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  OU Arrives in K.C. for Big 12's | Tuesday, March 8

The Sooners arrived in Kansas City late Tuesday morning and promptly held two practices. The first was a 60-minute session at Penn Valley Community College and the second a 45-minute shootaround at Sprint Center -- site of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship that begins Wednesday (OU plays Baylor at 6 p.m. CT in a first-round contest). Following the second workout, head coach Jeff Capel fielded questions from the media. Here's video of practice and Capel's informal Q&A session.  

  Davis Reflects on OU Career | Friday, March 4

The day before his final game at Lloyd Noble Center (Saturday at 3 p.m. against Oklahoma State), senior guard Cade Davis sat down to discuss his OU career, reflect on his favorite moments, reveal what he'll miss about college, share his plans for the future and deliver a thank-you message to the Sooner Nation. Davis, who is just 48 points shy of 1,000 for his career and ranks No. 5 all-time at OU in 3-point field goals (176), will be honored at 2:40 p.m. during a pregame senior ceremony and will address the crowd following the Bedlam contest.

  Osby Already a Leader | Wednesday, Feb. 23

The man whom head coach Jeff Capel calls the best player on OU's team has not played in a game this season. That man is Romero Osby, an athletic junior forward who is sitting out this year after tranferring from Mississippi State. A versatile player who can do damage both inside and on the perimeter, Osby will have two years of eligibility as a Sooner beginning with the 2011-12 campaign. Get to know 6-8, 240-pounder and watch highlights in this feature from the "Sooner Hoops With Jeff Capel" TV show.

  Blake Griffin OU Flashback | Saturday, Feb. 19

Blake Griffin has taken the NBA by storm this year and tonight will participate in the slam dunk contest as part of All-Star Weekend festivities in Los Angeles. Tomorrow night he will compete in the All-Star Game itself, the first rookie to do so in eight years. It wasn't too long ago that Griffin was doing the same thing to Oklahoma opponents as he's doing now to Los Angeles Clippers' foes. Here's a collection of Griffin highlights from his 2008-09 sophomore season at OU:

  Postgame Celebration at ISU | Monday, Jan. 31

Steven Pledger gave his teammates reason to celebrate Saturday night in Ames, Iowa. The sophomore guard drained seven 3-pointers and obliterated his previous career scoring high of 23 points with a 38-point outburst to lead OU to an 82-76 overtime win against Iowa State. The victory was the Sooners' first in more than a year away from home. Here's postgame locker room video:

  Suits and Sneakers Weekend | Friday, Jan. 28

The Oklahoma men's basketball coaches will wear sneakers with their suits this weekend to demonstrate their support for the American Cancer Society and its vision of a world with less cancer and more birthdays. In its seventh year, the Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers awareness weekend aims to help spotlight the fact that, while cancer remains a major health concern, everyone can take daily steps to reduce their risk of the disease. The best ways to improve health and reduce cancer risk are through weight control, exercise and a healthy diet, according to the American Cancer Society.



Pictured above is the Nike Hustle shoe that OU head coach Jeff Capel and his staff will wear during the Sooners' Saturday night game at Iowa State. Coaches vs. Cancer is a collaborative initiative of the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) that empowers coaches, their teams and local communities to make a difference in the fight against cancer. For more information or to get help, visit www.cancer.org.

  Earthquake Near Maui | Wednesday, Nov. 24

A magnitude 4.7 earthquake shook the Hawaiian Islands last night and several members of the OU team and travel party felt it. OU coaches and players were at a team dinner on the ground floor when the tremor hit at 6:34 p.m. Other travel party members who were in their hotel rooms on the seventh floor reported severe swaying. Here's video reaction:

  OU vs. Virginia Highlights | Tuesday, Nov. 23

The Sooners got off to a poor start and could never recover in a 74-56 loss to Virginia in the second round of the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational today.Tyler Neal led OU with 16 points and six rebounds. SoonerVision's highlights of the game and Jeff Capel's postgame press conference are below.  

  Postgame Press Conference | Monday, Nov. 22

Oklahoma fought valiantly against No. 8 Kentucky and trailed by just six (with possession of the ball) with less than two minutes left. The Wildcats ended up prevailing by 12, 76-64. After the game, head coach Jeff Capel and senior guard Cade Davis answered questions from the media (video below).  

