November 22, 2012; Buena Vista, FL, USA; Oklahoma Sooners forward Andrew Fitzgerald (4) drives to the basket as UTEP Miners forward Chris Washburn (32) defends in the second half of the Old Spice Classic at the HP Field House. Oklahoma Sooners defeated the UTEP Miners 68-61. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

OU Hoops: Kruger's squad looking to extend Razorback losing streak

Regular Season Leaders
Oklahoma (6-1) Arkansas (3-3)
Points Per Game
Romero Osby 11.1 BJ Young 21.4
Amath M’Baye 10.1 Marshawn Powell 13.3
Rebounds Per Game
Amath M’Baye 7.1 Coty Clarke 6.8
Romero Osby 7.0 Marshawn Powell 5.5
Assists Per Game
Sam Grooms 2.9 BJ Young 2.8
Isaiah Cousins 2.7 Rashad Madden 2.0

With the first month of the season in the books, Oklahoma boasts a 6-1 record heading in to Fayetteville. Tonight the Sooners face the Arkansas Razorbacks, who started out strong, but are currently on a three game losing steak.

The Razorbacks have had to face some tough competition lately, losing to the Arizona State Sun Devils and Wisconsin Badgers at the Las Vegas Invitational.

Following that trip, Arkansas was treated to a loss at home to the sixth-ranked Syracuse Orange.

With a .500 record, Arkansas certainly would love to earn a victory over the Sooners before they face the third-ranked Michigan Wolverines, but Oklahoma has been grinding out victory-after-victory.

What Kruger’s crew has been doing hasn’t always been pretty, but they have added six games to the win column. A team that has had a lot of success finishing games late, OU will look to hand the Razorbacks a fourth straight loss.

They will have to do so with defense. Arkansas ranks sixteenth nationally in points scored. However, it will be just as vital for Oklahoma to win the rebond battle and prevent BJ Young from torching the Sooners.

Not only will Arkansas try to get back on track following their loss to Syracuse, but the Razorbacks will want to avenge their 78-63 loss last season to Oklahoma. They will definitely need a better defensive performance, but the Sooners can shoot the ball.

It should be an interesting out-of-conference match-up for an OU team looking solid at the moment. You can catch the game live on ESPN U at 6 p.m. CT.

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