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Previewing Oklahoma: Young but talented Sooners await Seton Hall in Brooklyn

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Sophomore guard Buddy Hield is leading Oklahoma in scoring with 18.3 ppg.
Sophomore guard Buddy Hield is leading Oklahoma in scoring with 18.3 ppg.
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After dispatching a young Monmouth team earlier this week, Seton Hall will take on a nearly as green (302nd in experience) Oklahoma Sooner squad tomorrow night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. OU loses a lot from their NCAA tournament team last season, but have replaced departed talent well thus far.

2012-13 Oklahoma (20-12, 11-7; KenPom: 54; RPI: 39)

Oklahoma lost 49.1 ppg (69%) from their 20-win team last season, but a class of sophomores have emerged for the 3-0 Sooners so far this year. Among those lost were top three leading scorers Romero Osby (16 ppg), Steve Pledger (11.6 ppg), and Amath M'Baye (10.1 ppg). M'Baye opted not to use his last year of eligibility at Oklahoma in order to enter the 2013 NBA Draft. He went undrafted and signed a pro contract in Japan over the summer.

The Sooners are being led by last year's fourth leading scorer, sophomore guard Buddy Hield (18.3 ppg, 5 rpg), and five other players who average at least 20 mpg. Guard/forward Cameron Clark (13 ppg, 4.3 rpg), one of only three scholarship upperclassmen on the Oklahoma roster, forward Ryan Spangler (13 ppg, 8.3 rpg), guard Je'lon Hornbeak (10.3 ppg, 4 rpg, 3.7 apg), guard Isaiah Cousins (7.7 ppg, 4.3 apg) -- all sophomores -- and freshman guard Jordan Woodard (7.3 ppg, 5 apg) all log at least 20 mpg.

Ryan Spangler is Oklahoma's main forward, their Gene Teague. He is backed by senior Tyler Neal (9.3 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 16.7 mpg) and junior college transfer D.J. Bennett (4 ppg, 3 rpg, 11.7 mpg) in the paint. Je'lon Hornbeak is the only guard that plays significant minutes off of Oklahoma's bench.

The Sooners beat a top-50 Alabama team at a neutral venue on opening night before easily defeating North Texas and Idaho at home. Both home opponents would be roughly equivalent to Niagara.

KenPom says: No. 52 Oklahoma - 73, No. 83 Seton Hall - 72 (47%)

Projected Oklahoma starters:

Fr., G - Jordan Woodard

So., G - Isaiah Cousins

So., G - Buddy Hield

Sr., G/F - Cameron Clark

So., F - Ryan Spangler

Time: 7 p.m.

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