OU WEARING CUSTOM NIKE SHOE IN MAUI
When OU starts play today against Kentucky in the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational (4:30 p.m. CT on ESPN2), some players will be sporting new shoes. Nike shipped the Sooners a set of custom Hyperdunk 2010's that feature a special "Hawaiian" look, complete with a silver palm tree and an ocean wave. Each player was issued a pair, but not everyone may necessarily opt to wear them.


  Day Before Maui Invitational | Sunday, Nov. 21

Immediately below is a video clip of head coach Jeff Capel's address at this morning's EA SPORTS Maui Invitational pre-tournament press conference. Following the presser, Capel and the other seven head coaches teamed with local children in a charity free throw shooting contest (second video below). Capel teamed with 13-year-old Josh Chapital from Lahaina Intermediate School to go a perfect 4-for-4 from the line (2-for-2 each). They shared the title with Kentucky coach John Calipari and his middle school teammate. In the third video below, SoonerVision's Dan Cavanaugh captured some of the sights and sounds around the team hotel. The fourth video clip highlights some of the festivities from the pre-tournament banquet, including a fire show, hula dance and Capel's address to the crowd.

  OU Starts Prep for Kentucky | Saturday, Nov. 20

The Sooners spent a good part of their first day in Hawaii preparing for Monday's EA SPORTS Maui Invitational first-round game against Kentucky. Here's a brief video from today's workout at the Lahaina Civic Center, where the three-day tournament will be held.  

  Sooners Arrive in Hawaii | Friday, Nov. 19

Twelve hours after defeating Texas Southern 82-52, OU was on its way to Hawaii for next week's EA SPORTS Maui Invitational (Nov. 22-24). Three flights and 16 hours later, the Sooners arrived on Maui. SoonerVision's Dan Cavanaugh captured the long day on video with the following three-minute clip. 

OU (3-0) is scheduled for a two-hour practice at Lahaina Civic Center on Saturday. The Sooners will take on No. 12 Kentucky (2-0) in the first round Monday at 4:30 p.m.CT (televised by ESPN2). Check back throughout the week for daily team updates from Maui.

  Pre-Game Intro Video | Wednesday, Nov. 17

If you haven't had a chance to make it to Lloyd Noble Center yet for a game this year, you haven't seen the team's pre-game intro video. Well, we've now posted the video on our Facebook page. You can check it out right here:

  Capel Press Conference Video | Tuesday, Nov. 16

Here's video from head coach Jeff Capel's press conference following last night's 71-63 come-from-behind overtime win over North Carolina Central. Capel said his team was "fortunate to get a win."  

POWER FORWARD GOFF SIGNS WITH SOONERS
Preseason junior college All-American Robert Goff signed a letter of intent with the Sooners yesterday. Click here to read the full press release on the 6-9, 230-pounder from Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College.

  Let the Games Begin | Friday, Nov. 12

Hard to believe, but basketball season is here. Like, for real. Ten days after winning their exhibition game, the Sooners officially begin their 104th year of varsity hoops when they host Coppin State tonight at 7 CT. Eager to put last year's 13-18 performance behind them, head coach Jeff Capel and his revamped squad have been prepping for this moment for months. To say the players are chomping at the bit to get the season underway is an understatement.

Today's OU Basketball Articles
ArrowThe Oklahoman - Can a slimmer Fitzgerald boost OU?
ArrowTulsa World - Sooners still seeking to fill point guard role
ArrowNorman Transcript - Sooners will step on hardwood without marquis players

  OU to Compete in 2011 76 Classic | Thursday, Nov. 11

Oklahoma is one of seven men's basketball teams confirmed for the 2011 76 Classic to be held over Thanksgiving weekend (Nov. 24, 25 and 27) in Anaheim, Calif. The field for the fifth annual bracket-style tournament was announced this week and includes OU, Boston College, New Mexico, Saint Louis, Santa Clara, Washington State and Villanova. The eighth team will be announced at a later date.



