Men's Basketball at Iowa State Saturday

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
FEBRUARY 17, 2012

  Sam Grooms leads the Big 12 in assists and assist-to-turnover ratio.
 Oklahoma (13-12, 3-10) at Iowa State (18-8, 8-5)
 Date & Tip Time  Saturday, Feb. 18, at 12:47 p.m. CT
 Location  Ames, Iowa | Hilton Coliseum
 Tickets  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
 Live Stats
 Game Info  Game Notes (PDF)

Looking to snap a five-game losing streak, Oklahoma (13-12, 3-10) goes back to the site of last year’s lone road win when it plays at Iowa State (18-8, 8-5) on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. CT.  The Sooners, coming off a 69-58 home loss to Texas on Tuesday, are 1-6 in true road games this season.  The Cyclones have lost two of their last three outings after winning five of their previous six.  They are 13-2 at home on the year.

Saturday’s contest will air on the Sooner Radio Network (KOKC AM 1520 in Oklahoma City; KTBZ AM 1430 in Tulsa) 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 Chad McKee and Rich Zvosec calling the action. 

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• Oklahoma holds a 110-78 all-time advantage over Iowa State and is 37-45 against the Cyclones in Ames.  The Sooners have won five of the last six overall meetings and each of the last two at Hilton Coliseum.

• Iowa State posted a 77-70 win over OU in Norman on Feb. 4 with the help of 15-for-30 3-point shooting.  The Cyclones’ 15 treys were an OU opponent record.

• Last year in Ames, OU’s Steven Pledger scored 12 of his career-high 38 points in overtime and led the Sooners to an 82-76 win (their only road win of the season).  He was 7-for-13 from 3-point range and scored 17 of the Sooners’ final 21 points.  The 38 points were fifth most by a guard in OU history.

• A win Saturday would be the Sooners’ 14th this season, matching last season’s total and surpassing the previous year’s 13 victories.

• In its three Big 12 wins, Oklahoma has held opponents to .379 field goal shooting.  In OU’s 10 Big 12 losses, opponents are shooting .494 from the field.

• The junior trio of Pledger, Andrew Fitzgerald and Romero Osby has accounted for 68 percent of the team’s points in Big 12 play (564 of 829) and 49 percent of its rebounds (193 of 395).

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 Steven Pledger | Jr. | Guard
 • Has scored in double figures in 22 of his 24 games on the season
 • Has registered seven outings of at least 20 points this year
 • Ranks fourth in Big 12 in scoring (17.8 ppg) and second in 3-pointers per game (2.7)
 • Scored a career-high 38 points last year at Iowa State (made seven 3-pointers)


Oklahoma owns a 110-78 all-time series lead against Iowa State and is 37-45 in games played in Ames.  The Sooners have won five of the last six meetings over the Cyclones and nine of the last 12, including the last two in Ames and three of the last five there.  OU is 12-6 against Iowa State since the start of the Big 12 Conference (4-4 at Hilton Coliseum).

• After going 16-16 overall and 3-13 in the Big 12 last season, Iowa State is off to an 18-8 start this year and is in fourth place in the league race with an 8-5 mark (one game behind Baylor and one game ahead of Texas).  The Cyclones are 13-2 at home with their two defeats coming to Northern Iowa (69-62) and Missouri (76-69).

• One of the most dangerous 3-point shooting teams in the country, the Cyclones lead the Big 12 with their 8.8 treys per game.  They are one of only two squads in the nation to have four players each with at least 40 makes from behind the arc.

• Sophomore forward Royce White is the only player in the nation to lead his team in points (13.2), rebounds (9.2), assists (4.8), blocks (1.1) and steals (1.2).  The 6-8, 270-pounder ranks second in the Big 12 with seven double-doubles, and recorded the fourth triple-double in school history with his 10 points, 18 rebounds and 10 assists Feb. 7 at Texas A&M.

