The Oral Roberts Golden Eagles head to Norman in Oklahoma for a meeting with the Oklahoma Sooners at the Lloyd Noble Center on Wednesday. After getting close against Oklahoma State in a 83-78 loss, Oral Roberts will try again versus another foe from the state of Oklahoma. Oral Roberts hasn’t been playing bad basketball, but only have a record of 3-3 to show for their efforts.
Their only poor showing was against the Missouri Tigers to open up the season on November 25. Besides that, though, the Golden Eagles have either won or played close games against their opponents. Oral Roberts mopped the floor against teams they should have, and played closer than expected against squads with more talent. The Golden Eagles face another situation of going up against superior talent on Wednesday against the Sooners.
Oral Roberts are coming off a 96-65 blowout over Bacone last night. While some teams have gone weeks between playing games, the Golden Eagles will have no time to rest on Wednesday. They had a hot hand last night, with five different players for Oral Roberts getting into the double digits. That has been the case throughout the season for the Golden Eagles, they’ve showcased nice depth and finding contributors all over the floor.
Beating up on Bacone and beating Oklahoma is a whole different animal, though. The Sooners go into Wednesday with a record of 3-1. They have a loss against Xavier, 99-77, but flawless otherwise. I think that game pretty much says it all about Oklahoma. They are going to blow past the inferior teams, and likely have problems against the better programs like Xavier. The Sooners should be good for an upset or two, but likely not a threat to bother the top contenders in any serious fashion. Head below for our free Oral Roberts vs. Oklahoma pick for December 16, 2020.
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The Oklahoma Sooners may not be a legitimate contender in the NCAA Tournament, but they are going to play in some highly entertaining games and make the opposition play well offensively. If Oklahoma has their stroke working for them from the field, they can put up a lot of points in a hurry. That can happen against any team in the country. Whether the defense wants to play is another question altogether, though. Oklahoma has been efficient from the field with an average of 87.3 points scored a game.
The Sooners have ripped the net at a rate of 49%. There are four of five players on Oklahoma that know how to score the ball. It makes the Sooners awfully difficult to defend. Oral Roberts likely doesn’t have a hope here at keeping them under 80 points tonight. However, the Golden Eagles might be able to exploit an Oklahoma defense that can be beat. The Sooners are 240th in the NCAA with 74.3 points conceded per game.
Oral Roberts has played well offensively, having scored 87 points per game for 32nd in the NCAA. Oklahoma is a spot better than the Golden Eagles statistically, as they’re 31st in the country with their 87.3 points a game in the 2020-21 season. The Oral Roberts defense has allowed 74.2 points per game. Missouri is probably the closest offense that they’ve played so far that compares to Oklahoma.
The Tigers put up 91 points, while Wichita State netted 85 points and 83 points went to Oklahoma State. In other words, they’ve had plenty of issues defensively against the bigger basketball programs. This is expected to be an entertaining matchup on Wednesday. With both defenses likely leaving the door open for two fast offenses, there should be a lot of points on the board here.