The Big West Conference will again serve as the host conference for the 76 Classic at the 7,500-seat Anaheim Convention Center, which has been the home of the conference's postseason tournament for the past 10 years. Additional information, including travel packages, can be found on the 76 Classic website at www.76classic.com. The 76 Classic is owned and operated by ESPN Regional Television, Inc. (ERT), a subsidiary of ESPN.

  Capel Hand-Delivers Tickets | Wednesday, Nov. 10

Last week, head coach Jeff Capel surprised two season ticket holders by hand-delivering their season tickets as part of OU's ongoing Year of the Fan celebration. Check out the video below of Capel visiting the Jack Counts family of Oklahoma City and the Tim McLaughlin family of Edmond. The Sooners open the season this Friday against Coppin State at 7 p.m. at Lloyd Noble Center.  

  Season Mini-Packs Available | Tuesday, Nov. 9

Want to attend a bunch of OU men's basketball games this year but can't make all of them? Then seven-game mini-packs might be up your alley. With mini-packs, fans choose one "premium" game (among Kansas, Texas and Oklahoma State), three non-conference games (among Central Arkansas, Gardner-Webb, Maryland Eastern Shore, Oral Roberts and Sacramento State) and three more non-conference games (among Baylor, Colorado, Nebraska, Texas A&M and Texas Tech).

Mini-packs are offered in two price plans. The seven-game Prime Package costs $139 (seats in the upper east and west sections) while the seven-game Sooner Saver Package costs $79 (seats in the upper north and south sections). A $10 per-package processing fee will be charged. Click here for more information or to order.

  Washington Is Sooner of the Month | Friday, Nov. 5

The OU Athletics Department this week named junior forward C.J. Washington its "Sooner of the Month" for November. Washington, a 6-7, 209-pound junior college transfer who hails from Stringtown, Okla., was honored for his great leadership characteristics both on and off the court. According to the announcement, Washington "was nominated for his outstanding academic performance and dedication to his team. C.J. has already made an impact with the community, volunteering at Norman Public Schools and helping with Special Olympics. C.J. is an outstanding role model and a great representative of our athletics department."

An All-American last year at Connors State College in Warner, Okla., Washington sat out OU's exhibition game Tuesday with an injury. He is expected back for the regular season opener Nov. 12 against Coppin State.

  Cade Davis TV Spot Sneak Preview | Thursday, Nov. 4

A new "Basketball, by Cade Davis" TV spot will hit the airwaves soon, but we've got it for you now. Davis, OU's lone senior, is Sooner born and Sooner bred. He grew up in the towns of Sayre and Elk City in the western part of the state, where a blue-collar attitude and strong family values helped mold him into the person -- and basketball player -- he is today. To view the 30-second spot, click the video player below.  

  Sooners Win Exhibition by 11 | Wednesday, Nov. 3

Steven Pledger scored 23 points, Cade Davis netted 14 and Andrew Fitzgerald added 13 in OU's 75-64 exhibition win over Division II Northern State last night. The Sooners, who trailed by four at the half, shot 55.6 percent from the floor after intermission and outscored NSU 46-31. Click here for full game coverage, including box score and video highlights. Postgame press conferences featuring head coach Jeff Capel and Pledger and Davis can be viewed in the players below.  

  Exhibition Tonight | Tuesday, Nov. 1

Hard to believe, but the basketball season is upon us. The Sooners play an exhibition game tonight at 7 p.m. CT against Division II Northern State University of Aberdeen, S.D. Tickets are available and cost $5, $10 and $20. OU students will be admitted free with a valid OU I.D. at Lloyd Noble Center's lower north entrance. A live webcast will be offered free right here on SoonerSports.com. For a short video clip of today's shootaround and a few words from head coach Jeff Capel, click on the player below.  

  Welcome to The Blake Show | Thursday, Oct. 28

In case you went to bed early, former Sooner Blake Griffin had fans and media abuzz with an eye-popping performance in his NBA regular season debut last night. Griffin, who sat out last season with a knee injury, finished with 20 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists in 39 minutes of action in a 98-88 Los Angeles Clippers home loss to Portland. Included in the effort were some early highlight reel dunks (click here and here) that had the Staples Center crowd in awe.



