Sunflower Staff Predictions — Wichita State travels to OKC for Oklahoma

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Sunflower Staff Predictions — Wichita State travels to OKC for Oklahoma

Wichita State center Shaquille Morris fights for a layup against the Oklahoma Sooners Saturday in Intrust Bank Arena.

Wichita State center Shaquille Morris fights for a layup against the Oklahoma Sooners Saturday in Intrust Bank Arena.

Matt Crow

Wichita State center Shaquille Morris fights for a layup against the Oklahoma Sooners Saturday in Intrust Bank Arena.

Matt Crow

Matt Crow

Wichita State center Shaquille Morris fights for a layup against the Oklahoma Sooners Saturday in Intrust Bank Arena.

Oklahoma’s only blemish is a loss against No. 12 Wisconsin; the Sooners own impressive wins against Florida and Notre Dame. Christian James averages nearly 20 points per game, and Brady Manek — who exploded against WSU last year — will be dangerous again from the perimeter. Expect WSU’s first win streak of the season to be snapped on the road.

81- 74, OU

— Marshall Sunner


Trae Young is in Atlanta, but that hasn’t stopped Oklahoma from shooting the three-ball. Nearly 30 percent of OU’s offense comes from three-pointers — as a team, they hit 40 percent of them, on average. This one will quickly become a shoot-out, but don’t expect either team to shoot upwards of 40 percent from deep in this high domed arena. This isn’t the Trae Young show anymore.

70-59, OU

— Evan Pflugradt


Erik Stevenson and Samajae Haynes-Jones will have another hot game. While Oklahoma has high caliber wins and some star players, WSU wants this one more. Expect WSU to fight off a slow start, pulling ahead in the final minutes.

76-74, WSU

— Joseph Barringhaus


Wichita State is still in search of a defensive stopper. If Dexter Dennis can help limit OU’s leading scorer Christian James and disrupt his rhythm from three, the Shockers will extend their winning streak to three games.

72-67, WSU

— Sean Marty