Sooners Host No. 4 Missouri Monday at 6

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
FEBRUARY 05, 2012

  Steven Pledger leads the Big 12 with his 2.7 3-pointers per game.
 Oklahoma (13-9, 3-7) vs. No. 4/4 Missouri (21-2, 8-2)
 Date & Tip Time  Monday, Feb. 6, at 6:03 p.m. CT
 Location  Norman, Okla. | Lloyd Noble Center | Seating Views
 Tickets  $10, $30 and $40; $5 for OU students
 OU Athletics Ticket Office


 Radio  Sooner Radio Network 
 KOKC 1520 AM in Oklahoma City
 KTBZ 1430 AM in Tulsa
 Sirius 92, XM 190
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Oklahoma (13-9, 3-7) will try to snap a two-game losing streak when it hosts No. 4/4 Missouri (21-2, 8-2) on Monday at 6 p.m. CT.  The Sooners, coming off a 77-70 home loss to Iowa State on Saturday, are 9-3 at Lloyd Noble Center this year.  The Tigers, tied for first place in the Big 12 with Baylor and Kansas, beat the eighth-ranked Jayhawks 74-71 Saturday.

Monday’s contest will air on the Sooner Radio Network (KOKC AM 1520 in Oklahoma City; KTBZ AM 1430 in Tulsa; Sirius 92; XM 190) with Toby Rowland and Mike Houck announcing.  The game will be televised by ESPNU with Mark Jones and Sean Farnham 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 4 p.m. on Monday.
• OU students may purchase a ticket for $5.

The first 500 OU students in attendance will receive a free "You're My Boy Krug" t-shirt.

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• Oklahoma holds a 112-96 all-time advantage over Missouri and is 64-21 against the Tigers in Norman.  The Sooners have won seven of the last nine meetings at home, but MU has won eight of the last 12 overall meetings.

• In the Big 12 opener for both teams on Jan. 3 in Columbia, Missouri shot .593 from the field and .571 (12-for-21) from 3-point range in an 87-49 win.

• OU’s top three scorers on the year — Steven Pledger (.489), Andrew Fitzgerald (.528) and Romero Osby (.540) — are shooting a combined .517 from the field and .843 from the free throw line at Lloyd Noble Center.

• Oklahoma is the only school in the Big 12 with three players ranked in the top 15 in scoring in league play.  Pledger averages 16.6 points a game (ranks seventh) and is followed by Fitzgerald (14.9; ranks 10th) and Osby (14.5; 12th).  The trio has combined for 457 of the team’s 656 points (70 percent) in conference play.

• Including Monday’s game vs. Missouri, seven of OU’s first 11 conference contests will have been played against ranked opponents.  Only one of the Sooners’ final seven league games is against a team currently ranked in the top 25 (Feb. 25 at Baylor).

• Oklahoma has been superb at the free throw line in Big 12 play with its .767 mark.  Pledger (27-for-28) and Carl Blair (18-for-21) are a combined 45-for-49 (.918) at the stripe.  Pledger has missed two free throws since Dec. 10 (44 for his last 46).

• Ranked No. 4 in both major polls last week, Missouri is 21-2 overall and tied with Baylor and Kansas for first place in the Big 12 at 8-2.  The Tigers are coming off a 74-71 home win over eighth-ranked Kansas on Saturday, scoring the game’s final 11 points over the last two minutes.  Missouri ranks fourth in the country in field goal percentage (.499), No. 5 in free throw percentage (.774), No. 7 in scoring (80.9 ppg), No. 9 in steals (9.1 spg) and No. 38 in 3-point field goal percentage (.382).

• Missouri is led by the senior guard duo of Marcus Denmon and Kim English.  Denmon, who went 6-for-9 from 3-point range and tallied 29 points and nine rebounds versus Kansas, averages 17.7 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game while shooting .394 from 3-point range and .899 from the free throw line.  He ranks third in the Big 12 in scoring and second in 3-pointers per game (2.7).  English averages 14.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists while shooting .509 from the field and a Big 12-best .482 from 3-point range.

• Senior forward Ricardo Ratliffe leads the country with his .747 field goal percentage, and averages 14.3 points and a team-high 6.6 rebounds per game.  He has shot 50 percent or better from the field in 22 of 23 games, including 21 straight.

• Sophomore point guard Phil Pressey averages 9.5 points and Big 12 highs of 5.9 assists and 2.3 steals per game.  He also ranks second in the league with his 2.5 assist-to-turnover ratio

• Junior guard Michael Dixon comes off the bench to average 12.2 points and 2.8 assists in 25.6 minutes a game.  He has scored at least 15 points eight times on the year and ranks fourth in the Big 12 with his .897 free throw percentage.

