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OU gets breather in tough stretch

NORMAN, Okla. — It’s not to say the Sooners won’t have to show up when they host TCU tonight at 8, but at least it’s a bit of a break, a break from a brutal five-game opening stretch to the conference season.

And for all intents and purposes, they’re in a really good spot, considering the depth of this league and their 3-2 mark they’ve compiled.

Going on the road in three different venues, two of which are against current ranked opponents, plus a pair of home games against ranked foes, they made it out with more wins than losses.

Now, a winless league team comes into Lloyd Noble Center, one the Sooners should be able to handle with some ease.

TCU doesn’t pose much of a threat on the offensive end, ranking last in the Big 12 at 65.9 points per game and 41.2 percent shooting.

They also don’t defend the perimeter very well, something the Sooners could exploit, as the Horned Frogs give up 33.7 percent of their opponents’ 3-point attempts.

OU, conversely, has hit on 41.9 percent of its attempts so expect that to be a somewhat crucial part of this contest.

Also, forward Ryan Spangler has been performing at an All-Big 12 rate the last few times out, netting 14.7 points and 12.7 rebounds per game while hitting 70.6 percent of his shots.

Guard Buddy Hield has scored at least 18 points in four of OU’s five league contests, and though forward Cameron Clark has slowed down, he’s still averaging 17.1 points per game.

The Sooners are 12-2 all-time against the Horned Frogs, going a perfect 6-0 at home.

Tipoff is officially set for 8:05 p.m. CT.

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