OU to Battle Texas Tech Tuesday in Norman

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
JANUARY 16, 2012

  Andrew Fitzgerald has scored in double figures in 11 straight games.
 Oklahoma (11-5, 1-3) vs. Texas Tech (7-9, 0-4)
 Date & Tip Time  Tuesday, Jan. 17, at 7:05 p.m. CT
 Location  Norman, Okla. | Lloyd Noble Center | Seating Views
 Tickets  $10, $30 and $40; $5 for OU students
 OU Athletics Ticket Office

 Big 12 Network
KOCB Ch. 34 in Oklahoma City
 KTUL Ch. 8 in Tulsa
 ESPN Full Court

 Radio  Sooner Radio Network 
 KOKC 1520 AM in Oklahoma City
 KTBZ 1430 AM in Tulsa
 Sirius 137
 Webcast  WatchESPN.com
 Live Stats  SoonerSports.com GameTracker
 Game Info  Game Notes (PDF)

Oklahoma (11-5 overall, 1-3 Big 12) goes for its second straight win when it hosts Texas Tech (7-9, 0-4) Tuesday at 7 p.m. CT.  The Sooners snapped a three-game losing streak by beating No. 18 Kansas State 82-73 on Saturday in a game they led throughout and were ahead by as many as 18.  Texas Tech has lost four straight to start league play and is coming off a 67-54 defeat at Texas A&M on Saturday.  Tuesday’s contest will air on the Sooner Radio Network (KOKC AM 1520 in Oklahoma City; KTBZ AM 1430 in Tulsa; Sirius 137) with Toby Rowland and Mike Houck announcing.  The game will be televised regionally by the Big 12 Network (KOCB Ch. 34 in OKC; KTUL Ch. 8 in Tulsa; ESPN Full Court) with Dave Armstrong and Bryndon Manzer calling the action.

• Tickets are available for $10, $30 and $40 at the OU Athletics Ticket Office and online here.  Lloyd Noble Center's north and east ticket windows will open at 5 p.m. on Tuesday.
• OU students may purchase a ticket for $5.

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• After enduring a 1-4 stretch in which it averaged just 62.6 points and shot .392 from the field, Oklahoma scored 82 points and shot .549 from the floor against No. 18 Kansas State on Saturday in a nine-point win.  It was the best shooting performance against the Wildcats this year.  OU also drained 22 of its 26 free throw attempts (.846).

• OU played three of its first four Big 12 games against AP top-20 opponents (at No. 7 Missouri, vs. No. 14 Kansas and vs. No. 18 Kansas State).  The other was a road contest at rival Oklahoma State.

• Oklahoma holds a 30-19 all-time series lead against Texas Tech and is 12-4 versus the Red Raiders at Lloyd Noble Center.  OU is 8-1 at home this year while Texas Tech is 1-7 away from home.

• The Sooners own a +15.8 average scoring margin in home games.  They are shooting .471 from the field, .418 from 3-point range and .761 from the free throw line in those outings.  Opponents are shooting .397, .261 and .655, respectively.

• OU has been held to a total of 17 3-point makes over the last five games (3.4 average) and junior guard Steven Pledger has 11 of the conversions during the stretch.  The Sooners averaged 6.7 treys over their first 11 games.

• OU’s top three scorers, Andrew Fitzgerald (.540), Romero Osby (.534) and Pledger (.516) are shooting a combined .530 from the field at Lloyd Noble Center this year and have teamed for a .828 free throw mark.  The trio has accounted for 53 percent of the team’s points at home.

• In OU’s wins, Pledger is averaging 20.3 points on .581 field goal shooting.  In the team’s losses, Pledger is averaging 11.2 points on .300 shooting.

• Out of 338 Division I teams, OU ranks No. 10 nationally in offensive rebounds per game (15.2), No. 19 in total rebounds per game (39.8), No. 30 in 3-point field goal percentage (.389) and No. 33 in free throw percentage (.742).

• The Sooners have scored at least 75 points nine times in their 16 games after doing it seven times in their 32 contests last year.

• Oklahoma has been superb at the free throw line in Big 12 play with its .774 mark (ranks second in the league).  Pledger (14-for-14), Cameron Clark (11-for-11) and Carl Blair (16-for-19) are a combined 41-for-44 (.932) at the stripe.

