Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 11/17/11

After a week’s rest following their slim four point victory over Idaho State last Friday, Lon Kruger and the Oklahoma Sooners (1-0) will hit the court again this Friday at 7:00 PM CST as they take on Ron “Fang” Mitchell and the Coppin State Eagles (1-1).  The Sooners will look to add another win before heading off to Anaheim for the 76 Classic Tournament.   Here’s a preview of the game, including a breakdown of the opponent, historical facts, and keys to a Sooner victory.

OU is ready to take on Coppin State

The Facts:

 

  • Oklahoma is 14-0 all-time against Coppin State.
  • Fang Mitchell is entering the 26th season of his coaching career, all have been at CSU, he has also been head coach in each of the games from this series.
  • The Sooners have won by an average of 22.1 points over the course of the series

 

Previewing Coppin State:

 

Sr. PG Tony Gallo 5’11”- Despite his position as floor general, Gallo has shown thus far he is more of a scorer than a distributor.  He dropped 23 points on 47% shooting against Loyola (MD) Monday evening, and added 17 in the season opener against Division II Cheyney.  A lot of his damage is done from beyond the arc, but he has also proven to be very effective at getting to the line for some freebies.  The Sooners will need to keep a close eye on him, as he is very capable of another 20-point performance.

Soph. SG Mike Simpson 6’6”- Simpson shot 3-4 from the field to chip in seven points in the Cheyney victory, yet was held scoreless the following game for just 13 minutes of action.  For the most part, he doesn’t look to be a huge issue for the Sooners, though his size could cause a few mismatches on the perimeter.

Sr. F Akeem Ellis 6’6”- Ellis is the most well rounded player on this Eagles team. In the season opener he posted a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. The next game he established himself as a distributor as well, and was one assist shy of another double-double.  Main point is, no matter where he is at on the floor, Ellis has the skills to do whatever he can to lead his team to a victory.  He and Gallo form a dynamic duo for Coppin State.

Sr. F Antonio Williams 6’6”- Williams won’t score much, but he can be a factor on the glass with 11 rebounds over the course of two games thus far.  He will definitely be on the Sooners radar heading into Friday’s game.

Sr. PF Logan Wiens 6’8”- The tallest player in the starting lineup standing 6-foot-8, Wiens had a decent opener scoring nine points and grabbing eight boards.  In the very next game however, he was almost non existent, with only one turnover and three fouls to show for 11 minutes of play.  It’s tough to tell which of the two performances he will most resemble Friday however.

6th man: Sr. SG Michael Harper 6’4”- Harper will provide a scoring spark off the bench for the Eagles.  He can hit the deep ball consistently and is coming off of an 18 point game against Loyola.  He will look to supply the same goods as a reserve Friday.

 

Keys to a Sooner Victory:

 

  • Rebounding: This will likely be a recurring theme for an undersized Sooners team this season.  Luckily, Coppin State is also a small squad, so the Sooners should win the rebounding here.  It will be interesting to see how they fare over the course of the season however, with additions of Romero Osby and Casey Arent down low.
  • Steven Pledger: Pledger sat out the season opener due to a suspension, but will be back in action for this game.  It’s obviously going to be a major upgrade for the Sooners, in depth, with Calvin Newell, who scored 19 last week, likely to log minutes off the bench.  It will be intriguing to see the impact of Pledger and how it affects the team, which is why Pledger is the Player to Watch for this game.
  • Shooting: In the opener the Sooners shot just 24% from the field in the first half, and had trouble with the zone thrown out by Idaho State.  If Coppin was able to realize this they may very well come out in a zone themselves.  It’s up to the Sooners to be prepared for this and hit their jumpers with accuracy and consistency.  
  • Protect the Paint: Coppin State is just 33% from three thus far.  If the Sooners can stop penetration and force jumpers from the Eagles, it should be a Sooner W. 

 

 

Final Prediction: With Pledger back the Sooners roll to their 2nd straight before prepping for the 76 Classic.  OU wins 85-66.

This article first appeared on isportsweb.com and was syndicated with permission.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Deshaun Watson buys his mom a car after being drafted

Mike Mayock upset about Colts using monkey to announce draft pick (VIDEO)

Jim Kelly has high praise for Chad Kelly

Doug Martin welcomes rookie RB to the Bucs

WATCH: Aaron Judge ties MLB rookie record with 10 homers in April

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Browns draft troubled prospect Caleb Brantley in sixth round

Report: Texans wouldn’t take Jay Cutler’s calls

John Wall lived up to promise to Atlanta celebrities in Game 6

Let’s watch this devastating tackle sum up today’s Old Firm match

WATCH: Texans announce draft pick from space

Report: Four teams were willing to draft Joe Mixon

The 'Beast Mode as a parting gift' quiz

Best of Yardbarker: Don't sleep on the Stanley Cup Playoffs

Our favorite undrafted players of all time

Everything you need for the 2017 NFL Draft

Kicking it: Orlando surges while the Galaxy struggles

Three Up, Three Down: Madison Bumgarner gets grounded

Box Score 4/28: NFL Draft gets younger every year

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

The 'NFL Draft Day is finally upon us' quiz

Most memorable 'NFL Draft weekend drama' stories

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Eastern rivalries take center stage

Marshawn Lynch gives an already-spurned city hometown appeal

College Basketball News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Deshaun Watson buys his mom a car after being drafted

Best of Yardbarker: Don't sleep on the Stanley Cup Playoffs

The 'Beast Mode as a parting gift' quiz

Everything you need for the 2017 NFL Draft

Our favorite undrafted players of all time

Kicking it: Orlando surges while the Galaxy struggles

Three Up, Three Down: Madison Bumgarner gets grounded

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

The 'NFL Draft Day is finally upon us' quiz

Most memorable 'NFL Draft weekend drama' stories

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker