OU at Kansas State Preview

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
JANUARY 27, 2012
  Romero Osby is averaging 17.0 points and 8.0 rebounds over the last five games.
 Oklahoma (12-7, 2-5) at No. 22/24 Kansas State (15-4, 4-3)
 Date & Tip Time  Saturday, Jan. 28, at 6:10 p.m. CT
 Location  Manhattan, Kan. | Bramlage Coliseum
 Tickets  OU Athletics Ticket Office

 FS Midwest
FS Oklahoma on Oklahoma cable systems
 DirecTV 671/Dish Network 418 (sports pack required in OK)
 AT&T U-Verse 691/1691 in FS Southwest viewing area
 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 head coach Lon Kruger will coach against his alma mater in Manhattan, Kan., for the first time when his Sooners (12-7 overall, 2-5 Big 12) take on No. 22/24 Kansas State (15-4, 4-3) Saturday at 6 p.m. CT. OU is coming off a 77-65 home loss to No. 6 Baylor, the first of three straight games against top-25 opponents. The Wildcats, a 69-47 victor at Texas Tech Wednesday, have won three straight after a 1-3 league start.

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 FS Midwest and carried by FS Oklahoma on Oklahoma cable systems with Ben Boyle and Stan Webercalling the action. Satellite customers outside of the FS Midwest viewing area can watch on DirecTV 671 and Dish Network 418 (sports pack required for each). AT&T U-Verse customers in the FS Southwest viewing area can watch on channels 691 (SD) and 1691 (HD). The game will also air on ESPN Full Court. 

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• Oklahoma holds a 103-91 all-time series lead against Kansas State but is 35-55 versus the Wildcats in Manhattan.  OU won the first meeting this year, 82-73, on Jan. 14 in Norman.

Lon Kruger will be making his first coaching appearance in Manhattan against his alma mater on Saturday. A 1975 Kansas State graduate, he holds a 3-2 record against the Wildcats, but none of those games took place on the KSU campus. Kruger was the 1973 and 1974 Big Eight Player of the Year as a Wildcat and saw his No. 12 jersey retired in 2006. He also coached K-State for four years (1986-87 through '89-90), guiding it to an 81-46 record and to the NCAA Tournament each season (Elite Eight in 1988).

• Oklahoma assistant coach Steve Henson broke 21 school records as a player at Kansas State (1987-90) and still holds KSU career standards for assists (582), assists per game (4.6), free throw percentage (.900), minutes (4,474), minutes per game (35.2), starts (118), consecutive games played (127) and consecutive starts (118). He is the only K-State player to participate in four consecutive NCAA Tournaments.

• OU is the only school in the Big 12 that has three players ranked in the top 14 in scoring in league play. Andrew Fitzgerald averages 15.0 points a game and is followed by fellow juniors Steven Pledger (14.6) and Romero Osby (14.3). The trio has combined for 307 of the team’s 461 points (67 percent) in conference play

• In Big 12 games, Oklahoma leads the league with its +2.9 average turnover margin. OU averages just 11.0 turnovers while opponents average 13.9. The Sooners have outscored league foes 119-94 off turnovers.

• Rebounding was a major strength for OU in non-conference play. The Sooners finished that portion of their schedule with a +10.4 average rebounding margin. They have been outboarded in five of their seven league games, however, and own a -5.3 average margin in those seven.

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 Andrew Fitzgerald | Jr. | Forward
 • Has scored in double figures in 14 straight games (averaging 15.0 during stretch)
 • Scored season-high 21 points on 9-for-10 field goal shooting Jan. 14 vs. K-State
 • Has scored at least 17 points in five of the last 10 outings
 • Ranks second on team in both scoring (13.3) and rebounding (5.4) on the year


Oklahoma owns a 103-91 series advantage against Kansas State but is 35-55 against the Wildcats in Manhattan. OU is 11-6 against K-State since the start of the Big 12 in 1996-97 (4-4 in Manhattan). KSU has won four of the last six overall meetings.

• After going 1-3 to start Big 12 play, No. 22/24 Kansas State has reeled off three straight wins and is tied for fourth place in the league with Iowa State. The Wildcats are 9-1 at home, with their only defeat coming by two points (75-73) to then-No. 4 Baylor on Jan. 10. They are coming off a 69-47 victory at Texas Tech on Wednesday, a game in which they outscored the Red Raiders 27-7 off turnovers.

• One of the best rebounding teams in the Big 12, Kansas State leads the league in rebounds per game (39.8), offensive rebounds per game (15.7) and offensive rebounding percentage (.433). It ranks second in average rebounding margin (+6.9).

• Junior guard Rodney McGruder averages a Big 12-best 20.6 points per conference game, as well as a team-high 6.4 rebounds. He is shooting .500 from the field, .444 (12-for-27) from 3-point range and .824 (28-for-34) from the free throw line in league outings. McGruder is averaging 27.7 points in K-State’s three Big 12 home games on .625 (30-for-48) field goal shooting.

• Senior forward Jamar Samuels averages 10.5 points and a team-high 6.5 boards per game on the season, while sophomore guard Will Spradling contributes 10.4 points and 2.7 assists per contest. Spradling is shooting a team-high .386 from 3-point range on the year but is 5-for-22 (.227) over the last five games (was 3-for-12 against Oklahoma).

Frank Martin is in his fifth year as a collegiate head coach, all at Kansas State. He owns a 110-47 (.701) record.

• Oklahoma turned in its third best shooting performance of the season (.549) and overcame its worst rebounding deficit in 13 seasons (44-24) to post an 82-73 home win over 18th-ranked Kansas State. The Sooners, who shot .700 from the field in the second half (14-for-20), held the Wildcats to .391 shooting on the day and forced them into 19 turnovers (their second highest total of the season).

• OU’s 20-rebound deficit was its largest in victory in 20 years (was outboarded by 30 by Nebraska in a 79-76 home win in 1991-92).

• Junior forward Andrew Fitzgerald enjoyed his best shooting day as a Sooner, knocking down a career-high nine field goals on 10 attempts en route to a season-high 21 points.

• Junior forward Romero Osby hit six of his eight shots and all six of his free throws to finish with a career-high-tying 18 points. 

• Junior guard Steven Pledger netted 18 points with the help of 2-for-3 3-point and 6-for-6 free throw shooting. He shared team-high rebounding honors (six) with Osby.

• Junior point guard Sam Grooms registered nine assists against three turnovers and added a pair of steals.

Junior forward Romero Osby leads the Big 12 with his 3.2 offensive rebounds per game and ranks third with his 8.3 overall boards per outing. He is also tied for second 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 17.0 points and 8.0 rebounds over the last five games (shooting .585 from the field during the stretch). He has scored a career-high 18 points in four of the last eight outings, including OU’s Jan. 14 win over Kansas State.

Oklahoma plays the second of two straight road games when it faces No. 5 Kansas on Wednesday at 8 p.m. CT (televised by ESPNU).



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