|Cameron Clark averaged 20.5 points in OU's first two games against Baylor|
|No. 10 Seed Oklahoma (13-17, 5-11) vs. No. 7 Seed Baylor (18-12, 7-9)|
|Date & Tip Time||Wednesday, March 9 at 6 p.m. CT|
|Location||Kansas City, Mo. | Spirit Center (18,758)|
|Tickets||OU Athletics Ticket Office|
Big 12 Network
|Radio|| Sooner Radio Network
KRXO FM 107.7 in Oklahoma City
KTBZ AM 1430 in Tulsa
|Live Stats||SoonerSports.com GameTracker|
|Game Info||Game Notes (PDF)|
WEDNESDAY'S GAME BASICS
The Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship’s No. 10 seed, Oklahoma (13-17 overall, 5-11 Big 12) plays No. 7 seed Baylor (18-12, 7-9) for the first time in the event on Wednesday at 6 p.m. CT inside Kansas City’s Sprint Center. The Sooners are coming off a 64-61 win over Oklahoma State on Saturday while Baylor lost 60-54 to Texas the same day. Wednesday’s game will air on the Sooner Radio Network (KRXO 107.7 FM in Oklahoma City; KTBZ 1430 AM in Tulsa) with Bob Barry and Mike Houck announcing. It will be televised by the Big 12 Network (KOCB Ch. 34 in Oklahoma City; KJRH-DT2 in Tulsa; ESPN Full Court) with Dave Armstrong and Reid Gettys calling the action.
OKLAHOMA AND THE BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP
• Oklahoma sports a 19-11 (.633) Big 12 Championship record, the league’s second best mark (Kansas is 28-7).
• OU has won three Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship titles (2001, 2002, 2003). Its first two titles came in Kansas City (Kemper Arena).
• This marks just the fifth time in 15 Big 12 Championships that Oklahoma has not earned a first-round bye. OU has won at least one game in 10 of the previous 14 years.
• The Sooners have played in five of the 14 Big 12 title games.
• Only Kansas (28 wins and seven titles) has more total tournament wins and championships than OU (19 victories and three crowns).
• Oklahoma holds a 36-8 series lead against Baylor and has won 31 of the last 34 meetings. The teams split this year’s regular season series (OU lost 74-61 in Waco on Jan. 11 and won 73-66 in Norman on Feb. 2). Wednesday’s game will mark the first matchup between the programs in the Big 12 Championship.
• The Sooners are 3-2 at Kansas City’s Sprint Center. They went 1-1 in the 2008 Big 12 Championship and 0-1 in last year’s event, and beat Morgan State and Michigan in the 2009 NCAA Tournament first and second rounds.
• Oklahoma ranks second in the number of Big 12 Championship victories (19) and titles (three). Only Kansas has more of each (28 and seven).
• With just two players on the active roster taller than 6-7, guards have accounted for 67 percent of the team’s points this year.
• Senior Cade Davis and sophomore Andrew Fitzgerald were honorable mention All-Big 12 picks. Davis ranks first on the team in scoring (13.8) and second in rebounding (5.1), while Fitzgerald ranks first in rebounding (5.2) and second in scoring (12.9).
• In their five Big 12 wins, the Sooners averaged 27.0 free throw attempts per game. In their 11 league losses, they averaged just 15.6 attempts.
• Freshmen and sophomores have accounted for 71 percent of OU’s points this year. The Sooners have one senior in Davis.
• After a five-game stretch in which he scored in double figures once, Davis has scored at least 13 points in each of the last six outings and is averaging 19.5 points and 5.7 rebounds during the stretch. He has led the Sooners in scoring in each of the last five outings (performances of 21, 21, 19, 21 and 22 points) and has accounted for 35 percent of the team’s points in those contests. Thirty-three percent of his free throw attempts on the season have come over the last five games (36 of 108).
• In OU’s conference wins, sophomore guard Steven Pledger and freshman guard Cameron Clark paced the team by averaging 16.8 and 15.0 points, respectively (combined to shoot 50.0 percent from the field). In the team’s conference losses, Clark averaged 7.5 points and Pledger 7.4 (combined to shoot 35.6 percent).
• Five Sooners averaged double figures in scoring in Oklahoma’s Big 12 victories (16.8 by Pledger, 15.0 by Clark, 14.8 by Davis, 12.2 by sophomore point guard Carl Blair and 11.0 by Fitzgerald). Only Davis (14.2) and Fitzgerald (12.9) averaged more than 10 points in OU’s Big 12 defeats. The Sooners averaged 15.5 more points per league win (73.8) than per league loss (58.3).
