OU Hosts Washburn in Saturday Exhibition

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
OCTOBER 31, 2013

 Oklahoma (0-0) vs. Washburn (0-0)
 Date & Tip Time  Saturday, Nov. 2 at 2:05 p.m. CT
 Location  Norman, Okla. | Lloyd Noble Center | Seating Views
 Tickets  $5, $10 and $20 for general public
 Free for OU students with valid school I.D.
 OU Athletics Ticket Office
 TV  Sooner Sports TV
 FS Southwest Plus
 FOX College Sports Pacific
 DirecTV 685-1 (HD)
 Radio  Sooner Radio Network 
 KRXO 107.7 FM in Oklahoma City
 KTBZ 1430 AM in Tulsa
 Webcast  None
 Live Stats  SoonerSports.com
 Game Info  Game Notes (PDF)

The Sooners play their first of two preseason exhibition games when they host Washburn on Saturday at 2 p.m. CT at Lloyd Noble Center. OU, which finished 20-12 last season and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in four years, is starting its third season under head coach Lon Kruger. The Ichabods, coached by Kruger’s former Kansas State teammate Bob Chipman, went 19-8 last season but did not participate in postseason play.

Saturday’s contest will air on the Sooner Radio Network (KRXO 107.7 FM "The Franchise" in Oklahoma City; KTBZ 1430 AM in Tulsa) with Toby Rowland and Mike Houck announcing. The game will be televised by Sooner Sports TV (FS Southwest Plus and FOX College Sports Pacific) with Bob Carpenter and Billy Tubbs calling the action. DirecTV customers can watch the game on channel 685-1 (HD).

• Tickets are available for $5, $10 and $20 at the OU Athletics Ticket Office (800-456-4668) and online at SoonerSports.com. Lloyd Noble Center's north and east ticket windows will open at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday.
• OU students will be admitted free with a valid school I.D.

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• Oklahoma and Washburn will meet in exhibition play for a third consecutive season. OU beat the Ichabods 83-66 last year and 85-59 the season before. The Sooners also won regular season games over Washburn in 1909-10 (55-20), 1930-31 (30-27) and 1972-73 (79-55).
• OU head coach Lon Kruger and Washburn head coach Bob Chipman were Kansas State teammates in the 1970s. The pair helped the Wildcats to back-to-back Big Eight regular season titles in 1972 and 1973. Kruger was the Big Eight Player of the Year in 1973 and 1974.
• The Sooners return 32 percent of their scoring, 38 percent of their rebounding and 44 percent of their assists from last season’s 20-12 squad that advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in four years. Sophomore guard Buddy Hield is OU’s leading returner in points (7.8 ppg), rebounds (4.2 rpg), assists (1.9 apg) and steals (1.2 spg).
• Senior forward Cameron Clark led OU in scoring in four of its five August exhibition games in Belgium and France and paced the team with his 16.8 points per contest. Clark, who is the Sooners’ most experienced player (60 starts in 95 career games), shot .521 from the field in Europe and also averaged 7.0 boards an outing.
• Oklahoma has won 18 consecutive preseason exhibition games and 47 of 49 over the last 25 seasons

• The Sooners return just five scholarship players from last season in senior forwards Cameron Clark and Tyler Neal and sophomore guards Isaiah Cousins, Buddy Hield and Je’lon Hornbeak. OU’s most experienced player, Clark is averaging 8.1 points and 4.1 rebounds per game over his career. He moved from the wing to the power forward spot just before the midway point of last year and shot .600 from the field over the season’s final 13 games. Cousins (14), Hield (13) and Hornbeak (29) combined to make 56 starts as freshmen a year ago.
• Also back is walk-on guard James Fraschilla. The junior played in five games last season and missed the last 11 contests of the year due to a back injury.

• Nine of OU’s 15 players have never suited up for the Sooners. Six of those nine players are on scholarship. They are junior forward D.J. Bennett, junior center Keshaun Hamilton (both junior college transfers), sophomore forward Ryan Spangler (Gonzaga transfer), freshman forward C.J. Cole and freshman guards Frank Booker and Jordan Woodard. Bennett, Spangler and Cole all practiced with OU last year (Bennett and Cole redshirted while Spangler was required to sit out of competition due to NCAA transfer regulations). All but Hamilton played during the Sooners’ exhibition trip to Europe in August.
• Also joining the squad this season is a trio of walk-ons in forward Austin Mankin and guards Daniel Harper and Trey Slate. All three are freshmen in terms of eligibility (Mankin and Slate are sophomores academically). Slate was a manager for the Sooners last year.


• Located in Topeka, Kan., NCAA Division II member Washburn University is a school of 7,002 students that competes in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association. Washburn finished 19-8 overall last year and placed third in the MIAA with a 12-6 league record. It did not qualify for postseason competition.
• The Ichabods, who lost five seniors from last year, return just 23 percent of their scoring and 22 percent of their rebounding from a season ago. Junior guard Kyle Wiggins is the team’s lone returning starter. The 6-2, 170-pounder averaged 8.0 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 27.1 minutes a contest as a sophomore. Junior forward Alex North started four of five games to begin the year before missing the rest of the season due to injury. North averaged 6.8 points and 6.2 rebounds in his five outings.
• Washburn is under the direction of longtime head coach Bob Chipman, who was a college teammate of OU head coach Lon Kruger at Kansas State in the early 1970s (the pair helped the Wildcats to back-to-back Big Eight regular season titles in 1971-72 and 1972-73). Chipman is in his 35th season at Washburn, where he owns a 740-304 (.709) record. He has racked up 12 regular season conference championships and won the 1987 NAIA national title.

Saturday’s game will mark the sixth between Oklahoma and Washburn, and the third as an exhibition. The Sooners won regular season meetings over the Ichabods in 1909-10 (55-20 in Norman under head coach Bennie Owen), 1930-31 (30-27 in Topeka under head coach Hugh McDermott) and 1972-73 (79-55 in Norman under head coach John MacLeod).

Last year, OU posted an 83-66 home exhibition win over Washburn (box score on page 7 of these notes) behind a team-high 16 points from Buddy Hield. The then-freshman added five rebounds and three steals in 24 minutes. Will McNeill led Washburn with 19 points. Two years ago, the Sooners notched an 85-59 exhibition win over the Ichabods at Lloyd Noble Center.

Saturday’s contest will mark the 10th time for OU head coach Lon Kruger to face a Bob Chipman-coached Washburn team. Kruger beat Washburn once while the head coach at Pan American and six times while the head coach at UNLV (five exhibitions and one regular season game).

The Sooners will play the second of two exhibition games when they host National Christian College Athletic Association foe Oklahoma Christian on Monday at 7 p.m. CT as part of OU’s Field House Series. The game will be held at McCasland Field House in the heart of OU’s campus.



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