Red River Hoops Battle Tuesday in Norman

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
FEBRUARY 13, 2012
  Romero Osby leads the Big 12 with 3.0 offensive rebounds per game.
 Oklahoma (13-11, 3-9) vs. Texas (16-9, 6-6)
 Date & Tip Time  Tuesday, Feb. 14, 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 137
 Live Stats GameTracker
 Game Info  Game Notes (PDF)

Looking to snap a four-game losing streak, Oklahoma (13-11, 3-9) hosts Texas (16-9, 6-6) on Tuesday at 7 p.m. CT.  The Sooners, coming off a 65-47 defeat at Texas Tech on Saturday, are 9-4 at home this season but have lost their last three outings at Lloyd Noble Center.  After losing five out of six games, Texas has rebounded to win its last three, including a 75-64 home decision over Kansas State on Saturday.

Tuesday’s contest will air on the Sooner Radio Network (KOKC AM 1520 in Oklahoma City; KTBZ AM 1430 in Tulsa; Sirius 137) 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 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 47-32 all-time advantage over Texas despite the Longhorns taking 11 of the last 13 meetings.  OU is 23-10 against UT in Norman (14-7 at Lloyd Noble Center).

• A win Tuesday 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 and .328 3-point shooting.  In OU’s nine Big 12 losses, opponents are shooting .505 from the field and .376 from behind the arc.

• The junior trio of Steven Pledger, Andrew Fitzgerald and Romero Osby has accounted for 68 percent of the team’s points in Big 12 play (527 of 771) and 50 percent of its rebounds (183 of 368).

• OU has been held to an average of 3.6 3-point makes in Big 12 play and Pledger has 31 of the  team’s 43 conversions (72 percent).  The players with the next two highest percentages of their team’s 3-pointers in conference play are Texas’ J’Covan Brown and Oklahoma State’s Keiton Page (48 percent each).  OU’s Big 12 opponents have made more than twice as many 3-pointers (90) as the Sooners.

• OU is the only school in the Big 12 with three players ranked in the top 15 in scoring in league play.  Pledger averages 15.8 points a game (ranks seventh) and is followed by Fitzgerald (14.6; ranks 10th) and Osby (13.6; 14th).

• Alone in fifth place in the Big 12 at 6-6, Texas has won three straight games after enduring a stretch of five losses in six contests.  The Longhorns, 16-9 overall, are 1-4 in conference road games, with their only win coming at Texas A&M last Monday (70-68).  Seven of their nine losses have come by six points or fewer, or in overtime, and five defeats have come to AP top-10 opponents.  Four of their top five scorers on the season are freshmen.

• Texas is coming off a 75-64 win over Kansas State on Saturday, a game in which it outscored the Wildcats 48-24 after trailing by 13 at halftime.  UT went 35-for-48 from the free throw line while K-State went 8-for-12.

• In conference play, Texas ranks fifth in scoring (68.9 ppg), eighth in field goal percentage (.416), seventh in 3-point field goal percentage (.324) and fourth in free throw percentage (.732).

• Junior guard J’Covan Brown leads the Big 12 in scoring with his 19.8 season average (20.3 in conference play).  He has led the team in scoring 17 times in 25 games (seven times in the last nine outings) and has tallied at least 20 points on a league-high 14 occasions.  Brown has three games of at least 30 points this season, including a 34-point performance at Missouri when he went 6-for-7 from 3-point range.  He is shooting .421 from the field, .378 from 3-point range and .840 from the free throw line (ranks sixth in Big 12), and also averages 4.0 assists.

• Freshman guard Sheldon McClellan ranks second on the team with his 11.0 points per contest.  Coming off the bench in 18 of 25 games, he has made 24 3-pointers (shooting .308) and 72 free throws (.750).  McClellan is averaging 14.3 points the last three games.

• Freshman point guard Myck Kabongo averages 9.8 points per game and ranks fifth in the Big 12 with his 5.1 assists per outing.  He leads the team with his 137 free throw attempts (shooting .650 from the stripe).

 Sooner to Watch 

 Andrew Fitzgerald | Jr. | Forward
 • Ranks second on team in scoring (13.4 ppg) and rebounding (4.9 rpg)
 • Averaging 17.2 points on .563 shooting over the last five home games
 • Has scored in double figures in 18 of the last 19 games
 • Almost half of his rebounds on the year have been offensive (58 of 117).


Oklahoma owns a 47-32 series lead against Texas despite losing each of the last four and 11 of the last 13 meetings.  OU is 23-10 against the Longhorns in Norman and 14-7 at Lloyd Noble Center.  Since the start of the Big 12 in 1996-97, OU is 18-19 against Texas (9-6 in Norman).

Oklahoma and Texas met three times last season and the Longhorns won all three contests — 66-46 in Austin, 68-52 in Norman and 74-54 in the Big 12 Championship quarterfinals in Kansas City.  Texas shot a combined .497 from the field and .436 from 3-point range while holding OU to respective marks of .370 and .220.  The Longhorns also outrebounded OU by an average of 9.3 per game.  Andrew Fitzgerald (14.7 ppg) was the only Sooner to average double figures in points.  He shot .474 from the field (the only OU player with more than four attempts to shoot above .400) and averaged 4.3 rebounds.  Texas’ leading returning scorer from last year’s series, J’Covan Brown averaged 5.0 points over the three games.

• 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 .477 from the field and .443 from long distance.  Pledger ranks second in the Big 12 in 3-pointers per game (2.7), third 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 21 of his 23 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 eight other occasions.

• Pledger has already made 24 more field goals (136) in 23 games this year than he did in 32 games last season (112).  He has played 240 fewer minutes this season than last.

• Pledger needs just 69 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.

• Junior point guard Sam Grooms leads the Big 12 in assists (6.0 apg) and assist-to-turnover ratio (3.1; ranks fifth nationally).  He has been on a tear of late, averaging 7.7 assists and just 1.4 turnovers (5.4 ratio) over the last seven games.  He has recorded at least six assists and no more than two turnovers in all seven of those outings.  Grooms, who scored a career-high 17 points against Missouri two games ago, has registered two or fewer turnovers 17 times in 24 games, including each of the last eight outings.  Only one Sooner in the last 15 years averaged more assists for an entire season than Grooms’ current 6.0 average (6.9 by Terrell Everett in 2005-06).

• Junior forward Andrew Fitzgerald has scored in double figures in 18 of the last 19 games and is averaging 14.7 points on .506 shooting over those 19 outings (he averaged just 8.4 points on .400 shooting over the season’s first five games).  He has scored at least 17 points in six of the last 15 contests, including a career-high 27 points Feb. 4 against Iowa State.  Fitzgerald ranks second on the team in rebounds per game (4.9) and has almost as many offensive boards (58) as defensive (59).

• Junior forward Romero Osby leads the Big 12 with his 3.0 offensive rebounds per game and ranks third with his 7.7 overall boards per outing.  He also ranks third 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 14.8 points over the last 10 games on .490 shooting.  He has scored at least 15 points in seven of the last 10 outings, including a career-high 19 points against No. 8 Kansas four games ago.  His scoring surge can be partially attributed to his ability to get to the free throw line.  Osby has 64 free throw attempts over the last 10 games (6.4 average), more than twice as many as the next highest total on the team during the span (27 attempts by Steven Pledger).

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



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