Postgame Notes

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
MARCH 15, 2003


March 15, 2003

This marks the fifth time the No. 3 seed has advanced to the Big 12 Tournament championship and Oklahoma has done it three of the five times. No. 3 seed is 2-2 in the championship game, and OU is 1-2 as the No. 3 seed. OU is trying to become the second team to win three consecutive Big 12 Tournament titles. Only Kansas has performed this feat-in the first three years of the Big 12 Tournament (1997-99).

Oklahoma advances to the Big 12 Tournament championship for the fourth straight year and the fifth time in the last six seasons. OU is 2-2 in the championship game.

OU has won eight straight Big 12 Tournament games and 10 of its last 12.

Of the 76 Big 12 Tournament games, 34 have been decided by 10 points or less.

Texas Tech's Andre Emmett broke Big 12 Tournament records for:

  • Field goals made: 28 (3 games)
  • Field goals attempted: 56 (3 games)
Both previous bests were held by Kansas' Paul Pierce, who set the field goals made mark of 27 in 1997 and the attempts mark of 55 in 1998 tournament.

Today's game marks the fourth overtime contest in Big 12 Tournament history. It's also the fourth straight year there's been an OT game in Big 12 Tournament play. Oklahoma defeated Missouri, 84-80, in 2000. Baylor defeated Colorado, 86-84, in 2001. Kansas State defeated Baylor 74-73 in 2002.

OU defeated Texas Tech, 69-64, in overtime in one of the two regular-season meetings this season. OU is 3-0 in OT games this season. OU is 16-8 in overtime games under Kelvin Sampson and has won 10 of its last 12 OT contests. TTU's three overtime games this season is the most since 1984 when the Red Raiders had four OT games.

OU improved to 14-4 in Big 12 tournament play and 10-1 in its last 11 league tourney contests. OU improved to 4-0 at American Airlines Center. OU has won 23 of its last 27 games against Big 12 opponents.

Texas Tech advanced to the Big 12 Tournament semifinals for the second straight season. Last year the No. 5-seeded Red Raiders lost to No. 1 Kansas, 90-50, in the semifinals.

Today's Oklahoma-Texas Tech Big 12 Tournament matchup marks the first time the two teams have played on a neutral site in the 32-game series since the 1944-45 season. OU defeated TTU, 61-31, in Oklahoma City, Okla. OU defeated Tech all three meetings this season, although the Sooners' margin of victory in the three games was a combined 17 points. The Sooners have won five of the last six meetings and 10 of the last 12. It's the first time OU has recorded three victories over Texas Tech in one season.

After TTU opened the game with a 5-1 lead, OU answered with an 11-2 run. Hollis Price's jumper at 14:36 gave OU a 12-7 lead. Tech tied the game 15-15 on Kasib Powell's layup at the 10:39 mark, but OU outscored TTU 23-11 the rest of the half. OU ended the last two minutes of the first half with an 8-3 run to take their largest lead of the game, 38-26, into halftime.

OU has been shot well in both first halves of the 2003 Big 12 Tournament games. Here's a look at OU's combined first-half Big 12 Tournament statistics vs. Colorado and Texas Tech:

  • Field goals: 28-of-51 (.549)
  • Three-point field goals: 10-of-17 (.588)
  • Free throws: 12-of-14 (.857)
Texas Tech was 0-of-5 from three-point range in the first half after hitting 8-of-10 three-pointers in the first half of last night's victory over Texas. TTU scored its first three-pointer of the game at the 15:22 mark in the second half.

Five players combined to score 78 percent (50-of-64) of the points in the first half. Andre Emmett and Kasib Powell combined to score 24 of TTU's 26 first-half points on 10-of-17 field goal shooting. Emmett was 5-of-8 from the field, while Powell was 5-of-10. Hollis Price, Ebi Ere and Quannas White combined to score 26 of OU's 38 first-half points on 10-of-14 field goal shooting. Price was 4-of-6 from the field, while White was 3-of-3 and Ere was 3-of-5. OU's bench outscored TTU, 10-0.

TTU opened the second half with a 15-4 run to pull within one, 42-41, at the 13:01 mark. TTU outscored OU 6-0 in the final 3:09 of regulation to force the overtime.

Texas Tech only had two players score in double figures (Emmett, Powell). The last time that happened was the last time TTU lost. Baylor defeated the Red Raiders, 74-68, in Waco to end the regular season.

First-half starters Will Chavis and Nathan Doudney, who were both held scoreless in the first 20 minutes, were replaced by Josh Washington and Ronald Ross in the second-half starting lineup. TTU made its first second-half substitution at 6:45, when Mickey Michalec replaced Robert Tomaszek, who picked up his fourth foul. Chavis and Doudney combined to score 34 of Texas Tech's 92 points in yesterday's win over Texas.

OU's Hollis Price is averaging 22.0 points on 38-of-72 shooting (16-of-31 from three-point range) over his last five games. Price scored six of OU's first 12 points of the game on 3-of-3 field goal shooting. He was 0-of-6 from three-point range today, the first time he hasn't scored a three-pointer this season. Price has made 15-of-15 free throws in his last four games, including 6-of-6 today. He has made 87 of his last 91 free throws. Price has led OU in scoring in eight straight games and 10 of OU's last 11 outings. He has scored in double figures in 28 of 29 games this season.

OU's Ebi Ere, playing with a broken bone in his left wrist, tallied his third double-digit scoring effort in the last five games with 17 points. Ere was a combined 1-of-12 from the field (1-of-5 from three-point range) in his last two games, but he answered tonight with a 6-of-12 effort (3-of-7 from three-point range).

OU's Kevin Bookout pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds, marking the fourth time the freshman has pulled down 10 or more boards. Bookout is averaging 8.5 rebounds in Big 12 Tournament action.

TTU's Andre Emmett scored 11 of TTU's first 13 points of the game on 5-of-6 field goal shooting.

TTU's Nathan Doudney was 5-of-6 from behind the arc last night, but missed his only both his three-point attempts today. He played just three minutes in the second half after recording 18 in the first half.

TTU's Ronald Ross had a career-high seven rebounds. He also scored seven points.

After scoring a game-high 13 points in the first 20 minutes, TTU's Kasib Powell was held scoreless in the second half until the 0:33 mark. He scored the last two baskets of regulation, tying the game at 56. He was 2-of-5 from the field in the second half after going 5-of-10 in the first half. He finished the game with 18 points.



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