Preview: #2 Oklahoma vs. #15 CSU Bakersfield

Oklahoma vs. CSU Bakersfield

Friday, March 18th 2016

4:00 pm Eastern

TNT

Oklahoma, ranked No. 7 in the ESPN AP top 25, are ready to face CSU Bakersfield in their first round of March Madness this year. Oklahoma has kept a 25-7 record this season and are going up against Bakersfield’s 24-8 overall record, although Bakersfield doesn’t even fall on the AP top 25. Recently, Oklahoma has been unstoppable (minus their unfortunate 2 point loss to West Virginia on Friday, March 11th), and most say there shouldn’t be any difference this weekend. However, after CSU Bakersfield’s buzzer-beater against New Mexico St. on Saturday, some may think otherwise.

Match-Up to Watch

For Oklahoma, rebounding from #12 forward Khadeem Lattin, who led his team with 8 rebounds against West Virginia should be a good match-up against Bakersfield’s #42 center Aly Ahmed.

X-Factor for Oklahoma

Buddy Hield, #24 guard for Oklahoma, has the ability to the lead the floor and execute plays effectively while also succeeding in rebounding. Isaiah Cousins, #11 guard, will also be an x-factor for the Sooners in terms of shooting.

X-Factor for CSU Bakersfield

Dedrick Basile, #5 guard for Bakersfield, will be the x-factor in this game for his team because he’s going to come in with confidence from his exciting buzzer beater, ready for some more great plays. Basile lead the team with 18 points and four rebounds in their last match-up against New Mexico St.

Key Stat

Buddy Hield was recently named not only Big 12 Player of the Year, but also Sporting News’ top player in college basketball. With these two highly respected awards, there’s no doubt that Hield will bring his team far in the NCAA tournament.

Prediction

Oklahoma: 75, CSU Bakersfield: 58

Madeline Stamm

Michigan State University, 2019

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