Sooners Host North Texas in Home Opener

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
NOVEMBER 10, 2013

 Oklahoma (1-0) vs. North Texas (1-0)
 Date & Tip Time  Monday, Nov. 11 at 7:05 p.m. CT
 Location  Norman, Okla. | Lloyd Noble Center | Seating Views
 Tickets  $10, $20 and $30 for general public
  $10 for OU students
 OU Athletics Ticket Office
 TV  Sooner Sports TV
 FS Oklahoma
 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)

Oklahoma (1-0) and North Texas (1-0) meet in a Coaches vs. Cancer Classic matchup Monday at 7 p.m. CT in Norman.  Both teams won their season-opening games on Friday.  The Sooners responded from a 16-point first-half deficit to post an 82-73 win over Alabama in Dallas, while North Texas, which finished 12-20 last season, recorded a 72-67 home victory over NAIA foe Northwood.

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 Oklahoma) with Bob Carpenter, Renzi Stone and Jessica Coody announcing.

• Tickets are available for $10, $20 and $30 at the OU Athletics Ticket Office (800-456-4668) and online at  Lloyd Noble Center's north and east ticket windows will open at 5:30 p.m. on Monday.
• OU student tickets cost $10.   

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• Oklahoma holds a 3-1 all-time series lead against North Texas and has won the last three meetings (most recently a 100-72 triumph in Norman on Dec. 9, 2000).  The Mean Green’s lone series victory was an 86-78 decision on Dec. 17, 1966, in Norman.
• OU has won 20 consecutive home openers and 33 of its last 34.  The last team to beat the Sooners in their first home game of a season was Massachusetts (84-83) in 1993-94 (Billy Tubbs’ final year as OU’s head coach).
• Oklahoma will start its home season with an impressive streak intact.  The Sooners finished their 2012-13 home schedule by going nearly a month without trailing at Lloyd Noble Center.  The last time they were behind at home was Feb. 9 vs. Kansas (14-13 with 14:27 left in first half).  In their final four home games against TCU, Baylor, Iowa State and West Virginia, the Sooners never trailed.  They were ahead or tied for each of their final 194 minutes and 26 seconds at home.
• 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) from last season.  Hield averaged a team-high 25.0 points (shot 7-for-10 from 3-point range) in OU’s two preseason exhibition games and paced the squad with a career-high 19 points in Friday’s season opener against Alabama.
• This marks OU’s first appearance in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.  The Sooners will play a total of four games in this year’s event (Wednesday vs. Idaho, Nov. 22 vs. Seton Hall in Brooklyn, N.Y., and Nov. 23 vs. Michigan State or Virginia Tech in Brooklyn).  OU head coach Lon Kruger has a long affiliation with Coaches vs. Cancer and won its Champion Award in 2012.

• Oklahoma overcame a 26-10 deficit and outscored Alabama 72-47 in the final 31:40 of an 82-73 win to start the season Friday in Dallas, Texas.  The Sooners’ 82 points were more than all but two Alabama opponents scored in regulation last season (the Crimson Tide allowed just 58.4 points per contest a year ago).
• The teams were separated by just one point (OU led 67-66) before the Sooners outscored Alabama 15-7 over the final 5:21.
• The Crimson Tide made eight of its first nine field goal attempts and 11 of its first 15 while OU got off to a 4-for-11 start from the field.  From there, the Sooners outshot Alabama 46.2 percent to 40.4.
• OU didn’t grab its first rebound until 13:19 remained in the first half.  Still, the Sooners outboarded Alabama 38-37 for the game.
• Sophomore guard Buddy Hield scored a career-high 19 points on 7-for-14 shooting to lead OU’s offensive attack.  Hield added six rebounds and a team-high three steals.  His previous career scoring high was 17 points at UT Arlington in OU’s second game last season.
• Sophomore forward Ryan Spangler was sensational in his OU debut, finishing with 15 points (7-for-11 shooting) and a game-high 12 boards (five offensive).  The transfer from Gonzaga added two steals.
• Senior forward Cameron Clark contributed 14 points, six rebounds, two assists and a career-high-tying three blocked shots.  He recorded 10 points and five boards after halftime.  Clark, who went 1-for-1 from 3-point range all of last season, was 2-for-3 from deep Friday.
• Making his collegiate debut, freshman point guard Jordan Woodard was just 2-for-11 from the field but finished with 10 points with the help of 5-for-6 free throw shooting.  He registered a game-high seven assists against only two turnovers in 34 minutes.
• OU forced 14 turnovers while committing just nine, and attempted 25 free throws (made 19) to Alabama’s 17 (made 12).

• Directed by second-year head coach Tony Benford, North Texas is 1-0 after defeating NAIA opponent Northwood at home on Friday, 72-67.  The Mean Green won despite being held to a .362 field goal shooting mark and a .176 (3-for-17) 3-point shooting effort.  It posted a 57-41 rebounding advantage and forced 16 turnovers.
• North Texas went 12-20 last season and finished fourth in the Sun Belt Conference’s West Division with a 7-13 mark.  Now a member of Conference USA, the Mean Green returns six letterwinners and three starters from last year, including leading scorer Jordan Williams.  A 6-6, 195-pound junior guard, Williams averaged 14.2 points a game last season (18.5 over last 13 outings) and made a team-high 46 3-pointers (.341).  He registered nine points and a career-high 10 rebounds Friday against Northwood.  Also back are senior guard Alzee Williams (11.1 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.4 apg) and junior point guard Chris Jones (9.2 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 4.6 apg, 2.1 spg).  Williams scored a game-high 22 points on 9-for-15 shooting on Friday while Jones contributed 13 points, six boards and four assists.
• Benford came to North Texas after serving most recently as associate head coach at Marquette.  He also had assistant coaching stints at Nebraska, UTEP, Arizona State and New Mexico.  While at Arizona State, one of Benford’s pupils was current Oklahoma graduate assistant Kevin Kruger, son of OU head coach Lon Kruger.  Kevin Kruger played three years at ASU before transferring to play his final season at UNLV under his father.  Kevin Kruger started all 28 games his final year in Tempe and averaged 15.0 points while shooting .403 from 3-point range (81-for-209).  Arizona State’s head coach while Kevin Kruger was at ASU was current North Texas associate head coach Rob Evans.  

The Sooners are home again Wednesday at 7 p.m. when they host Idaho in a game that will be televised by FS Oklahoma and FOX College Sports Atlantic.



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