Field House Series Resumes Monday

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
NOVEMBER 03, 2013
 Oklahoma (0-0) vs. Oklahoma Christian (0-0)
 Date & Tip Time  Monday, Nov. 4 at 7:05 p.m. CT
 Location  Norman, Okla. | McCasland Field House
 Tickets  $5 for general public
 Free for OU students with valid school I.D.
 OU Athletics Ticket Office
 TV  Sooner Sports TV
 FS Southwest
 FOX College Sports Pacific
 Radio  Sooner Radio Network 
 KRXO 107.7 FM in Oklahoma City
 KTBZ 1430 AM in Tulsa
 Webcast  None
 Live Stats
 Game Info  Game Notes (PDF)

The Sooners play their second of two preseason exhibition games when they host Oklahoma Christian on Monday at 7 p.m. CT. Part of OU’s Field House Series, the game will be played at McCasland Field House in the middle of campus. Oklahoma, which finished 20-12 last season and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in four years, is coming off a 104-76 win over Washburn on Saturday. The Eagles, members of the National Collegiate Christian Athletic Association who went 19-12 last season and advanced to the organization’s national title game, will be taking the court for the first time this year.

Monday’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 calling the action. The game will be televised by Sooner Sports TV (FS Southwest and FOX College Sports Atlantic) with Chad McKee, Billy Tubbs and Jessica Coody announcing.

• Tickets to Monday's game are $5 and can be purchased at OU Athletics Ticket Office (800-456-4668) and online here. McCasland Field House ticket windows will open at 5:30 p.m. on Monday.
• OU students will be admitted free with a valid school I.D.

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• Monday’s game will mark the second meeting between OU and Oklahoma Christian. The lone previous matchup occurred on Oct. 31, 2006, a 79-51 Sooners exhibition win at Lloyd Noble Center.
• OU head coach Lon Kruger and Oklahoma Christian head coach Dan Hays coached together for USA Basketball almost a quarter century ago. Hays served as an assistant coach under Kruger (head coach) on the 1990 U.S. Olympic Festival North team (event held in Minneapolis, Minn.) and on the gold-medal-winning 1991 Junior Men’s World Championship squad that went 8-0 in Edmonton, Alberta.
• Oklahoma played two games as part of the inaugural Field House Series last year. The Sooners beat Central Oklahoma 94-66 on Nov. 7 in an exhibition contest before downing Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 72-42 on Dec. 31 in regular-season play. OU is 320-153 (.677) all-time in regular-season action in the building. McCasland Field House, which now seats 3,300, served as the Sooners’ home from 1928 through 1975.
• 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).
• Oklahoma has won 19 consecutive preseason exhibition games and 48 of 50 over the last 25 seasons.

• Oklahoma used a 14-0 run midway through the first half to take a 37-17 lead and cruised to a 104-76 victory over NCAA Division II Washburn on Saturday in the Sooners’ exhibition opener. The 104 points represented the most by OU in an exhibition or regular-season game since it netted 118 against UNC-Pembroke in exhibition play prior to the 2005-06 campaign.
• Senior Cameron Clark (23) and sophomore Buddy Hield (21) combined for 44 points on 15-for-24 (.625) field goal and 5-for-8 (.625) 3-point shooting. Clark, who attempted just one 3-pointer last season, was 3-for-5 from behind the arc against the Ichabods and pulled down seven rebounds in 30 minutes. Hield added five rebounds, two assists and a steal in his 24 minutes.
• Freshman point guard Jordan Woodard had a successful debut in an OU uniform with 15 points, three rebounds and game highs of four assists and five steals in 25 minutes. He was 5-for-8 from the field, 2-for-2 from long range and 3-for-3 from the foul line.
• Senior forward Tyler Neal played a strong all-around game, finishing with 12 points (his season high last year was nine), seven rebounds, one assist, three blocks and two steals in 20 minutes of action. Newcomer Ryan Spangler, a transfer from Gonzaga, contributed 10 points (4-for-5 shooting) and a game-high eight rebounds in 21 minutes.

• Located in Edmond, Okla., Oklahoma Christian is in the second of a three-year NCAA Division II membership process and currently competes as a member of the National Christian College Athletic Association. The Eagles finished 19-12 last year and advanced to the NCCAA national title game, where they lost to Shorter College, 90-87.
• Oklahoma Christian returns nine players from last year’s squad, including double-digit scorers Kendre Talley (11.0 ppg) and Nick Tate (10.2 ppg). Talley is a senior point guard who started all 31 games last season and also averaged 5.3 assists and 1.4 steals in a team-high 34.1 minutes per contest. Tate, a junior guard, came off the bench in all but one game and shot .498 from the field and .419 (39-for-93) from 3-point range. He averaged 21.9 minutes a game. Also back is junior guard Willie Harper, who averaged 8.8 points in 20.5 minutes a contest.
• Monday’s game will mark the only exhibition contest this season for Oklahoma Christian. It opens the regular season Saturday at home against York (Neb.).
• The Eagles are under the direction of head coach Dan Hays, who is in his 31st season leading the Eagles and 36th season as an Oklahoma collegiate coach (he spent five years at Northwestern Oklahoma State). The five-time Sooner Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, Hays owns a 701-412 (.630) career record and is 630-343 (.647) at Oklahoma Christian.

Monday’s game will mark the second between the Sooners and Eagles. The teams first met on Oct. 31, 2006, an exhibition game that OU won 79-51. In the first game of the Jeff Capel era, the OU frontcourt trio of Keith Clark (18 points), Longar Longar (15) and Taylor Griffin (10) combined for 43 points in the 28-point win. Keith Harris scored a game-high 19 points for Oklahoma Christian.

Opened in 1928, the OU Field House served as the Sooners’ home until Lloyd Noble Center opened in December 1975. Under head coach Hugh McDermott, Oklahoma won the first game in the Field House -- a 45-19 drubbing of Phog Allen’s Kansas squad on Jan. 13, 1928, in front of more than 5,200 fans. OU finished 18-0 that year, and Allen suffered only one worse defeat in his 38-year KU coaching career.

Oklahoma’s all-time record in the OU Field House stands at 320-153 (.677). The Sooners won eight conference championships while playing in the facility (one Missouri Valley, six Big Six and one Big Seven). Head coaches who directed OU teams that played in the Field House were McDermott (11 seasons in the building), Bruce Drake (17), Doyle Parrack (7), Bob Stevens (5), John MacLeod (6) and Joe Ramsey (2). Drake’s 1938-39 and 1946-47 squads advanced to the NCAA semifinals and final, respectively.

McCasland Field House is named after Howard McCasland, who was a standout center for the Sooners from 1914-16.

OU head coach Lon Kruger played in two games inside McCasland Field House as a Kansas State guard in the 1970s. In 1972, he led K-State to an 80-71 win by recording a team-high 18 points and nine rebounds, and went on to be named Big Eight Sophomore of the Year. Two years later in Norman, Kruger contributed 12 points and six boards, but the Sooners pulled out a 65-63 win. Kruger, who was the 1973 and ’74 Big Eight Player of the Year, missed the 1973 contest inside the Field House due to injury (OU won 81-69).

OU starts the regular season on Friday when it plays Alabama at 4 p.m. CT in Dallas, Texas. One of three games involving Big 12 teams at American Airlines Center that day as part of the Tip-Off Showcase, the OU-Alabama contest will precede TCU vs. SMU and Baylor vs. Colorado. Tickets can be purchased at



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