference from the top down if head-to-head does not do away with the tie. Oklahoma holds a win over Kansas, and West Virginia does not. Both still have to travel to Allen Fieldhouse, but only one could leave 0-2 against the Jayhawks.

The Sooners also remain just a game back of first-place in the Big 12 with wins over Kansas and Texas Tech, who are tied atop the standings after last weekend.

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