Monday, January 01, 2007

Oklahoma stats pack

Jeff Capel took over for Kelvin Sampson (who left for Indiana). It's a name team, but they're not all that good. Former Ole Miss coach Rod Barnes is an assistant at OU.
Sooners stats pack

Longar Longar will probably give Davidson fits inside so we're really going to need others to step up (Hendrix down low and Gee/Steele around the rim). LL leads the team in points per game, blocked shots, and rebounds. This is one of the few times I'll be happy to see JD take someone outside.

Taylor Griffin is their other inside guy. He supposedly has a 38" vertical so I'm guessing Gee gets to man up on him.

Tony Crocker might give Steele fits as he's a good defender (and at 6'5" might be able to alter shots). I assume he'll get the task of covering Steele as their PG (Austin Johnson) covers Riley.

The stats:
- 48% FG, 33% 3pt FG, 68% FT, and rebound margin of 38-30.
- Johnson and Godbold are the guys to watch from the perimeter (40% and 36% from 3).
- They play 8 regularly... 10 that average 12 MPG (make that 9 as Keith Clark is out for the season with a knee injury).
- Had their 49 game non-conference home winning streak snapped by Villanova. Nova isn't all that good despite their 10-2 record (inflated by beating bad teams).

This is the first road game for the Sooners... and I don't think they have enough to beat us or keep it close. Prediction: Alabama by 17 led by Gee and Steele.

Game is 2:30PM EST (1:30CST) on ESPN (no listing for HD... that sucks). I'm expecting a good showing... hopefully there's a good crowd to witness it.

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