How to watch, key players for Oklahoma Sooners vs. No. 1 Houston Cougars

The Oklahoma Sooners return home after a terrible trip to Ames, Iowa where they were smothered by the Iowa State Cyclones’ defense. Now, they return to Norman to face the top team in the country.

There is a fun storyline to follow in this one. Kelvin Sampson returns to Norman for the first time since leaving after the 2005-2006 season. Sampson finished with a 279-109 record in Norman and is probably the second-best coach in OU men’s basketball history. He won three consecutive conference tournament titles and made the Final Four and the Elite 8 during his time.

Now, he brings his Houston Cougars team and smothering defense to Norman, looking to wrap up the Big 12 regular season title in their first year in the conference soon.

So, let’s look at some key players and how you can watch the game.


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William Purnell-USA TODAY Sports

ESPN’s latest bracketology has the Sooners as a No. 8 seed and taking on Northwestern in Brooklyn, NY.

Oklahoma Key Players:

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William Purnell-USA TODAY Sports

Rivaldo Soares, G: 8.4 points per game, 5 rebounds per game, 34.8% from 3 and 51.4% from the field.

Javian McCollum, G: 13.7 points per game, 3.3 assists per game, 41% from the field and 31.5% from 3.

Jalon Moore, F: 10.6 points per game, 6.4 rebounds per game and 54.8% from the field.

Houston Key Players:

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Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

L.J. Cryer, G: 15.3 points per game, 40.2% from the field and 38.1% from 3.

Jamal Shead, G: 13.1 points per game, 6.1 assists per game and 42.9% from the field.

Emanuel Sharp, G: 12.7 points per game, 3.8 rebounds per game and 35.2% from 3.

How to Watch:

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Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports
  • Date: March 1, 2024

  • Time: 7 p.m. CT

  • TV: ESPN2

  • Listen: Streaming on the Varsity App

Next Games:

March 5 vs Cincinnati

March 9 vs Texas

March 12-16 – Big 12 Tournament

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