Here's what some media had to say following Griffin's sparkling first performance:

ArrowESPN.com - Welcome to The Blake Show
ArrowESPNLosAngeles.com - Blake Griffin shows promise in debut
ArrowNBA.com - Griffin soars in debut, raising hope for Clippers
ArrowLos Angeles Times - Blake Griffin's debut is worth the wait

  Dunk Contest Highlights | Wednesday, Oct. 27

Part of last night's OU student Hoop Jam at the Huston Huffman Fitness Center on campus was a five-man dunk contest featuring Cameron Clark, Cade Davis, Tyler Neal, Calvin Newell and C.J. Washington. Clark, Davis and Neal advanced to the finals, with one of the freshmen taking home the crown. Check out this three-minute highlight video to see who won.  

TODAY'S NEWS LINKS
ArrowNorman Transcript - OU men's hoops put in work
ArrowThe Oklahoman - Meet the OU basketball team
ArrowTulsa World - Cameron Clark breathes life into OU basketball
ArrowTulsa World - Notebook: Bent but not broken
ArrowAP - Sooners adjusting to nine newcomers

  Local Media Day Coverage | Tuesday, Oct. 26

The Sooners held their annual local media day today, with Coach Capel holding a press conference and select players meeting individually with reporters. Here's video of Capel's presser. Click here for full coverage, including player interview links.  

  More 5-on-5 Highlights | Friday, Oct. 22

Click the video player below for another two minutes of 5-on-5 highlights from a practice early this week.  

BIG 12 MEDIA DAY COVERAGE
Head coach Jeff Capel and players Cade Davis, Andrew Fitzgerald and Nick Thompson attended Big 12 Media Day in Kansas City, Mo., yesterday. Full OU coverage of the event, which was held at the Sprint Center, can be found here.

  5-on-5 Video Highlights | Wednesday, Oct. 20

Here's a two-minute video of some 5-on-5 highlights from one of this week's practices. Look for a similar highlight video from another practice later in the week.  

LIST OF "30 PRIZES IN 30 DAYS" WINNERS
As previously announced, men's and women's basketball season ticket holders who renewed their season tickets by Sept. 29 became eligible for the "30 Prizes in 30 Days" promotion. SoonerSports.com has begun a list of the daily winners, which started being announced Oct. 15. Click here for the list.

  Slim and Trim Andrew Fitzgerald | Tuesday, Oct. 19

The word is out that the Oklahoma men's basketball team has been hard at work since the end of last season. Perhaps no OU player has dedicated himself to improvement more than sophomore Andrew Fitzgerald. The forward has lost 32 pounds since last season and has watched his body fat drop from 23.4 percent to 9.0 percent since he arrived on campus as a freshman. Click here for the full story, or activate the video player below for a three-minute clip that includes practice highlights and a brief sit-down interview. 

FREE OU STUDENT HOOPS JAM SCHEDULED FOR OCT. 26
With the 2010-11 season drawing near, Jeff Capel's team announced it will hold a Hoops Jam on Tuesday, Oct. 26 at 8 p.m. at the Huston Huffman Fitness Center on the OU campus. The free event, open only to currently enrolled OU students, will feature five $1,000 tuition prizes. Click here for full details.

  Capel Comments on First Practices | Monday, Oct. 18

OU head coach Jeff Capel took a couple minutes after Sunday's practice to comment on his team's first weekend of official workouts (video below). The Sooners practiced Friday evening, hit the floor twice Saturday and went again Sunday afternoon. Capel said he is pleased with the team's early progress.

  Video and Pics of First Practice | Saturday, Oct. 16

While many teams across the country were having fun with "Midnight Madness" events, Jeff Capel's team was hard at work last night with its first official practice of the 2010-11 season. The Sooners worked out for two-and-a-half hours and spent a good chunk of the practice focusing on defense and rebounding.

PhotosPractice Photo Gallery

The six-minute video below highlights some of the night's action. Sophomore Carl Blair (injury) and redshirt freshman Ryan Randolph (illness) did not participate. OU is scheduled to practice twice today and go again Sunday.

  Sooners Start Practice | Friday, Oct. 15

Today marks the first day of official practice for college basketball teams across the country. The Sooners will hit the Lloyd Noble Center floor today at 5 p.m. (closed to public) and will practice Saturday and Sunday as well. Here are four articles on Jeff Capel's squad from some of the state's newspapers this morning.

