Men's Hoops Back Home vs. Iowa State

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
FEBRUARY 02, 2012

  Andrew Fitzgerald has scored in double figures in 15 of the last 16 games.
 Oklahoma (13-8, 3-6) vs. Iowa State (16-6, 6-3)
 Date & Tip Time  Saturday, Feb. 4, at 5:05 p.m. CT
 Location  Norman, Okla. | Lloyd Noble Center | Seating Views
 Tickets  $10, $30 and $40; $5 for OU students
 OU Athletics Ticket Office


 Radio  Sooner Radio Network 
 KOKC 1520 AM in Oklahoma City
 KTBZ 1430 AM in Tulsa
 Sirius 85, XM 85
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 Game Info  Game Notes (PDF)

Oklahoma (13-8, 3-6) returns to Lloyd Noble Center for the first of two straight home games when it hosts Iowa State (16-6, 6-3) on Saturday at 5 p.m. CT.  The Sooners, who are coming off a two-game road split at Kansas State (won 63-60 Saturday) and No. 8 Kansas (lost 84-62 Wednesday), are 9-2 at home on the season.  The Cyclones, winners of four of their last five, are 2-4 in true road games.  They are coming off a 72-70 home win over Kansas State on Tuesday.

Saturday’s contest will air on the Sooner Radio Network (KOKC AM 1520 in Oklahoma City; KTBZ AM 1430 in Tulsa; Sirius 85; XM 85) with Toby Rowland and Mike Houck announcing.  The game will be televised by ESPN2 with Mark Jones and Jalen Rose 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 3 p.m. on Saturday.
• OU students may purchase a ticket for $5.

Caps designed and signed by head coach Lon Kruger for the first 1,000 fans
• Foam fingers for OU students

• World-renowned BMX rider Mat Hoffman will sign autographs from 3:30 to 4:30 in the Clinton Lounge (upper east concourse)

• Mat Hoffman BMX Stunt Team performance

Gameday Central | 1,000 Signed Hats

• Oklahoma holds a 110-77 all-time advantage over Iowa State and is 60-21 against the Cyclones in Norman.  The Sooners have won five straight in the series and nine of the last 11.  They have won seven straight in Norman.

• In their lone meeting last year, OU posted an 82-76 overtime win at Iowa State behind a career-high 38 points from Steven Pledger.  Pledger was 7-for-13 from 3-point range and scored 17 of the Sooners’ final 21 points, including 12 in overtime.  The 38 points were fifth most by a guard in OU history.

• OU’s top three scorers -- Pledger (.504), Andrew Fitzgerald (.520) and Romero Osby (.527) -- are shooting a combined .516 from the field at Lloyd Noble Center this year and have teamed for a .831 free throw mark.

• Oklahoma is the only school in the Big 12 that has three players ranked in the top 15 in scoring in league play.  Pledger averages 16.6 points a game (ranks fifth) and is followed by Osby (14.2; ranks 14th) and Fitzgerald (13.6; ranks 15th).  The trio has combined for 399 of the team’s 524 points (68 percent) in conference play.

• Six of OU’s first nine conference contests have been played against ranked opponents.  Only two of the Sooners’ final nine league games are against teams currently ranked in the top 25 (vs. Missouri on Monday and at Baylor Feb. 25).

• Oklahoma has been superb at the free throw line in Big 12 play with its .760 mark.  Pledger (27-for-28) and Carl Blair (18-for-21) are a combined 45-for-49 (.918) at the stripe.  Pledger has missed two free throws since Dec. 10 (44 for his last 46).

• After going 16-16 overall and 3-13 in the Big 12 last season, Iowa State is off to a 16-6 start this year and is in fourth place in the league race with a 6-3 mark (two-game lead over Kansas State and Oklahoma State).  The Cyclones have won four of their last five contests.  They are 2-2 on the road in Big 12 play with 24-point wins over Texas A&M and Texas Tech, a nine-point loss at Kansas and a seven-point defeat at Texas.  ISU received nine points in this week’s ESPN/USA Today coaches poll and three in the AP poll. 

• One of the most dangerous 3-point shooting teams in the country, the Cyclones lead the Big 12 with their 8.6 treys per game.  They are the only squad in the nation to have four players each with at least 34 makes from behind the arc.

• Sophomore forward Royce White is the only player in the nation to lead his team in points (14.0), rebounds (9.5), assists (4.5), blocks (1.2) and steals (1.2).  The 6-8, 270-pounder is tied with OU’s Romero Osby for second in the Big 12 with six 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.  A transfer from Minnesota, White is shooting .529 from the field in Big 12 play and .403 (27-for-67) from the free throw line.

