Buddy Hield did not miss a shot in OU’s 82-65 win over Oklahoma State two weeks ago in Norman.
Hield was 10-10, including four threes, on his way to a game high 27 points.
It’s no secret that Oklahoma State will have to slow down Hield if they want to have a chance to win.
Sam Mayes thinks the Cowboys can do just that.
“Oklahoma State is one of the best defensive teams in the Big 12,” Mayes said. “The energy on defense when they play in front of the home crowd at Gallagher-Iba is on another level.”
Mayes pointed toward the home-court advantage that Oklahoma State has enjoyed this season. The pokes have not lost a conference game inside the friendly confines of Gallagher-Iba Arena.
Meanwhile, the Sooners have won only one road conference game this season, and it came against a disappointing Texas team back on January 5th.
Prior to Wednesday’s 81-36 beat down of Texas Tech in Norman, OU lost on the road to Baylor, 69-58.
Mayes said learning how to win on the road is a mental thing.
“I played on a team in college where we won basically every home game we played,” Mayes said. “But when we went on the road, we just couldn’t get it done. It gets in your head and it’s not something that’s easy to overcome.”
Mayes believes the most important thing for the Cowboys is to get a big performance from someone other than Phil Forte and Le’Bryan Nash. As to who that player will be, no one knows.
“You can basically draw a name out of a hat when it comes to the third option on any given night,” Mayes said. “Anthony Hickey has proven that he can be that guy, but he’s not a consistent scorer. Whoever it is, somebody has to help Forte and Nash.”
This is a big game for both teams as far as the Big 12 Standings are concerned. Both sit at 4-4 in conference. Oklahoma State needs to continue to hold serve at home, while a road win for Oklahoma would them in prime position to make a run in Big 12 play.
After Bedlam, OU’s next three are home against West Virginia, at TCU and home against Iowa State. If the Sooners can pull off a win Saturday night in Stillwater, look for them to make some noise over the next couple of weeks.