• After averaging 8.6 points and shooting .386 from the field and .345 from 3-point range over his first two seasons, junior guard Steven Pledger is averaging 17.3 points this year while shooting .486 from the field and .459 from long distance.  Pledger ranks third in the Big 12 in scoring, fourth in 3-point field goal percentage (17th nationally) and free throw percentage (.889), and fifth in field goal percentage and 3-pointers per game (2.6).

• Pledger has scored in double figures in 14 of his 15 outings (held to nine two games ago at Oklahoma State) and has shot at least .500 from the field in eight games.  He has scored at least 20 points five times after doing it three times all of last season, and has netted at least 15 points on four other occasions.

• Pledger has made 86 field goals this year, already putting him at 77 percent of last year’s total (112).

 Sooner to Watch 

 Romero Osby | Jr. | Forward
 • Has scored a career-high 18 points in three of the last five games
 • Averaging 11.3 points and team-high 8.3 rebounds per contest
 • Ranks third in Big 12 in rebounds per game and first in offensive boards per game (3.1)
 • Has pulled down at least 10 rebounds seven times on the season


• Junior forward Andrew Fitzgerald has scored in double figures in each of the last 11 games (averaging 15.2 during stretch on .522 shooting) after doing it just twice in OU’s first five outings (averaged 8.4 points on .400 shooting).  He has scored at least 18 points in three of the last six outings, including a season-high 21 on Saturday against Kansas State when he made a career-high nine field goals on 10 attempts.  Fitzgerald leads the team and ranks seventh in the Big 12 with his 15.5 scoring average in league play.

• Junior point guard Sam Grooms ranks No. 3 in the Big 12 in assists (5.4) and No. 2 in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.5).  He has recorded one or zero turnovers six times in 16 games and ranks second on the team in minutes (29.2).  Only one Sooner in the last 15 years averaged more assists per game for an entire season than Grooms’ current 5.4 average (6.9 by Terrell Everett in 2005-06).

• Junior forward Romero Osby leads the Big 12 with his 3.1 offensive rebounds per game and ranks third with his 8.3 overall boards per outing.  He is also tied for second with five double-doubles.  He has recorded at least 10 rebounds on seven occasions this year (his career high entering the season was eight rebounds).  Osby, who pulled down a career-high 18 boards vs. South Carolina State on Dec. 21, scored a career-high-tying 18 points in both of OU’s games last week (he has three 18-point performances in the last five games).

• Junior guard Carl Blair has scored 36 of his 76 points this season (47 percent) over the last three games.  He averaged 3.1 points over OU’s first 13 games but is averaging 12.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 3.3 steals over the last three.  Blair ranks third in the Big 12 (league games) with his 2.5 steals per contest.  He started Saturday against Kansas State after recording personal OU career highs of 20 points, 10 rebounds and five steals at Oklahoma State last Monday.

• Sophomore guard Cameron Clark, who was held under 10 points in six straight games (averaged 5.5 points on .367 shooting) prior to Saturday’s K-State contest, came off the bench for the first time of his collegiate career against the Wildcats and scored 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting.  Clark is averaging 8.3 points on .392 shooting this year after averaging 9.3 points on .474 shooting as a freshman.

• OU ranks second in the Big 12 and No. 19 nationally with its 15.2 offensive rebounds per game (Kansas State averages 15.3).  It also ranks No. 2 in the league and No. 19 nationally with its 39.8 total rebounds per game (Kansas State averages 39.9), and No. 2 in the conference in offensive rebounding percentage at .414 (Kansas State is at .424).

• The Sooners have been outrebounded just three times on the season (by Washington State, Missouri and Kansas State).

• Oklahoma’s top two rebounding totals of the 16-year Big 12 era have been recorded this year (63 vs. S.C. State and 61 vs. Coppin State).

• OU has pulled down double-digit offensive rebounds in 13 of 16 games and is averaging 15.2 offensive boards per contest to its opponents’ 12.3.

• The Sooners are averaging 6.7 more offensive rebounds per game this year than they did last season (15.2 to 8.5).

• Texas Tech returned one starter and three letterwinners from last year’s 13-19 team that tied Oklahoma for 10th place in the Big 12 (5-11).  The Red Raiders, who are under the direction of first-year head coach Billy Gillispie, are the only Big 12 team with a losing record this season (7-9).  They have lost each of their four league games (67-59 at Oklahoma State, 73-60 to Baylor, 81-46 to Kansas and 67-54 at Texas A&M).  Tech is 1-7 away from home, with its lone victory coming at Texas A&M Corpus Christi on Dec. 1 (61-54).

