Men's Basketball: OU to wrestle with Arkansas Razorbacks in Fayetteville
Astrud Reed, The Oklahoma Daily
After playing only its second home game of the year, the OU men’s basketball team hits the road again when it plays Arkansas at 6 tonight in Fayetteville, Ark.
“Arkansas is very deep,” coach Lon Kruger said. “They’ve got a lot of players back this year, and we expect that to be a challenge.”
First-team preseason All-SEC sophomore guard B.J. Young is Arkansas’ biggest offensive weapon. He leads the Razorbacks with 21.4 points per game and is shooting 47 percent from the field.
But Arkansas isn’t a one-man team; the Razorbacks also boast second-team preseason All-SEC junior forward Marshawn Powell, who provides the Hogs with a presence down low.
“He’s real versatile,” senior forward Romero Osby said. “He plays inside and outside. When you’re matching up with a guy like that, you just got to make him settle for jumpers and stuff like that.”
Powell is averaging 13.3 points and 5.5 rebounds per game and is fresh off a 19-point, seven-rebound performance in Arkansas’ 91-82 loss to Syracuse.
“If you let him get down in the post and be real crafty and make moves and get you in foul trouble and stuff, you’ll be in trouble the whole night,” Osby said. “So he’s one of them guys that even though he can shoot the jumper, you’d rather have him doing that than killing you down in the paint.”
The Sooners are 4-1 away from home — 6-1 overall with their only loss coming to No. 10 Gonzaga — matching the number of road wins they had all of last season in just their first seven games.
“We’ve only played two games at home,” Osby said. “The majority of our games have been on the road or a neutral site. So it’s been big for us, and I’m glad that we get a chance to have another good test against a SEC team on the road.
“It’ll be good for us.”