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Erik Gee: OU to Win The Big 12

Erik Gee: OU to Win The Big 12

Here’s a bold prediction for 2016. OU will win the Big 12. That’s right, the Sooners are going to unseat the Kansas Jayhawks for the conference crown. Oklahoma is one of six unbeaten teams left in college hoops, and they are hell to deal with on both ends of the floor, scoring almost 88 points per game while holding opponents to 64 points per game. Lon Kruger and his team have more than a legitimate shot of ending Kanas run as perennial Big 12 Champs.

If you’re Bill Self, Bob Huggins or Steve Prohm, just how do you attack this team? Get the front court in trouble? OK. While Khadeem Lattin, AK Manyang, and Jaumni McNeace still seem to be a work in progress, we’ve seen flashes of what all of them CAN be throughout OU’s first few games. Consistency is going to be an an issue during the early part of the Big 12 season but while those three hone their game, the Sooners will punish teams from the outside.

OU is the number two free throw shooting team in the country with Isiah Cousins leading the way, going 18 of 33 this early in the season. Allowing Cousins to play more point is giving Jordan Woodard more opportunities to shoot, which will keep opposing coaches busy all season.

We haven’t even mentioned the ever steady Ryan Spangler, who is 13-44 from beyond the arc. Spangler may never get the appreciation he deserves. He spent all summer working on being able to hit from the outside. Add that to his arsenal of rebounding and scoring in the paint, the opposing teams almost have to hope he is injured not to affect the game in some way. If you look at the Creighton game, Spangler only scored five points but pulled down 15 rebounds with 6 of those on the offensive end.

Then there is the returning Big 12 player of the year, Buddy Hield. But everyone knows about the 9th ranked scorer in the nation. And by everyone, we mean opposing coaches. Good luck shutting this guy down. Only Hield can stop himself and when he’s on – like scoring nine straight against Creighton – you just pray the other four on the court are having bad nights. Even that may not be enough. In your crystal ball, you will see many a sleepless nights for those game planning for OU. Welcome back to 1987-88 OU fans. Life is good. Here’s a bold prediction for 2016. OU will win the Big 12. That’s right, the Sooners are going to unseat the Kansas Jayhawks for the conference crown. Oklahoma is one of six unbeaten teams left in college hoops, and they are hell to deal with on both ends of the floor, scoring almost 88 points per game while holding opponents to 64 points per game. Lon Kruger and his team have more than a legitimate shot of ending Kanas run as perennial Big 12 Champs.

If you’re Bill Self, Bob Huggins or Steve Prohm, just how do you attack this team? Get the front court in trouble? OK. While Khadeem Lattin, AK Manyang, and Jaumni McNeace still seem to be a work in progress, we’ve seen flashes of what all of them CAN be throughout OU’s first few games. Consistency is going to be an an issue during the early part of the Big 12 season but while those three hone their game, the Sooners will punish teams from the outside.

OU is the number two free throw shooting team in the country with Isiah Cousins leading the way, going 18 of 33 this early in the season. Allowing Cousins to play more point is giving Jordan Woodard more opportunities to shoot, which will keep opposing coaches busy all season.

We haven’t even mentioned the ever steady Ryan Spangler, who is 13-44 from beyond the arc. Spangler may never get the appreciation he deserves. He spent all summer working on being able to hit from the outside. Add that to his arsenal of rebounding and scoring in the paint, the opposing teams almost have to hope he is injured not to affect the game in some way. If you look at the Creighton game, Spangler only scored five points but pulled down 15 rebounds with 6 of those on the offensive end.

Then there is the returning Big 12 player of the year, Buddy Hield. But everyone knows about the 9th ranked scorer in the nation. And by everyone, we mean opposing coaches. Good luck shutting this guy down. Only Hield can stop himself and when he’s on – like scoring nine straight against Creighton – you just pray the other four on the court are having bad nights. Even that may not be enough. In your crystal ball, you will see many a sleepless nights for those game planning for OU. Welcome back to 1987-88 OU fans. Life is good.

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