ArrowNorman Transcript: Work Starts for OU Men
ArrowThe Oklahoman: Capel Excited to Get Started
ArrowThe Oklahoman: OU Starting Season with Overhauled Roster
ArrowTulsa World: OU Basketball Preseason Outlook

MEDIA GUIDE ONLINE
The 200-page 2010-11 OU media guide is now available online. The annual publication features an in-depth season preview, bios of the players and staff, opponent information, history and records, and much more.

HOOP TROOP ANNOUNCED
The OU Athletics Department announced today that a Hoop Troop team comprised of marketing and ticket office staff members will make appearances at different locations throughout the Oklahoma City/Norman metro area during the month of October to spread excitement for the upcoming men's and women's basketball seasons. Click here for more details and for an appearance schedule.

SEASON TICKETS ON SALE OCT. 19
A reminder that season tickets go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, Oct. 19. Tickets can be purchased online here, in person at the OU Athletics Ticket Office or by calling (800) 456-4668.

  Jozsef Szendrei Interview | Tuesday, Oct. 12

With the official start of practice just three days away, Director of Student-Athlete Performance Jozsef Szendrei sat down this evening to recap the Sooners' preseason strength and conditioning program (video clip below), which concluded today with a mile run in the morning and a team weightlifting session in the afternoon. Szendrei, who's not one to sugarcoat things, seemed pleased with the players' physical performance over the past seven weeks, and maybe more importantly, with their character development. 



MILE RUN RESULTS
The Sooners were up early today for the final of their seven weekly preseason mile runs. Ten of the 14 players who ran today posted personal bests, with Calvin Newell and Carl Blair leading the way at 5:23 (Newell won by a hair). The team's average time at the start of preseason conditioning on Aug. 27 was 6:05. Today it was 5:48. Newell won six of the seven runs, with Cade Davis winning the other. Here are everyone's best times:

Abdul Ahmed: 5:36
Carl Blair: 5:23
Cameron Clark: 5:39
Cade Davis: 5:28
Andrew Fitzgerald: 5:49
T.J. Franklin: 5:32
Kyle Hardrick: 6:35
Barry Honoré: 5:48
Tyler Neal: 5:55
Calvin Newell: 5:23
Romero Osby: 5:47
Steven Pledger: 5:44
Ryan Randolph: 5:46 (only ran twice due to injury)
T.J. Taylor: 6:04 (only ran three times due to injury)
Nick Thompson: 5:36
C.J. Washington: 5:47

  Coach Capel in One Word | Friday, Oct. 8

OU's 16 team members were recently asked to describe head coach Jeff Capel in one word. The exercise yielded 14 different responses, with "passionate" and "real" being the only duplicate answers. Here's how each player replied:

Abdul Ahmed said: "Inspirational"
Carl Blair said: "Real"
Cameron Clark said: "Capable"
Cade Davis said: "Business"
Andrew Fitzgerald said: "Leader"
T.J. Franklin said: "Passionate"
Kyle Hardrick said: "Blunt"
Barry Honoré said: "Winner"
Tyler Neal said: "Young"
Calvin Newell said: "Smooth"
Romero Osby said: "Incredible"
Steven Pledger said: "Passionate"
Ryan Randolph said: "Resilient"
T.J. Taylor said: "Unpredictable"
Nick Thompson said: "Real"
C.J. Washington said: "Dedicated"

  Preseason Workouts Nearing End | Thursday, Oct. 7

With the official start of practice just eight days away (Oct. 15), the Sooners are close to wrapping up their preseason strength and conditioning program with Jozsef Szendrei. The players are in week five of conditioning and week six of lifting. Szendrei said the guys have been hungry and working hard. This week he's moved conditioning sessions to 10:30 p.m. at the Everest Training Center for a change of pace.

PhotosSeptember Workout Photo Gallery

"This is kind of our mayhem week," he said, "This week comes down to discipline, work ethic and time management. What they normally do at 10:30 at night has shifted to doing what's important for the team. It's a new environment and is helping us find out a little bit more about everyone."



Szendrei said he's happy with the players' approach since August and is confident the hard work will give the Sooners an edge.

