NORMAN, Okla. — The Sooners had a crack at an upset victory over a Top 25 team on Wednesday and ultimately fell short against the No. 18 Kansas Jayhawks.
They’ll have their chance again Saturday at 11 a.m. when they host the No. 7 Iowa State Cyclones.
The Cyclones, who have won their first 14 games of the 2013-14 season and are 2-0 in Big 12 Conference play, come in with the sixth-ranked scoring offense in the country—tied with Oklahoma—at 87 points per game.
They lead the country in assists per game with 19.1 and also have a nation-best 2.0 assist-to-turnover ratio.
Forward Melvin Ejim leads the squad with 17.8 points per game, while guard DeAndre Kane nets 16.1, forward Georges Niang manages 15.4 and forward Dustin Hogue averages 12.3.
The Sooners, who come into the contest 12-3 but losers of two of their last three, counter with the leading scorer in the league in forward Cameron Clark, fresh off a career-high 32-point outing the other night.
Guard Buddy Hield also averages in double figures with 16.4 points per contest.
A victory in this one will prove huge in not only improving OU’s NCAA Tournament resume, but keeping OU in conference title contention early in the league slate.
A loss would bury them down to the middle of the pack with a 1-2 start.
So, taking care of business and holding serve on the home court this time around looms large.
As for the all-time series, the Sooners own the advantage 111-81 and have won eight of the last nine.