OU vs. Baylor Preview

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
JANUARY 23, 2012

  Carl Blair averaged 14.3 points and 8.0 assists last year against Baylor.
 Oklahoma (12-6, 2-4) vs. No. 6/7 Baylor (17-2, 4-2)
 Date & Tip Time  Tuesday, Jan. 24, 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 93, XM 191
 Webcast  WatchESPN.com
 Live Stats  SoonerSports.com GameTracker
 Game Info  Game Notes (PDF)

Oklahoma (12-6 overall, 2-4 Big 12) returns home from an 81-75 overtime loss at Texas A&M Saturday to take on No. 6/7 Baylor (17-2, 4-2) Tuesday at 7 p.m. CT.  The Sooners are 9-1 at home this year and are in a three-way tie for sixth place in the Big 12, while the Bears, who have lost two straight following a 17-0 start, are 4-1 in true road games and tied with Iowa State for third place in the league.

Tuesday's contest will air on the Sooner Radio Network (KOKC AM 1520 in Oklahoma City; KTBZ AM 1430 in Tulsa; Sirius 93, XM 191) with Toby Rowland and Mike Houck announcing.  The game will be televised regionally by the Big 12 Network (KOCB Ch. 34 in OKC; KTUL Ch. 8 in Tulsa; ESPN Full Court) with Doug Bell and Bryndon Manzer 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 Tuesday.
• OU students may purchase a ticket for $5.

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• Oklahoma holds a 37-8 all-time series lead against Baylor (won 32 of last 35) and is 18-3 versus the Bears in Norman.  The Sooners have won 17 of the last 18 meetings at Lloyd Noble Center (Baylor won 70-63 at OU in 2009-10 season).

• OU's top three scorers -- Steven Pledger (.509), Andrew Fitzgerald (.532) and Romero Osby (.538) -- are shooting a combined .525 from the field at Lloyd Noble Center this year and have teamed for a .835 free throw mark.  The trio has accounted for 55 percent of the team's points at home.

• The Sooners own a +15.1 average scoring margin in home games.  They are shooting .464 from the field, .393 from 3-point range and .767 from the free throw line in those outings.  Opponents are shooting .391, .277 and .663, respectively.

• Out of 338 Division I teams, OU ranks No. 14 nationally in offensive rebounds per game (14.7), No. 23 in total rebounds per game (39.2), No. 30 in free throw percentage (.743).

• Oklahoma has been superb at the free throw line in Big 12 play with its .769 mark (ranks second).  Pledger (20-for-20), Cameron Clark (16-for-19) and Carl Blair (16-for-19) are a combined 52-for-58 (.897) at the stripe.  They each rank in the league's top 10 (Pledger ranks first).

• Clark (17.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists) and Blair (14.3, 4.0, 8.0) combined to average 31.3 points, 10.0 rebounds and 10.0 assists in three games against Baylor last year (two OU wins).

• After posting a 17-0 record to start the season and climbing to No. 3 in the national polls (both school bests), Baylor lost both of its games last week to top-10 opponents.  The Bears, now ranked sixth in the AP poll, fell 92-74 at then-No. 7 Kansas and 89-88 at home to then-No. 5 Missouri.  They are 7-1 away from home (4-1 in true road games) and are tied with Iowa State for third place in the Big 12 at 4-2.

• One of the top offensive teams in the league, Baylor ranks second in points per game (78.2), second in field goal percentage (.493), first in 3-point field goal percentage (.410) and third in free throw percentage (.734).

• Sophomore forward Perry Jones III leads five Baylor players averaging double figures in points.  He averages team highs of 13.7 points and 7.2 rebounds per game, and is shooting .547 from the field.  He was held to eight points and four boards vs. Missouri. 

• Freshman forward Quincy Miller averages 12.9 points a game to lead all Big 12 freshmen.  In league play, Miller averages a team-high 17.0 points to go along with 4.8 rebounds.  He is coming off a career-high 29-point effort against Missouri.

• Senior forward Quincy Acy (12.7), junior guard Pierre Jackson (12.6) and sophomore guard Brady Heslip (10.1) also average double figures in scoring.  Acy ranks second on the squad with his 6.9 rebounds per game, Jackson ranks second in the Big 12 with his 5.9 assists per outing (had 15 Saturday vs. Missouri) and Heslip leads the league with his 2.8 treys per game (shooting .469).

Scott Drew is in his ninth year as Baylor's head coach and owns a 144-118 (.550) record at the school.

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 Romero Osby | Jr. | Forward
 • Has scored a career-high 18 points in four of the last seven games
 • Averaging 11.9 points and team-high 8.1 rebounds per contest
 • Ranks third in Big 12 in rebounds per game and first in offensive boards per game (3.1)
 • Averaging 17.3 points over the last four games on .619 field goal shooting


Oklahoma owns a 37-8 series advantage against Baylor and has won 32 of the last 35 meetings (included a streak of 30 straight wins that was snapped two years ago).  The Sooners possess an 18-3 series lead in games played in Norman and have won 17 of the last 18 there (BU won 70-63 in 2010).  OU is 28-3 against the Bears since the inception of the Big 12 Conference and boasts a +20.4 average scoring margin in the 15 games played in Norman.