"Our guys have worked their butts off for this team and have bought in to what we're selling. Regardless of the outcome of a game, I think we can outprepare our opponents. We can do things that I know other teams don't do. When we work this hard together as a team, that's what gives us confidence as a unit. Nobody can take that away from us. We talk about being blue collar, leading by example, making sure we're disciplined. Those are the things we can control."

  Cade Davis Calling Bob Stoops? | Tuesday, Oct. 5

It's no huge surprise that Cade Davis would be able to kick the football around a little bit. After all, he's an excellent athlete. But a 50-yard field goal? On his first attempt? Watch the video below, shot after last night's team conditioning session at the Everest Training Center on OU's campus. The video was shot by team manager Justin Mathis. Fellow manager John "Stretch" Christ was the holder.

  Cade Davis Goes Behind the Camera | Monday, Oct. 4

The Sooners took a quick break from preseason workouts last Wednesday for a media guide/poster photo shoot and we convinced -- OK, it didn't require much arm twisting -- senior guard Cade Davis to go behind the video camera to capture the lighter side of his teammates. Check out the amusing clip below.

  A Special Day of Basketball | Thursday, Sept. 30

Jeff Capel's and Sherri Coale's OU men's and women's hoops teams hosted a Special Olympics basketball clinic Thursday morning at Lloyd Noble Center. More than 150 Special Olympics athletes from around the state signed up for the two-hour clinic that featured 15 stations worth of shooting, dribbling and passing drills, as well as locker room tours.

The annual event in Norman has become extremely popular. OU coaches, players and support staff were on hand to provide instruction and to offer friendship to this year's participants, who represented the Anadarko, Catoosa, Edmond, Guthrie, Jay, Oklahoma City, Putnam City and Weatherford districts.

Click here for the full story and click here for a photo gallery. Watch highlights and interviews in the player below.

  Crock Checks In From Hungary | Wednesday, Sept. 29

Tony Crocker, a senior guard on last year's OU squad, called from Hungary recently to fill us in on his new job. Crocker is playing professionally for a team named Albacomp in Hungary's A Division. Albacomp plays in the city of Szekesfehervar, which is just southwest of the capital city of Budapest.

Crocker said his team "has a chance to win the whole thing." He said his first official game is Oct. 9 and that the regular season goes until April 12.



Crocker claims the adjustment to life in Hungary has been "cool," even though he's had to relearn how to drive stick shift (he's only stalled a few times) and the food is very different. "I can't read what the packages say at the store," he said, "so I either just buy stuff that has a picture of something that looks good or I use the translator app on my phone to figure out what it is."

  Second TV Spot Released | Tuesday, Sept. 28

The OU Athletics Department unveiled its second men's basketball TV spot today, titled "Basketball: Part II, by Jeff Capel." Viewable in the player below, the spot features former head coach Billy Tubbs and All-Americans Alvan Adams and Hollis Price, and addresses OU's basketball tradition, family and the importance of Sooner fans. As Capel says, family means achieving success together.

In case you missed it, the first spot (released last week) can be viewed here

OKC THUNDER ADDS LONGAR
Oklahoma City Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti announced today that the team has added former OU center Longar Longar to its training camp roster. Longar (6-11, 230) spent last season in the NBA Development League, averaging 6.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.1 blocks and 20.4 minutes in 11 games (four starts) with the Los Angeles D-Fenders and Bakersfield Jam.

  2010 OU Player Poll | Monday, Sept. 27



It has become a tradition of Jeff Capel's OU teams to participate in a fun preseason player poll, whereby team members supply the name of a teammate for various categories. This feature shows a side of the players you don't necessarily see on the court -- the personalities, interests and non-basketball talents of this year's Sooners. View the results of the player poll here.

BIG 12 STRONG ONCE AGAIN
Blue Ribbon Yearbook, the most comprehensive and perhaps most respected preseason college basketball publication on the market, has announced its preseason All-America team and top-25 rankings. As has been the case the last several years, the Big 12 Conference is well represented. Three Big 12 players help comprise the five-member first-team All-America squad: Baylor's LaceDarius Dunn, Kansas' Marcus Morris and Kansas State's Jacob Pullen. They join Duke's Kyle Singler and BYU's Jimmer Fredette. Five Big 12 teams appear in Blue Ribbon's top 25, with Kansas leading the way at No. 7. The Jayhawks are followed by Kansas State at No. 12, Baylor at No. 16, Texas at No. 18 and Missouri at No. 20. The top five consists of Duke, Michigan State, Ohio State, Pittsburgh and Purdue.

