After a trip through the state of Texas last week, Oklahoma returns to Norman to face Wofford on Sunday afternoon. On that road trip the Sooners picked up relatively easy wins over UTRGV and Texas-San Antonio. The Terriers should provide a little tougher of a test before OU heads to the Bahamas for the Battle 4 Atlantis.
This will not be the first tough game for Wofford. Coach Mike Young’s squad faced off against North Carolina in their season opener, hanging in there against the Tar Heels before falling 78-67. The team was also supposed to play Stanford, but that contest was cancelled due to the wildfires.
Fletcher Magee has been steady so far this season, but he is the player that can go off for 30 points and give the Oklahoma defense plenty of problems. Magee scored 21 against UNC and added 19 in the win over High Point and 18 in limited minutes against Carver Bible. Last season Magee dropped 32 points at California and 36 in an upset victory over Georgia Tech. The 6-4 senior is usually lethal from beyond the arc, but was very inconsistent against the Tar Heels, going just 3-of-16 from long range. In the two games since then he has gone a combined 10-of-15.
While Magee will need to be knocking down shots, it will take more than that to beat the Sooners. Nathan Hoover and Storm Murphy will join Magee in the backcourt. Both are capable outside shooters and Murphy has proven to be a consistent player running the point.
The key though will be in the frontcourt. Cameron Jackson is a tough 6-8, 250 pound forward who can score in the paint and hit the glass effectively. Sophomore Keve Aluma will start beside Jackson, but those two need to do more defensively against OU. Wofford allowed the frontcourt duo of Luke Maye and Garrison Brooks to score 44 points against them. If Brady Manek, Jamuni McNeace and Kristian Doolittle can have their way in the paint, it will take a massive effort from Magee for Wofford to win in Norman.