OU at Texas Tech Preview

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
FEBRUARY 10, 2012
  Sam Grooms has 50 assists and nine turnovers the last seven games.
 Oklahoma (13-10, 3-8) at Texas Tech (7-16, 0-11)
 Date & Tip Time  Saturday, Feb. 11, at 7:07 p.m. CT
 Location  Lubbock, Texas | United Spirit Arena
 Tickets  OU Athletics Ticket Office

 Texas Tech Sports Network
(carried by Sooner Sports Network)
KAUT Ch. 43 in Oklahoma City
 Cox 3/703 in Tulsa
 FS Oklahoma
 ESPN Full Court

 Radio  Sooner Radio Network 
 KOKC 1520 AM in Oklahoma City
 KTBZ 1430 AM in Tulsa
 Webcast  watchespn.com
 Live Stats  GameTracker
 Game Info  Game Notes (PDF)

Oklahoma (13-10, 3-8) tries to stop a three-game losing streak when it visits Texas Tech (7-16, 0-11) on Saturday at 7 p.m. CT.  The Sooners, who lost 71-68 to fourth-ranked Missouri on Monday, are 1-4 on the road in Big 12 play and are tied with Texas A&M for eighth place in the league race.  The Red Raiders, coming off a 65-46 loss at Kansas State on Tuesday, went 6-0 at home in non-conference play but are 0-5 in league action at United Spirit Arena.

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 Texas Tech Sports Network with Brian Jensen and John Harris calling the action.  It will be carried by the Sooner Sports Network (KAUT Ch. 43 in OKC; Cox Channel 3 in Tulsa), FS Oklahoma and ESPN Full Court. 

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• Oklahoma holds a 31-19 all-time advantage over Texas Tech but trails 12-10 in Lubbock.  The Sooners have won seven of the last 10 overall meetings, but have lost six of the last 10 in Lubbock, including each of the last two.

• A win Saturday would be the Sooners’ second on the road in Big 12 play this season, more than they totaled the last two seasons combined (won last year at Iowa State).  Also, a victory would be OU’s 14th of the year, matching last season’s total and surpassing the previous year’s 13 wins.

• In the first OU-Texas Tech meeting Jan. 17 in Norman, the Sooners posted a 64-55 win despite shooting just .389 from the field and going 1-for-11 (.091) from 3-point range.  OU held the Red Raiders to .326 field goal shooting and outscored them 22-7 off turnovers.

• The junior trio Steven Pledger, Andrew Fitzgerald and Romero Osby has accounted for 69 percent of the team’s points in Big 12 play (500 of 724) and 50 percent of its rebounds (166 of 334).

• OU is the only school in the Big 12 with three players ranked in the top 15 in scoring in league play.  Pledger averages 16.8 points a game (ranks seventh) and is followed by Fitzgerald (14.6; ranks 11th) and Osby (14.0; 14th).

• OU has been held to an average of 3.7 3-point makes in Big 12 play and Pledger has 31 of the  team’s 41 conversions (76 percent).  The players with the next two highest percentages of their team’s 3-pointers in conference play are Texas’ J’Covan Brown (48 percent) and Oklahoma State’s Keiton Page (46 percent).  OU’s Big 12 opponents have made more than twice as many 3-pointers (85) as the Sooners.

 Sooner to Watch 

 Steven Pledger | Jr. | Guard
 • Has scored in double figures in 21 of his 22 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 first in 3-pointers per game (2.8)
 • Needs just 73 points to become 38th Sooner to score 1,000 in a career


Oklahoma owns a 31-19 series lead over Texas Tech and has won seven of the last 10 meetings.  However, OU is 10-12 against the Red Raiders in Lubbock and has lost six of the last 10 meetings there, including each of the last two.  Since the start of the Big 12 in 1996-97, OU is 22-11 against Texas Tech (9-6 in Lubbock).  The Sooners posted a 4-2 record against Texas Tech head coach Billy Gillispie while he was head coach at Texas A&M.

• Under the first-year direction of former UTEP, Texas A&M and Kentucky head coach Billy Gillispie, Texas Tech is the only Big 12 team with a losing record this season (7-16).  The Red Raiders went 7-5 in non-conference play but are 0-11 in Big 12 action.  Tech has lost each of its five conference home games by double digits.  Its average margin of defeat in Big 12 home games (22.2 points) is actually 9.0 points higher than its average margin of defeat in league road games (13.2).

• In conference play, Texas Tech ranks last in scoring (53.5 ppg), last in field goal percentage (.377), seventh in 3-point field goal percentage (.336) and sixth in free throw percentage (.700).

• Freshman forward Jordan Tolbert leads the team in scoring (13.5 ppg), rebounding (6.1 rpg) and field goal percentage (.541).  His 98 field goals are 30 more than the Red Raider with the second highest total.  Tolbert, who has five performances of at least 20 points on the year and averaged 24.3 during a four-game December stretch, is averaging 8.0 points on .362 shooting in Big 12 play.

• Junior guard Ty Nurse ranks second on the team with his 8.7 points per game.  He was held to two points Tuesday at Kansas State but averaged 14.3 points over the three previous outings.  Nurse leads the squad with his 31 treys and is shooting .365 from behind the arc and .911 (51-for-56) from the free throw line.

• Sophomore guard Javarez Willis averages 8.0 points and 2.1 assists per outing, but has been held scoreless in each of the last two outings (both starts) in a total of 20 minutes of playing time (0-for-4 shooting).

• Gillispie is in his eighth year as a collegiate head coach and owns a 147-101 career record.

• Oklahoma survived .389 field goal shooting and a 1-for-11 performance from 3-point range in a 64-55 home win over Texas Tech on Jan. 17.  OU’s field goal performance was its worst in victory since the season opener (shot .365 in win over Idaho State).

• Ahead 48-47, the Sooners outscored Texas Tech 16-8 over the final 3:30 to seal the win.  They held the Red Raiders to .326 field goal shooting, the second worst mark by Tech on the year and the second worst by an OU opponent.

• Oklahoma forced 21 Texas Tech turnovers (15 in the first half) and outscored the Red Raiders 22-7 off turnovers.

• Junior forward Romero Osby went 7-for-8 from the foul line in the final 1:09 and finished with 15 points, a team-high eight rebounds and a career-high five blocked shots. 

• Junior guard Steven Pledger scored a game-high 17 points thanks to 5-for-7 shooting from 2-point range and a 4-for-4 effort at the free throw line.  He struggled from 3-point distance, going 1-for-6.

• Junior forward Andrew Fitzgerald netted 13 points and added four rebounds before fouling out.

• Texas Tech’s Javarez Willis scored a team-high 16 points on 5-for-9 field goal and 4-for-6 3-point shooting while Jaye Crockett came off the bench to record 14 points and 10 boards in 21 minutes.

• 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 17.8 points this year while shooting .482 from the field and .456 from long distance.  Pledger leads the Big 12 in 3-pointers per game (2.8) and ranks third in 3-point field goal percentage, fourth in free throw percentage (.861) 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 21 of his 22 outings (held to nine Jan. 9 at OSU).  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 eight other occasions.

• Pledger has already made 22 more field goals (134) in 22 games this year than he did in 32 games last season (112).  He has played 271 fewer minutes this season than last.

• Pledger needs just 73 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 seventh at OU in career 3-point makes with 168.  He needs one trey to tie Mookie Blaylock (1988-89) for sixth and two to tie Ryan Minor (1993-96) for fifth.

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



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