NORMAN, Okla. — Trae Young and No. 7 Oklahoma will aim to extend their impressive early season run when they host in-state rival Oklahoma State in a Big 12 clash here in Norman, on Wednesday night.
Game time for the Lloyd Noble Center tip-off is set for 9:00 pm ET and ESPNU will carry live television coverage. The WatchESPN App will stream the action live as well.
Young leads the country in scoring and assists per game and has attracted applauses from several NBA players, including reigning NBA MVP Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The talented rookie is averaging 29.6 points per game and dishing out 10.7 assists.
Young had 39 points and 14 assists in his first Big 12 game to help the Sooners (11-1, 1-0 Big 12) overcome a 13-point deficit in the second half to knock off then-No. 10 TCU, 90-89 on Saturday for their ninth successive win.
The Big 12 title contenders have also beaten three AP ranked teams in three of their last five games, including a victory over then-No. 3 Wichita State on the road on Dec. 16.
Meanwhile, Oklahoma State (10-3, 0-1 Big 12) will try to recover from the 85-79 defeat to West Virginia Friday night in its Big 12 opener.
The Cowboys head into this fixture with a 1-3 record against ranked teams this season and is averaging 67.75 points per game in those four contest.
The senior guard leads Oklahoma State Jeffrey Carroll in scoring at 15.2 points per game and rebounds at 6.1 per contest.
As expected, ESPN’s Basketball Power Index is backing Oklahoma heavily to win this game.
The Sooners have been given an 80 percent chance to win with the points spread set at 9.5.
Oklahoma State won both games in this fixture last season when the Sooners ended with a disappointing 11-20 overall record.
A late 3-pointer in the final seconds lifted the Cowboys to a 68-66 win in Norman before sealing a 96-92 win in Stillwater.
However, with Young at the helm this season and is looking forward to playing in his first Bedlam, it is highly unlikely the Sooners will be swept again.
“It’s going to be fun,” Young said. “It’s going to be a crazy atmosphere.”