Jan 19, 2013; Manhattan, KS, USA; Oklahoma Sooners forward Romero Osby (24) plays defense during a 69-60 loss to the Kansas State Wildcats at Bramlage Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports

OU Hoops: Sooners look to end drought in Lawrence

The third ranked Kansas Jayhawks will host the Oklahoma Sooners today at Allen Fieldhouse. Both teams are coming off big wins against their rivals and playing at a high level. Kansas beat the 11th ranked Wildcats of Kansas State, 59-55, this past Tuesday. The Sooners were able to get past Texas in a sloppy slug fest, 73-67, on Monday.

Oklahoma has not beat the Jayhawks in the past 11 tries, and they will be looking to reverse that trend Saturday afternoon. It will be tough for the Sooners to do as Kansas leads the Big 12 in lowest shooting percentage given up at 34.8 percent. For the Sooners to win, they must prevent Ben McLemore and Jeff Withey from having big games.

These two make the KU team go and are very productive. McLemore is a talented 6-5 freshman guard that leads the team in scoring with 16.1 points per game. Withey is a 7 foot senior Center that is a huge presence inside. The seven footer averages 13 points per game, 8.3 rebounds per game, and 4.3 blocks per game.

Oklahoma will counter with an athletic front court in Romero Osby and Amath M’Baye. The two forwards have been playing outstanding the past few weeks and will need to continue that trend if they want to have a chance against the Jayhawks. Buddy Hield has also been playing much better and really starting to look like he not only belongs, but also a future star.

Both teams defend very well and take pride in defense. It will be a tough low scoring game. The Sooners might have as good a chance to beat KU as they’ve had in a few years as this Sooner team is playing very well and has talent under Lon Kruger. The two will clash on ESPN with tip-off at 3 PM CT.

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