• Senior guards Chris Allen (11.8) and Scott Christopherson (10.9) also average double figures in scoring.  Allen, a transfer from Michigan State, has made 44 treys and is shooting .361 from long range.  Christopherson, a transfer from Marquette, has 34 3-point makes and is shooting .410 from behind the arc.  The pair is shooting a combined .840 from the free throw line (121-for-144).  Christopherson went 18-for-21 from the free throw line the last two games in home wins over Kansas and Kansas State.

• Junior guard Chris Babb, another long-range threat, contributes 9.1 points per game.  The Penn State transfer has a team-high 48 makes from 3-point range and is shooting .350 from deep.  He is 5-for-28 from behind the arc over the last six games.

Fred Hoiberg is in his second year as a collegiate head coach and owns a 32-22 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.

 Sooner to Watch 

 Romero Osby | Jr. | Forward
 • Coming off a career-high 19-point outing at No. 8 Kansas on Wednesday
 • Averaging 16.1 points on .500 field goal shooting over the last seven games
 • Ranks third in Big 12 in rebounds per game (8.0) and first in offensive boards (3.1)
 • Has registered 30 of the Sooners' 53 dunks on the season


Oklahoma owns a 110-77 all-time series lead against Iowa State and is 60-21 in games played in Norman (24-4 at Lloyd Noble Center).  The Sooners have won five straight over the Cyclones and nine of the last 11.  They also boast a seven-game home winning streak in the series.  OU is 12-5 against Iowa State since the start of the Big 12 Conference (7-0 at home).  Iowa State’s last win in Norman came during the 1995-96 season (final year of the Big Eight Conference), when the No. 22 Cyclones took a 70-58 contest.

Steven Pledger scored 12 of his career-high 38 points in overtime as Oklahoma ended a 19-game losing streak away from home in an 82-76 win at Iowa State last January.  Pledger nailed a career-high seven 3-pointers on 13 attempts.  His trey with 35 seconds left in regulation forced overtime and he went 4-for-4 from the field (2-for-2 from deep) in the extra session.

• Pledger scored 17 of OU’s final 21 points of the game, including the first 10 of overtime and 12 of its 15 in the extra session.  He added three rebounds, three assists, a blocked shot and two steals without a turnover in 44 m inutes.

• The Sooners led 34-19 before settling for a 38-30 halftime advantage.  ISU took its first lead (54-53) at the 8:23 mark of the second half and later went up by six (67-61 with 3:35 remaining).  OU scored the final six points of regulation (five by Pledger) to force OT.

• With 11 points, then-freshman Cameron Clark was the only Sooner besides Pledger to score in double figures.  He added four rebounds and a career-high four assists in 44 minutes.

• Iowa State entered the game averaging 8.8 treys but went just 5-for-24 from long distance (.208).  It missed its first 12 attempts.

• Oklahoma posted the win despite being outrebounded 45-34.  The Cyclones pulled down 14 offensive boards to OU’s six and outscored the Sooners 14-4 in second-chance points.

• 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 .484 from the field and .445 from long distance.  Pledger leads the Big 12 in 3-pointers per game (2.7) and ranks second in scoring, fourth in free throw percentage (.897; 12th nationally), sixth in field goal percentage and fourth in 3-point field goal percentage.

• Pledger, the reigning Big 12 Player of the Week, has scored in double figures in 19 of his 20 outings (held to nine Jan. 9 at Oklahoma State).  He has scored at least 20 points six 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 nine more field goals (121) in 20 games this year than he did in 32 games last season (112).  He has played 341 fewer minutes this season than last.

• Junior point guard Sam Grooms leads the Big 12 (ranks 10th nationally) in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.9) and ranks third in the league in assists (5.6 apg).  He has recorded one or zero turnovers 10 times in 21 games, including in four of the last five outings.  During the current five-game stretch, Grooms has handed out 31 assists while committing just five turnovers (6.2 ratio).  Only one Sooner in the last 15 years averaged more assists per game for an entire season than Grooms’ current 5.6 average (6.9 by Terrell Everett in 2005-06).

• Junior forward Andrew Fitzgerald has scored in double figures in 15 of the last 16 games and is averaging 14.2 points on .505 shooting over those 16 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 five of the last 12 contests, including a season-high 21 Jan. 14 against Kansas State when he made a career-high nine field goals on 10 attempts.  Fitzgerald has committed at least four fouls in six of the last eight games.

• Junior forward Romero Osby leads the Big 12 with his 3.1 offensive rebounds per game and ranks third with his 8.0 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 16.1 points over the last seven games on .500 shooting.  He has scored at least 18 points in five of the last 10 outings, including a career-high 19 points against No. 8 Kansas on Wednesday.  His scoring surge can be partially attributed to his ability to get to the free throw line.  He has 44 free throw attempts over the last seven games (made 33 for a .750 mark), exactly twice as many as the next highest total on the team during the span (22 attempts by Steven Pledger).

Oklahoma hosts No. 4 Missouri on Monday at 6 p.m. CT.  The game will be televised by ESPNU.



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