• Senior guards Chris Allen (12.3) and Scott Christopherson (10.8) also average double figures in scoring.  Allen, a transfer from Michigan State, has made 59 treys and is shooting .383 from long range (ranks second in Big 12 play with his .407 mark).  He was held to three points Monday at Baylor after averaging 23.5 the previous two games against Oklahoma State and Texas A&M (was 11-for-18 from deep).  Christopherson, a transfer from Marquette, has 42 3-point makes and is shooting .429 from behind the arc.

• Junior guard Chris Babb, another long-range threat, contributes 8.8 points per game.  The Penn State transfer has a team-high 56 makes from 3-point range and is shooting .348 from deep.  He is 4-for-17 (.235) from behind the arc over the last three games.

Fred Hoiberg is in his second year as a collegiate head coach and owns a 34-24 record.  He was a 1995 third-team All-American at Iowa State and is the school’s third-leading all-time scorer (1,993 points).  The Ames native played 10 years in the NBA.

• Iowa State hit an Oklahoma-opponent-record 15 3-pointers on 30 attempts and held on for a 77-70 road win Feb. 4, snapping the Sooners’ five-game winning streak over the Cyclones.  OU had won seven straight against ISU in Norman.

• Six Cyclones made at least one 3-pointer and five made at least two.  Chris Babb, who was 5-for-28 from long distance over the previous six games, went 4-for-7.

• Oklahoma held just three leads in the game, each in the first half and each by one point.  The Cyclones scored on their ensuing possession all three times to go back on top.  After trailing by 10 (50-40), the Sooners rallied to tie the game at 56 with 7:49 remaining but were outscored 21-14 the rest of the way. 

• Junior forwards Andrew Fitzgerald and Romero Osby teamed to score 44 of OU’s 70 points on 17-for-28 (.607) shooting.  Fitzgerald was 11-for-19 from the field and finished with a career-high 27 points (previous high was 22).  Osby was 6-for-9 from the floor and tallied 17 points.  It was his seventh performance of at least 15 points in the last eight outings.

• Sophomore guard Cameron Clark’s 11 rebounds tied a career high and were his most since the first game of his collegiate career.

• Junior point guard Sam Grooms handed out nine assists (one shy of his career high) against just two turnovers.

• Iowa State sophomore Melvin Ejim recorded team highs of 21 points and nine rebounds in his 28 minutes.

Forwards Andrew Fitzgerald, Barry Honoré and Tyler Neal were each named to the Academic All-Big 12 Men’s Basketball Team on Thursday as members of the second team.  They were among 20 league honorees (11 first-team, nine second-team).  It was the first such honor for each of the three.

• 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 .474 from the field and .432 from long distance.  Pledger ranks second in the Big 12 in 3-pointers per game (2.7), fourth in 3-point field goal percentage, fourth in scoring, fifth in free throw percentage (.849) and seventh in field goal percentage.

• The Dec. 19 and Jan. 30 Big 12 Player of the Week, Pledger has scored in double figures in 22 of his 24 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 has already made 32 more field goals (144) in 24 games this year than he did in 32 games last season (112).  He has played 204 fewer minutes this season than last.

• Pledger needs just 51 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.

Junior point guard Sam Grooms leads the Big 12 in assists (6.2 apg) and assist-to-turnover ratio (3.1; ranks fourth nationally).  He has been on a tear of late, averaging 8.0 assists and just 1.6 turnovers (4.9 ratio) over the last eight games.  He has recorded at least six assists and no more than three turnovers in all eight of those outings.  Grooms, who scored a career-high 17 points against Missouri three games ago, has registered two or fewer turnovers 17 times in 25 games, including eight of the last nine outings.  Only one Sooner in the last 15 years averaged more assists for an entire season than Grooms’ current 6.2 average (6.9 by Terrell Everett in 2005-06).

Oklahoma returns home to host Oklahoma State on Wednesday at 7 p.m. CT.  The game will be televised by the Big 12 Network.



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