Bedlam! Sooners Host Cowboys in Game One of Bedlam Series

For the first time since 2004, both Oklahoma and Oklahoma St. are ranked when the Bedlam Series tips off tonight in Norman Oklahoma.

Oklahoma State looks for its first win in Norman since 2004 on Monday when the 12th-ranked Cowboys face No. 25 Oklahoma, which has won four of its last five. The Cowboys bounced back from a two-point loss at Kansas with an 81-75 win over West Virginia on Saturday, despite leading scorer Marcus Smart fouling out after being held to a season-low four points. With Smart a non-factor against West Virginia, 6-7 wing Le’Bryan Nash drew high praise after scoring a career-high 29 points and collecting nine rebounds. Guard Markel Brown averages 16.5 points and 5.4 rebounds and became the ninth player in school history with 100 career blocks on Saturday.

Oklahoma has won three straight, holding their opponents to 66.0 points per game in that span. The Sooners led the entire game and limited Texas Tech to 28.6 percent shooting from long range in a 74-65 victory Saturday. Guard Buddy Hield has led the Sooners in scoring in five of their seven Big 12 games, including a team-high 18 points against Texas Tech. Forward Cameron Clark averages a team-high 17 points and 5.8 rebounds for the Sooners, who rank third in the Big 12 in scoring at 83.8 points per game. Oklahoma State (84.3) is ranked second in the conference.

“It’s Bedlam,” Nash said after Saturday’s win. “It don’t get no better than this. It’s two good teams. We’re going into their house. We really want to win. We’ve got to give it to Oklahoma, they’ve got some good wins, and it’s going to be tough.”

The teams will meet again in Stillwater on Feb. 15.

Random Facts:

  • Over is 4-0 in the last four games between these two schools
  • The home team is 4-1 against the spread in the last five meetings.
  • Oklahoma State is 1-5 against the spread in the last six games against the Sooners.
  • Oklahoma’s last eight games have been decided by single digits.
  • Oklahoma State’s losses have come by a combined 10 points to Kansas, Kansas State and Memphis.