• Thanks to a recent offensive outburst, lone senior Cade Davis leads the team in scoring (13.8 ppg) and ranks second in rebounding (5.1 rpg), assists (1.9 apg) and steals (1.0 spg). The guard is averaging 20.8 points and 5.2 rebounds over the last five games after averaging 8.6 points and 4.0 boards over the previous five outings. Davis, who has led the Sooners in scoring in each of their last five games and in rebounding in 10 of his last 16 games, stands fifth on OU’s career treys list with 176.
• Sophomore forward Andrew Fitzgerald has scored at least 15 points 12 times this season, including seven times in OU’s 16 conference games. He ranks second on the the team with his 12.9 points per outing on the year and leads with his 5.2 rebounds per contest. Fitzgerald boasts the team’s highest field goal percentage (among players with at least 50 attempts) at .487. Over the last five games, though, he’s shooting .349 (15-for-43) and is averaging 9.2 points. His .740 free throw percentage is up significantly from last year (.638).
• Sophomore guard Steven Pledger snapped out of a four-game scoring slump (he averaged 4.0 points) by netting 11 off the bench in OU’s Saturday win over Oklahoma State. In 10 games since a career-high 38-point effort at Iowa State on Jan. 29 in which he registered career highs in field goals (12), 3-point field goals (7) and free throw makes (7), Pledger is averaging 8.0 points on .317 shooting. He has scored in double figures in 11 of OU’s 13 wins and is averaging a team-high 15.8 points in the team’s victories (compared to 7.4 in losses). He is shooting .420 from 3-point range in wins (.303 in defeats).
• Since a nine-game stretch from Dec. 30 through Feb. 2 in which he averaged 14.7 points and 5.4 rebounds (OU went 6-3), freshman Cameron Clark has seen his production drop. The guard has been held to single digits in six of the last nine games and is averaging 7.3 points and 3.6 rebounds during the stretch (eight losses). In OU’s wins, Clark is averaging 13.3 points while shooting .541 from the field and .447 from 3-point range (17-for-38). In losses, he’s averaging 6.5 points while shooting .408 from the field and .240 from deep (6-for-25).
• One of the Big 12’s top assists men, sophomore point guard Carl Blair has started 23 of his 28 games this year, including each of the last 20. Blair ranks fifth in the league with his 4.4 assists per contest (third in Big 12 games with 4.6 per game) and has led OU in the category in 17 of the last 22 outings. He scored in double figures five times during a seven-game stretch (Jan. 18 through Feb. 5), but has been held to single digits in seven of the last eight games.
• One of OU’s first players off the bench, junior forward C.J. Washington is shooting .704 from the field (19-for-27) over the last 18 games. On the year, Washington leads OU in rebounds per minute (averaging 10.6 per 40 minutes).
• Freshman forward Tyler Neal has seen a major increase in playing time the last nine games and has responded nicely. The Oklahoma City product is averaging 5.7 points and 3.4 rebounds in 18.0 minutes per contest during the stretch (he averaged 2.0 points and 1.7 rebounds in OU’s first seven Big 12 games). Neal played a career-high 28 minutes Feb. 23 at Texas A&M and followed with 25 minutes against Kansas and 24 at Texas Tech. He has started six times on the year, including each of the last three games.
• Baylor enters Wednesday’s game with an 18-12 overall record and a 7-9 Big 12 mark (tied with Nebraska for seventh place) following its 60-54 home loss to Texas on Saturday. Ranked as high as No. 9 in the AP poll on Dec. 13, the Bears started the year with a 7-0 record and are 11-12 since. They have lost five of their last seven games.
• In Big 12 play, Baylor shot .459 from the field (ranked second in the league), .365 from 3-point range (sixth) and .708 from the free throw line (eighth). It ranked seventh in conference games with a -0.2 average rebounding margin.
• The Bears gave up 68.2 points per league game (fifth fewest) while allowing opponents to shoot .433 from the field (fourth best defensive mark) and .338 from 3-point range (third best mark).
• Senior guard LaceDarius Dunn leads three Bears who score in double figures. Dunn averages a Big 12-high 19.8 points per game on the season to go along with averages of 3.7 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.4 steals. He leads the conference with his 3.3 treys per contest and is shooting .364 from behind the arc. Dunn became the Big 12’s all-time leading scorer Saturday (2,274 career points).
• Freshman forward Perry Jones averages 13.9 points and 7.2 rebounds per contest while shooting .549 from the field. In Big 12 play, he averaged 15.6 points and 6.9 boards while shooting .559 from the floor (scored at least 20 points five times).
• Junior forward Quincy Acy contributes 12.1 points and a team-high 7.4 rebounds per game. Acy, who is shooting .530 from the field, has come off the bench each of the last 13 games (averaging 11.0 points and 7.1 boards in 29.2 minutes during the stretch).