• In conference play, Texas Tech ranks last in scoring (54.8 ppg), ninth in field goal percentage (.360), ninth in 3-point field goal percentage (.296) and third in free throw percentage (.753).  It leads the league in defensive rebounding percentage (.724).

• Freshman forward Jordan Tolbert leads the team and all Big 12 freshmen in scoring (13.5 ppg), rebounding (6.3 rpg) and field goal percentage (.596).  His 81 field goals are 35 more than the Red Raider with the second highest total.  Tolbert has five performances of at least 20 points on the year, including four in a row in December (averaged 24.3 during the four-game stretch).  He is averaging 7.8 points and 6.8 boards in Big 12 play.

• Junior guard Ty Nurse ranks second on the team with his 9.3 points per game despite being held scoreless over the last two outings (0-for-8 shooting).  He leads the squad with his 22 treys and is shooting .373 from deep.  He ranks second in the Big 12 with his .915 season free throw mark (43-for-47).

• Sophomore guard Javarez Willis averages 8.7 points and 2.1 assists per outing.  He has made his last 25 free throw attempts and is shooting .865 (32-for-37) on the season.

• Gillispie, who also coached at UTEP, Texas A&M and Kentucky, is in his eighth year overall and owns a 147-94 career record.

Oklahoma owns a 30-19 series lead over Texas Tech and has won six of the last nine meetings.  OU is 18-6 against the Red Raiders in Norman and is 12-4 at Lloyd Noble Center.  Since the start of the Big 12 in 1996-97, OU is 21-11 against Texas Tech (11-4 in Norman).  The Sooners posted a 4-2 record against Texas Tech head coach Billy Gillispie while he was head coach at Texas A&M.

OU and Texas Tech split their two meetings last year, with the home team winning each contest.  The Sooners posted an 83-74 victory on Jan. 18 as all five starters scored in double figures.  Cade Davis led the way with 25 points and was followed by Andrew Fitzgerald (20), Steven Pledger (14), Carl Blair (11) and Cameron Clark (11).  OU was outrebounded 37-31, but canned 29 of its 34 free throw attempts (.853).  It also forced 20 Texas Tech turnovers and held the Red Raiders to .390 field goal shooting.  Tech dominated the March 2 rematch, 84-58, holding the Sooners to .328 field goal and .222 (4-for-18) 3-point marks.  OU also shot just .522 from the free throw line (12-for-23).  Davis was the only Sooner in double figures with 21 points.  

• Oklahoma turned in its third best shooting performance of the season (.549) and overcame its worst rebounding deficit in 13 seasons (44-24) to post an 82-73 home win over 18th-ranked Kansas on Saturday.  The Sooners, who shot .700 from the field in the second half (14-for-20), held the Wildcats to .391 shooting on the day and forced them into 19 turnovers (their second highest total of the season).

• OU’s 20-rebound deficit was its largest in victory in 20 years (was outboarded by 30 by Nebraska in a 79-76 home win in 1991-92).

• The Sooners’ 12 steals were their second most of the season and most in 10 games.

• Junior forward Andrew Fitzgerald enjoyed his best shooting day as a Sooner, knocking down a career-high nine field goals on 10 attempts en route to a season-high 21 points.

• Junior forward Romero Osby hit six of his eight shots and all six of his free throws to finish with a career-high-tying 18 points. 

• Junior guard Steven Pledger netted 18 points with the help of 2-for-3 3-point and 6-for-6 free throw shooting.  He shared team-high rebounding honors (six) with Osby.

• Junior point guard Sam Grooms registered nine assists against three turnovers and added a pair of steals. 

• Oklahoma has recorded 43 dunks in its 16 games (2.7 average) and junior forward Romero Osby has 24 of them (56 percent).

• Osby has grabbed at least six rebounds in 13 of 16 games this year.  In his 35 games at Mississippi State as a sophomore in 2009-10, Osby pulled down at least six boards on three occasions.

• Junior Andrew Fitzgerald leads the team with seven charges taken.  He took two Saturday against Kansas State.

• In their 11 wins, the Sooners are shooting .471 from the field and .427 from 3-point range (6.6 makes per game).  In their five losses, they are shooting .366 from the field and .286 from long distance (3.6 makes).

• OU is the only team in the Big 12 whose top four scorers are each shooting at least .700 from the free throw line.

The Sooners are back on the road Saturday for a 3 p.m. CT game at Texas A&M (televised by the Big 12 Network).



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