Sooners face Northwestern to kick off a brutal marathon of games

It’s amazing the difference of one less word.

The No. 17 Oklahoma men host Northwestern at 6 p.m. Friday, three days after dismantling Northwestern State 105-68. The two opponents have little to do with each other, the first located in a scenic suburb of Chicago and the latter nestled in the Northwester corner of Louisiana, less than 50 miles from the Texas border.