Oklahoma owns a 36-8 series advantage against Baylor and had won 30 straight meetings prior to last year (the Bears have won three of the last four). OU is 27-3 against the Bears since the inception of the Big 12 Conference, but has never played them in the Big 12 Championship. Jeff Capel is 7-3 versus Baylor as the Sooners’ head coach.
JAN. 11 AGAINST BAYLOR
• In the teams’ first meeting on Jan. 11 in Waco, Baylor shot an Oklahoma-opponent-season-high .622 from the field and posted a 44-24 advantage in paint points en route to a 74-61 win. The Sooners, who shot .418 from the field on the night, trailed 36-23 before scoring the final nine points of the first half (they hit 3-pointers on the last three possessions) and the first two of the second half to draw within 36-34. OU trailed by just three (49-46) with 11:30 remaining and by five (62-57) with 5:30 left before Baylor ended the game on a 12-4 run.
• Sophomore guard Steven Pledger scored a team-high 17 points with the help of a then-season-high five 3-pointers on 10 attempts. He added two rebounds, two assists and a season-high-tying three steals while playing all 40 minutes. Freshman guard Cameron Clark, who also played the entire game, contributed 16 points, four boards, a then-career-high three assists and two steals. Sophomore point guard Carl Blair finished with 10 points, a game-high six assists and three steals in 38 minutes.
• Oklahoma played without senior guard Cade Davis, whose grandmother passed away earlier in the day.
• Baylor freshman forward Perry Jones scored a game-high 25 points on 10-for-13 shooting and grabbed seven rebounds. Senior guard LaceDarius Dunn scored 16 points while junior forward Quincy Acy added 15 points and eight boards.
FEB. 2 AGAINST BAYLOR
• Oklahoma used a 24-3 second-half run over an 11-minute stretch to post a 73-66 home win over Baylor in a rare weekday afternoon game Feb. 2 after the originally scheduled contest (slated for the night before) was postponed due to a winter storm. Down 50-43, the Sooners held Baylor scoreless for 11 straight possessions and ran off 10 straight points of their own for a 53-50 lead. After a Baylor field goal, OU went on a 14-1 run to go up 67-53 with 4:49 to go and went on to win its fourth straight game.
• Freshman guard Cameron Clark scored 25 points (one shy of his career high) and added seven rebounds, two assists and two steals while playing all 40 minutes. Clark was 11-for-19 from the field (both career highs) and scored OU’s first seven points of the game.
• Sophomore Carl Blair turned in perhaps his best game as a Sooner, finishing with 19 points (his most in an OU uniform), five rebounds, seven assists and three steals. The point guard was 6-for-9 from the field and 6-for-7 from the free throw line. Sophomore guard Steven Pledger played the entire game and finished with 10 points and a career-high-tying six assists.
• The Sooners outrebounded Baylor 33-29 (one of just two Big 12 opponents OU outboarded on the year). The Bears entered the game with a +7.4 rebounding margin on the year. OU had been outrebounded in each of its first six conference games.
• Perry Jones led Baylor with 19 points and seven rebounds while Anthony Jones added 16 points and LaceDarius Dunn 15.
SATURDAY’S OKLAHOMA STATE RECAP
• Senior Cade Davis scored a game-high 22 points in his final game at Lloyd Noble Center to propel Oklahoma to a 64-61 win over Oklahoma State on Saturday in the regular season finale for both teams. Davis was 6-for-12 from the field and 10-for-13 from the free throw line (career highs) while adding a team-high six rebounds and three assists in playing all 40 minutes.
• Freshman guard Cameron Clark, who didn’t score against the Cowboys in Stillwater on Feb. 5, finished with 15 points on 4-for-9 field goal and 6-for-7 free throw shooting (career highs in makes and attempts). He added four rebounds without a turnover in his 38 minutes.
• Sophomore guard Steven Pledger came off the bench to contribute 11 points, his most in five games. Pledger was 3-for-6 from 3-point range with two of those treys coming in the game’s final 6:45. He was OU’s only bench player to score.
BARRY CALLING IT A CAREER
This season is the final one on the microphone for longtime OU radio play-by-play announcer Bob Barry. In his 50th year of announcing, the 80-year-old Barry began his career at OU in 1961. He called Oklahoma State games from 1973 to 1990 before returning to the OU mic in 1991. Barry was recognized at halftime of the Sooners’ home game against Oklahoma State on Saturday.
If the Sooners beat Baylor, they’ll play No. 2 seed Texas on Thursday at 6 p.m. CT. The game will be televised by the Big 12 Network.