• Head coach Frank Haith is in his first year at Missouri after guiding Miami (Fla.) to a 129-101 (.561) record the last seven seasons.

 Sooner to Watch 

 Andrew Fitzgerald | Jr. | Forward
 • Coming off a career-high 27-point outing at against Iowa State on Saturday
 • Averaging 18.5 points on .574 shooting over the last four home games
 • Has scored in double figures in 16 of the last 17 games
 • Ranks 10th in the Big 12 with his 14.9 points per conference game


Oklahoma leads 112-96 in the all-time series with Missouri and holds a 64-21 advantage in Norman.  Missouri has won eight of the last 12 overall meetings since OU rattled off nine straight victories from 1998 to 2002 (the nine-game streak culminated with an NCAA Tournament Elite Eight win in San Jose, Calif.).  The Sooners have won seven of the last nine meetings in Norman, including a 66-61 decision two years ago.

• Oklahoma’s Big 12 opener was not a memorable one as No. 7/6 Missouri posted an 87-49 home win on Jan. 3.  The Tigers, who entered the game ranked No. 1 in the country in field goal percentage, shot .593 on the night and drained 12 of their 21 3-point attempts (.571) while holding OU to .333 field goal and .273 (3-for-11) 3-point shooting.

• Missouri became just the second team to outrebound OU in its first 13 games this year.  The Tigers posted a 38-23 advantage on the glass and held the Sooners to their then-lowest offensive rebounding total of the year (seven).

• MU led 43-25 at halftime and scored on 10 of its first 11 possessions of the second half to go ahead 68-36.

• Junior forward Andrew Fitzgerald matched a then-career high with eight field goals and tied a then-season high with 18 points.  At 8-for-15, he was the only Sooner who shot at least .500 from the field. 

• Junior guard Steven Pledger made all three of OU’s 3-pointers (on six attempts) and netted 11 points to tie a then-season low.

• On a bright note, OU made all 10 of its free throw attempts and committed a season-low-tying eight turnovers.

• 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 17.6 points this year while shooting .477 from the field and .449 from long distance.  Pledger leads the Big 12 in 3-pointers per game (2.7) and ranks third in free throw percentage (.897; eighth nationally), third in 3-point field goal percentage and seventh in field goal percentage.

• Pledger, the Dec. 19 and Jan. 30 Big 12 Player of the Week, has scored in double figures in 20 of his 21 outings (held to nine Jan. 9 at OSU).  He has scored at least 20 points six times after doing it three times all of last year, and has netted at least 15 points on eight other occasions.

• Pledger has already made 14 more field goals (126) in 21 games this year than he did in 32 games last season (112).  He has played 309 fewer minutes this season than last.

• Junior point guard Sam Grooms leads the Big 12 (ranks in top 10 nationally) in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.0) and ranks third in the league in assists (5.7 apg).  He has recorded one or zero turnovers 10 times in 22 games, including in four of the last six outings.  During the current six-game stretch, Grooms has handed out 40 assists while committing just seven turnovers (5.7 ratio).  Only one Sooner in the last 15 years averaged more assists for an entire season than Grooms’ current 5.7 average (6.9 by Terrell Everett in 2005-06).

• Junior forward Andrew Fitzgerald has scored in double figures in 16 of the last 17 games and is averaging 14.9 points on .512 shooting over those 17 outings (he averaged just 8.4 points on .400 shooting over the season’s first five games).  He has scored at least 17 points in six of the last 13 contests, including a career-high 27 points Saturday against Iowa State.  Fitzgerald has committed at least four fouls in six of the last nine games.

• Junior forward Romero Osby leads the Big 12 with his 3.0 offensive rebounds per game and ranks fourth with his 7.8 overall boards per outing.  He is also tied for second with six double-doubles.  He has recorded at least 10 rebounds on eight 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, is averaging 16.3 points over the last eight games on .517 shooting.  He has scored at least 15 points in seven of the last eight outings, including a career-high 19 points against No. 8 Kansas last Wednesday.  His scoring surge can be partially attributed to his ability to get to the free throw line.  He has 48 free throw attempts over the last eight games (made 37 for a .771 mark), exactly twice as many as the next highest total on the team during the span (24 attempts by Andrew Fitzgerald).

Oklahoma travels to Lubbock, Texas, to take on Texas Tech on Saturday at 7 p.m. CT.



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