Oklahoma and Baylor met three times last season, with the Sooners taking two of those contests.  The Bears won the first meeting in Waco, 74-61, with the help of .622 field goal shooting.  OU won the regular season rematch in Norman, 73-66, behind 25 points and seven rebounds from Cameron Clark.  In the Big 12 Championship first round, the 10th-seeded Sooners handed the seventh-seeded Bears a sound 84-67 defeat as Carl Blair registered 14 points, six rebounds and 11 assists.  Clark averaged 17.0 points (on .525 field goal shooting), 6.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists in the three games while Blair averaged 14.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, 8.0 assists and 2.3 steals.  Steven Pledger averaged 12.3 points and 3.3 assists in the three meetings, and went 9-for-22 (.409) from 3-point range.  Baylor's Perry Jones III averaged 22.0 points and 7.0 rebounds over the first two games (did not play in third), while Quincy Acy averaged 15.7 points and 9.7 boards over the three outings.  Jones and Acy shot a combined .635 from the field.

• 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 17.2 points this year while shooting .473 from the field and .436 from long distance.  Pledger ranks fourth in the Big 12 in scoring, free throw percentage (.900; 10th nationally) and 3-pointers per game (2.6), and sixth in field goal percentage and 3-point field goal percentage.

• Pledger has scored in double figures in 16 of his 17 outings (held to nine Jan. 9 at Oklahoma State).  He has scored at least 20 points five times after doing it three times all of last season, and has netted at least 15 points on six other occasions.

• Pledger has made 97 field goals this year, already putting him at 87 percent of last year's total (112).

• Junior forward Andrew Fitzgerald has scored in double figures in each of the last 13 games (averaging 15.2 points during the stretch on .522 shooting) after doing it just twice in OU's first five outings (averaged 8.4 points on .400 shooting).  He has scored at least 17 points in five of the last nine outings, including a season-high 21 Jan. 14 against Kansas State when he made a career-high nine field goals on 10 attempts.  Fitzgerald leads the team and ranks ninth in the Big 12 with his 15.3 scoring average in league play.  He also ranks third in the Big 12 (all games) with his .498 field goal percentage.

• Junior point guard Sam Grooms ranks No. 4 in the Big 12 in assists (5.4) and No. 2 in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.6).  He has recorded one or zero turnovers eight times in 18 games and ranks second on the team in minutes (30.3).  Only one Sooner in the last 15 years averaged more assists per game for an entire season than Grooms' current 5.4 average (6.9 by Terrell Everett in 2005-06).

• Junior forward Romero Osby leads the Big 12 with his 3.1 offensive rebounds per game and ranks third with his 8.1 overall boards per outing.  He is also tied for second with five double-doubles.  He has recorded at least 10 rebounds on seven 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 17.3 points and 7.3 rebounds over the last four games (shooting .619 from the field during the stretch).  He has scored a career-high 18 points in four of the last seven outings, including Saturday's loss at Texas A&M.

• Junior guard Carl Blair has scored 36 of his 76 points this season (47 percent) over the last five games, although he has gone scoreless each of the last two.  He averaged 3.1 points over OU's first 13 games but averaged 12.0 points over the next three.  Blair ranks third in the Big 12 (league games) with his 2.2 steals per contest.  He has started the last three games (lone starts since season opener) after recording personal OU career highs of 20 points, 10 rebounds and five steals off the bench at Oklahoma State Jan. 9.

• Sophomore guard Cameron Clark, who was held under 10 points in six straight games (averaged 5.5 points on .367 shooting) prior to the last three contests, came off the bench for the first time of his collegiate career against Kansas State Jan. 14 and scored 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting.  He scored another 10 points off the bench in last Tuesday's win over Texas Tech and netted seven Saturday at Texas A&M.  Clark is averaging 8.3 points on .388 shooting this year after averaging 9.3 points on .474 shooting as a freshman.

• OU ranks second in the Big 12 and 23rd nationally in rebounds per game (39.2).  It also ranks No. 2 in the league and No. 14 nationally with its 14.7 offensive rebounds per game, and No. 3 in the conference in offensive rebounding percentage at .402.  The tallest Sooner in the starting lineup is 6-8.

• The Sooners have been outrebounded just five times on the year, but four of those occasions have taken place in six Big 12 games.

• Oklahoma's top two rebounding totals of the 16-year Big 12 era have been recorded this year (63 vs. S.C. State and 61 vs. Coppin State).  They are the two highest totals among Big 12 teams on the season.

• OU has pulled down double-digit offensive rebounds in 14 of 18 games and is averaging 14.7 offensive boards per contest to its opponents' 12.2.

• The Sooners are averaging 6.2 more offensive rebounds per game this year than they did last season (14.7 to 8.5).

• Oklahoma has recorded 46 dunks in its 18 games (2.6 average) and junior forward Romero Osby has 27 of them (59 percent).

• In OU's wins, Steven Pledger is averaging 20.0 points on .569 field goal shooting.  In the team's losses, Pledger is averaging 12.0 points on .307 shooting.

• In Big 12 play, Oklahoma leads the league with its +2.7 average turnover margin.  OU averages just 11.5 turnovers while opponents average 14.2.  The Sooners have outscored league foes 107-81 off turnovers.

• OU ranks second in the Big 12 and 23rd nationally in rebounds per game (39.2).  It also ranks No. 2 in the league and No. 14 nationally with its 14.7 offensive rebounds per game, and No. 3 in the conference in offensive rebounding percentage at .402.  The tallest Sooner in the starting lineup is 6-8.

• The Sooners are averaging 6.2 more offensive rebounds per game this year than they did last season (14.7 to 8.5).

• OU has scored at least 75 points 10 times in its 18 games after doing it seven times in its 32 contests last year.

• Junior Andrew Fitzgerald leads the team with seven charges taken while Osby ranks second with five.

Oklahoma hits the road for the first of two straight road games when it plays at Kansas State Saturday at 6 p.m. CT (televised by Fox Sports Kansas City and carried by Fox Sports Oklahoma).



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