  Capel Provides Team Update | Thursday, Sept. 23

Head coach Jeff Capel sat down today to talk about his team's progress during workouts over the past month. During the nine-minute interview (available in the video player below), Capel commented on the breath of fresh air his newcomers have provided, mentioned some players who have surprised him, and addressed the point guard position, the team's captains and how Cade Davis' injury affects the team. 

  Davis Sustains Facial Fracture | Wednesday, Sept. 22

OU head coach Jeff Capel said today that senior guard Cade Davis sustained a facial fracture during a team skill workout last Friday and is expected to make a full recovery in four to six weeks. The injury will not require surgery and Davis has already been cleared for conditioning and shooting drills that do not require contact.

Capel said Davis may wear a protective mask for a period of time once he's completely cleared to return to action.

One of four 2010-11 OU captains, Davis is the Sooners' leading returner in minutes, scoring, rebounding, assists, steals and 3-pointers. From Elk City, Okla., last year he averaged 9.9 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.0 assist and a team-high 1.5 steals per game. He averaged 12.5 points over the last 12 games (second highest average on team).

HOME NON-CONFERENCE TIP TIMES SET
Tip times for the nine-game 2010-11 home non-conference schedule have been finalized. Games against Northern State (exhibition on Nov. 2), Coppin State (Nov. 12), North Carolina Central (Nov. 15), Texas Southern (Nov. 18), Gardner-Webb (Dec. 9), Sacramento State (Dec. 21), Central Arkansas (Dec. 30) and Maryland Eastern Shore (Jan. 3) will all begin at 7 p.m. CT. The Dec. 11 game against Oral Roberts (Saturday) will tip at 2 p.m. CT. All except the Northern State and Coppin State contests will be televised by the Sooner Sports Network. The updated schedule can be viewed here.

SEASON TICKET PRICES REDUCED, REWARDS PROGRAM ANNOUNCED
The OU Athletics Department announced today multiple Year of the Fan season ticket initiatives for the 2010-11 men's and women's basketball seasons to allow more access and rewards for fans. For men's basketball, season ticket holders will see a minimum of a 17 percent savings for seats in the lower level. Also, 400 seats have been added to the popular upper level sideline season tickets. Those seats average to just $10 per game, the same as last season.

Season ticket holders who have renewed their tickets by the Sept. 29 deadline will be rewarded with the "Year of the Fan 30 Prizes in 30 Days" promotion. Starting Oct. 15, different men's and women's basketball season ticket holders will be awarded a prize for 30 consecutive days (one men's prize and one women's prize will be awarded each day). Prizes include 40-inch flat screen TVs, iPod Touches and iPads, $100 gas and grocery cards, restaurant gift cards, autographed items, airline gift certificates and more. Click here for a detailed list of men's season ticket holder prizes.

  First TV Spot Released | Tuesday, Sept. 21

The OU Athletics Department has announced a multi-layered marketing campaign for the 2010-11 season that features several television spots. The first of those commercials, "Basketball: Part I, by Jeff Capel," is available for viewing in the player below. Look for Part II next week. 



STUDENT TICKETS ON SALE TODAY
OU student season tickets went on sale today here and at the Athletics Ticket Office. Cost for the 17-game season ticket is $140 (plus a $15 processing fee). Back for 2010-11 is the popular rebate program, whereby season ticket holders' bursar accounts are credited $50 for 80-percent game attendance, or the full $140 for at least 90-percent game attendance. Click here for more information.

  Getting to Know Cameron Clark | Monday, Sept. 20

Cameron Clark is the ninth and final subject of our preseason "Getting to Know" series. The top-40 national recruit from Sherman, Texas, sat down late last week to discuss the recruiting process, his adaptation to college, his relationship with Coach Capel, what he brings to OU and what he likes about his teammates. Check out the video below. A separate interview transcript can be viewed here.