Bedlam Battle in Norman Wednesday

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
FEBRUARY 21, 2012
  Carl Blair had 20 points and 10 rebounds at Oklahoma State Jan. 9.
 Oklahoma (13-13, 3-11) vs. Oklahoma State (13-14, 6-8)
 Date & Tip Time  Wednesday, Feb. 22, 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 94
 Live Stats GameTracker
 Game Info  Game Notes (PDF)

Oklahoma (13-13, 3-11) goes for its first win since Jan. 28 when it hosts Oklahoma State (13-14, 6-8) on Wednesday at 7 p.m. CT.  The Sooners, coming off an 80-69 road loss to Iowa State on Saturday, are 9-5 at Lloyd Noble Center but have lost four straight there.  The Cowboys beat Texas 90-78 Saturday to snap a two-game skid.  They are 1-6 in conference road games this year.

Wednesday’s contest will air on the Sooner Radio Network (KOKC AM 1520 in Oklahoma City; KTBZ AM 1430 in Tulsa; Sirius 94) with Toby Rowland and Mike Houck announcing.  The game will be televised by the Big 12 Network (KOCB Ch. 34 in OKC; KTUL Ch. 8 in Tulsa; ESPN Full Court) with Dave Armstrong and Reid Gettys 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 Wednesday.
• OU students may purchase a ticket for $5.

Five Things to Watch vs. Oklahoma State | Gameday Central | Tickets

• Oklahoma holds a 127-94 all-time advantage over OSU and is 79-26 against the Cowboys in Norman.  The Sooners have won nine of the last 15 overall meetings and each of the last seven at Lloyd Noble Center.
• Oklahoma State posted a 72-65 win over OU in Stillwater on Jan. 9, as the Sooners shot a season-low .324 from the field.  Carl Blair recorded 20 points, 10 rebounds and five assists (all personal OU highs) in 30 minutes off the bench.
• In its three Big 12 wins, Oklahoma has held opponents to .379 field goal shooting.  In OU’s 11 Big 12 losses, opponents are shooting .496 from the field.
• The junior trio of Steven Pledger, Andrew Fitzgerald and Romero Osby has accounted for 65 percent of the team’s points in Big 12 play (583 of 898) and 50 percent of its rebounds (209 of 422).
• Pledger (.488), Fitzgerald (.522) and Osby (.525) are shooting a combined .510 from the field at home.
• After combining to average 12.2 points over OU’s first 12 conference games, the trio of Cameron Clark (14.5), Tyler Neal (9.0) and Blair (6.0) is averaging 29.5 points over the last two outings.

• Oklahoma State enters Wednesday’s game with a 13-14 overall record and a 6-8 conference mark following its 90-78 home win over Texas on Saturday.  The Cowboys are 10-3 at home and 2-6 in true road games (1-6 in Big 12 road contests with their lone win coming at Texas Tech).
• OSU, which starts three freshmen, a sophomore and a senior, is shooting .428 from the field in Big 12 play (ranks fifth in Big 12), .297 from 3-point range (ranks last) and .801 from the free throw line (ranks first).  It ranks last in average rebounding margin (-8.4).
• Senior guard Keiton Page averages a team-high 15.7 points per game and is shooting a team-best .352 from 3-point range (team-high 70 makes).  He is coming off a career-high 40-point game against Texas in which he made just eight field goals.  He was 4-for-8 from 3-point range and 20-for-20 from the free throw line.  The 5-9, 165-pounder, who leads the Big 12 (conference games) with his 36.9 minutes per outing, ranks 11th in school history with 1,514 points and second with 266 3-pointers (school record is 279).
• Freshman forward Le’Bryan Nash ranks second on the team in scoring (13.4 ppg) and fourth in rebounding (4.9 rpg).  He has scored in double figures in each of the last 12 games and is averaging 15.6 points during the stretch.
• Sophomore guard Markel Brown contributes 10.7 points, 5.3 rebounds (ranks second on team), a team-high-tying 2.1 assists and a team-high 1.4 steals per game.  He is averaging 17.5 points over the last six contests (scored 30 at Texas Tech Jan. 31).
Travis Ford is in his fourth year as Oklahoma State’s head coach and owns a 78-51 record.  He’s in his 14th year overall.

