Recon: Oklahoma

Recon: Oklahoma

1606194_12531799_pmCasey Anthony isn’t famous because she murdered her two-year old daughter, although that certainly has much to do with her notoriety as anything else (being young and attractive was probably the real driving impetus for the round-the-clock coverage). She is famous because she killed her two-year old daughter and got away with it.

There are unfortunately plenty of child murders that take place each year, but, due to a number of circumstances, we either don’t hear about them or they simply don’t pique our interest in quite the same way that the murder of Caylee Anthony did.

Last time this year we understood what was on the line for the Dayton Fliers. After upsetting Ohio State, UD faced off against Syracuse with a trip to the Sweet Sixteen on the line. A win would result in the Flyers first trip to the second weekend since 1984. 

Dayton took down Cuse and national attention soon followed. It was a memorable run, one we might not see again, that took the UD basketball program to a new level. 

However, like any piece of a news cycle, the attention and limelight eventually faded away. Just like a rudimentary murderer, the shelf life couldn’t be extended past the occurring event. That was Dayton last season.

The Flyers want to gain Casey Anthony status.

The only way to reach that level is to take down the Sooners tonight, assuring that UD would once again receive national coverage for the ensuing week. As of this writing, there are no cinderellas heading to the second weekend. The Flyers would reclaim their status as a plucky underdog and become a major part of the national coverage surrounding the NCAA Tournament. This would be a significant step in the continual buliding of this program. Even Casey Anthony would have to take notice (although apparently she is an Ohio State fan, so last year’s loss to the Flyers might cloud her view of the Gem City).

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Oklahoma enters today’s game with a 23 win resume that includes wins over Butler, Baylor, Texas, Iowa State and Kansas. The Sooners finished third in the Big 12 — earning a three seed on the back of their strenuous schedule which saw Lon Kruger’s team play eighteen top 50 RPI teams. 

The Sooners are one of the nation’s best rebounding teams, pulling down an average of 38 boards per game. Oklahoma has strength on the interior, and athleticism across the board. Defensively, the Sooners defend the perimeter very well. It was evident in their game against Albany that they won’t pack it in on the defensive side of the court. Kruger’s club isn’t blessed with a great deal of size down low, they have a pair of 6’8″ forwards, but they are extremely physical. Oklahoma doesn’t have great depth, but that will never be a factor against a team that has a walkon as the second guy off the bench. 

Once again, Kyle Davis’ play will be essential as he will be asked to guard Buddy Hield, the Big 12’s Player of the Year. Hield plays a similar role for the Sooners as much of the Oklahoma offense flows through him. 

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Buddy Hiedl • G (6’4″/208) • Jr.
17.4 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.4 spg

In line to be Kyle Davis’ next potential victim. Fortunately for the Flyers, there is a chance of some white poisoning.

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Jordan Woodard • G (6’0″/182) • So.
9.1 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.9 apg

Okie’s point-guard, very effective with the ball in his hands.

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Ryan Spangler • F (6’8″/231) • Jr.
10.0 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 1.2 bpg

The Gonzaga transfer is tough down low, an excellent rebounder.

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Isaiah Cousins • G (6’4″/187) • Jr.
12.0 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 2.2 apg, 45% 3fg

Dude has been shot, so I doubt he’s sweating the Sweater Nation.

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TaShawn Thomas • F (6’8″/240) • Sr.
11.5 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.5 bpg

Granted a transfer waiver after being a three year starter at Houston. Big body around the rim.

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Frank Booker • G (6’4″/211) • So.
4.9 ppg, 1.3 rpg

So so def.

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Khadeem Lattin • F (6’9″/200) • Fr.
2.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg

Just happy to be here.

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Dinjiyl Walker • G (6’1″/193) • Jr.
3.3 ppg, 1.0 rpg

Can a hoopster…be a hoopster?

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I think my judgement might be skewed due to watching a bad Creighton team beat Oklahoma earlier in the year, but the Sooners don’t scare me. If the Flyers shoot the ball like they are capable of and get out in transition, they have every chance of winning this game. 

The Sweaters carry the day, again. UD wins 63-60 and the Ghetto will echo.

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Tom Blackburn is a proud U. o’ D. alum. He loses faith in humanity one day at a time, but not in you, you seem like you are all kinds of alright. Charter member of the T-Man fanclub.

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