C&CM: Make no mistake, WVU's defense is legit. Can we scratch that loss off the list, please? In hindsight, everyone has an off night and OU lost their will to win after falling behind by a large deficit. As far as I'm concerned, I don't see a consistency issue. I believe the level of competition in the conference remains unrivaled across the nation. Day in and day out, programs bring their A-game and one slip adds a mark to the loss column. You must have a short memory and move on to the next game in this league.
C&CM: There are easily two other names to familiarize yourself with. The first is Isaiah Cousins who could easily be one of, if not the, most underrated players in the conference. With the ability to pick up the slack in the back court, Cousins averages 12.5 points per game but has an uncanny knack for finding rebounds. The junior has easily evolved into a potential draft pick while working under the direction of Lon Kruger.
Secondly, TaShawn Thomas presents himself as a scoring option underneath the basket, something Oklahoma has lacked since Romero Osby graduated. Transferring in from Houston, it took a while for Thomas to adapt but the forward has quickly become a vital piece to the offense. Possessing the ability to create for himself as well as pass with great vision, the senior rounds out the trio of players averaging double digits in scoring for OU.
C&CM: Kruger may not have been the homerun hire some had hoped for but he certainly was the right hire. The man continues to hold a reputation of resurrecting fallen programs simply adding Oklahoma to the list. As far as most noticeable changes, the most obvious of the bunch clearly rests on hiring a strength and conditioning coach (Capel relied on the Griffin brothers to carry that load). It has paid dividends in achieving a the desired fast pace style of play on both sides of the court.
C&CM: The Phog may be the toughest place to play in the nation. However, the Sooners have struggled with pressure in the back court or even with the half court trap time and time again. Any team with the athletes to continuously pressure the ball handler will come up with turnovers and potentially easy points.
If I'm Kruger, I'd likely give Hield and Cousins along with Booker the green light to shoot from anywhere on the floor. Kansas gives up 33.7% shooting from behind the arc and the Sooners are no strangers to firing up a shot from the perimeter.
C&CM:. I feel as though Kansas runs away with the game in the second half to produce a 78-65 win.
C&CM: Link all the way...just as Nintendo usurped Sega, I would expect Link to demolish Sonic, the ring collecting hedgehog.