 Sooner to Watch 

 Sam Grooms | Jr. | Guard
 • Leads Big 12 in assists (6.1 apg) and assist-to-turnover ratio (3.1)
 • Averaging 6.7 assists and just 1.8 turnovers in Big 12 play
 • Has recorded at least five assists in 19 of 26 games (each of last nine)
 • His two highest point totals have come over last four games (17 and 12)


Oklahoma owns a 127-94 series lead over Oklahoma State and is 79-26 against the Cowboys in Norman.  OU has won seven of the last 12 overall meetings and nine of the last 15.  OU is 17-17 against the Cowboys since the start of the Big 12 in 1996-97 (12-3 in Norman).  The Sooners have won seven straight in the series at home, and nine of the last 10.  OU won 64-61 last year at Lloyd Noble Center.

• Oklahoma shot a season-low .324 from the field and posted a .235 (4-for-17) mark from 3-point range in a 72-65 loss at Oklahoma State on Jan. 9. 
• The Sooners posted a 50-44 rebounding advantage and held the Cowboys to .386 field goal and .250 (5-for-20) 3-point shooting.  OSU outscored OU by 10 at the free throw line, however (the Cowboys went 23-for-30).
• Down 21-20, the Sooners watched OSU go on a 14-2 run over the final 4:30 of the first half to take a 35-22 lead.  OU got no closer than five points the rest of the way.
• Junior guard Carl Blair recorded OU career highs of 20 points, 10 rebounds and five steals in 30 minutes off the bench.
• Junior forward Romero Osby tied a career high with 18 points to go along with 10 rebounds (six offensive).  He was 8-for-17 from the field but made just one free throw on five attempts. 
• Junior guard Steven Pledger was held to nine points on 3-for-13 shooting.  It was the first time this year he failed to score 10 points.

• 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 16.8 points this year while shooting .463 from the field and .421 from long distance.  Pledger ranks third in the Big 12 in 3-pointers per game (2.6), fourth in scoring and sixth in field goal percentage, 3-point field goal percentage and free throw percentage (.844). The Dec. 19 and Jan. 30 Big 12 Player of the Week has scored in double figures in 22 of his 25 outings.  He has scored at least 20 points seven times after doing it three times all of last year, and has netted at least 15 points on nine other occasions. Pledger needs just 44 points to become the 38th player in OU history to score 1,000 in a career.  Only 28 players in school history reached 1,000 points prior to their fourth playing year.  He already ranks fifth (tied with Ryan Minor) at OU in career 3-point makes with 170.

• Sophomore guard Cameron Clark has had his two best offensive performances in Big 12 play the last two games, registering 13 points on 6-for-9 shooting against Texas last Tuesday and 16 points (his most in 19 games) on 8-for-14 shooting at Iowa State on Saturday.  He also averaged 5.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals last week.  Clark, who has started 55 of his 58 career games, had been held to single-digit scoring 12 times in 15 games prior to the last two performances.  He is averaging 8.2 points on .405 shooting this season after averaging 9.3 points on .474 shooting last year. 

• Junior point guard Sam Grooms leads the Big 12 in assists (6.1 apg) and assist-to-turnover ratio (3.1; ranks fifth nationally).  Only one other player in the Big 12 owns an assist-to-turnover ratio greater than 2.0 (Missouri’s Phil Pressey; 2.5).  Grooms has been on a tear of late, averaging 7.7 assists and just 1.7 turnovers (4.6 ratio) over the last nine games.  He has recorded at least five assists and no more than three turnovers in all nine of those outings.  Grooms, who has also posted his two highest scoring totals of the year in the last four games, has registered two or fewer turnovers 18 times in 26 contests, including nine of the last 10 outings.  Only one Sooner in the last 15 years averaged more assists for an entire season than Grooms’ current 6.1 average (6.9 by Terrell Everett in 2005-06).

• Junior forward Romero Osby ranks second in the Big 12 with his 2.8 offensive rebounds per game and ranks third with his 7.5 overall boards per outing.  He also ranks fourth 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 14.3 points over the last 12 games and has scored at least nine points in all 12 (including a career-high 19 points at No. 8 Kansas on Feb. 1).  His scoring surge can be partially attributed to his ability to get to the free throw line.  Osby has 73 free throw attempts over the last 12 games (6.1 average), more than twice as many as the next highest total on the team during the span (31 attempts by Steven Pledger).

• Junior forward Andrew Fitzgerald has scored in double figures in 18 of the last 21 games but not in either of the last two.  After averaging 14.7 points on .506 shooting over a 19-game stretch, he averaged 4.0 points on 4-for-12 shoting last week against Texas and Iowa State.  Fitzgerald, who poured in a career-high 27 points Feb. 4 against Iowa State when he drained a career-high 11 field goals on 19 attempts, ranks second on the team in scoring (12.7 ppg) and rebounding (4.8 rpg).  He has almost as many offensive boards (62) as defensive (63).

Oklahoma plays at Baylor on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. CT.  The game will be televised by the Big 12 Network.



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