|Oklahoma (7-1) vs. George Mason (5-3)|
|Date & Tip Time||Sunday, Dec. 8 at noon CT|
|Location||Washington, D.C. | Verizon Center|
|TV||MASN (also carried by FS Southwest)|
|Radio|| Sooner Radio Network
KOKC 1520 AM in Oklahoma City
KTBZ 1430 AM in Tulsa
|Live Stats||Live Stats|
|Game Info||Game Notes (PDF)|
After sweeping its three-game home stand, Oklahoma (7-1) travels to Washington, D.C., to take on George Mason (5-3) in a neutral site contest Sunday at Verizon Center (home of the Washington Wizards). The game is the first of two that day as part of the BB&T Classic, with Maryland meeting George Washington in the second matchup. The Sooners, who rank 14th nationally by averaging 87.4 points a game, are coming off a 78-56 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. George Mason lost at home to South Florida on a last-second shot Wednesday, 68-66.
ON THE AIR
Sunday’s contest will air on the Sooner Radio Network (KRXO 107.7 FM "The Franchise" in Oklahoma City; KTBZ 1430 AM in Tulsa) with Tom Dore and Mike Houck calling the action. The game will be televised by MASN (carried by FS Southwest) with Jim Hunter, John Feinstein and Byron Kerr announcing.
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FIVE THINGS TO KNOW
• Sunday’s game will mark the first meeting between Oklahoma and George Mason in men’s basketball. OU does have history with the Verizon Center, however, losing 94-87 in overtime there to Indiana in the 1998 NCAA Tournament first round (building was then the MCI Center). Corey Brewer and Ryan Humphrey led the 10th-seeded Sooners with 22 and 18 points, respectively. Indiana was paced by Andrae Patterson’s 26 points and A.J. Guyton’s 23. OU rallied from a 19-point second-half deficit against the seventh-seeded Hoosiers.
• Senior forward Cameron Clark and sophomore guard Buddy Hield have been OU’s most consistent scorers and lead the team with their 17.5 and 17.0 respective scoring averages. Clark ranks third in the Big 12 in scoring while Hield ranks fourth. Clark has paced OU in the points department in four of the last six games, and is averaging 22.0 points (on .600 field goal shooting) and 7.3 rebounds in three games away from home. Included was a career-high 32-point night against top-ranked Michigan State in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic championship game. Hield, who has scored at least 13 points in all eight outings, paces the squad with his 15 3-pointers (shooting .385) and also averages 3.9 rebounds.
• Four Sooners have already registered more double-digit scoring games through eight contests this season than they did in 32 outings last season. Hield has done it in all eight games this year (seven last year), Clark has done it seven times (six last year), Isaiah Cousins five times (twice last season) and Tyler Neal twice (none last year).
• The Sooners have used the same starting lineup in all eight games and each starter is averaging double figures in scoring. The starters have accounted for 77 percent of the team’s points on the year.
• OU opened eyes in August when it averaged 90.6 points a contest during its five-game exhibition tour of Belgium and France (it averaged 70.6 last season). Since returning to the U.S., the Sooners have continued to put up points. Lon Kruger’s team averaged 96.0 points in its two preseason exhibition outings and is averaging 87.4 points through eight regular season games to rank 14th nationally (it has scored at least 40 points in 14 of its 16 halves). The last time OU averaged more than 80.0 points per game for an entire season was in 1994-95 (81.7 ppg in Kelvin Sampson’s first year as head coach).
PREVIEWING GEORGE MASON
• First-year Atlantic 10 Conference member George Mason enters Sunday’s game with a 5-3 record. After winning its first four games of the season, the Patriots have dropped three of the last four, including a 68-66 home contest Wednesday against South Florida in which the Bulls hit the winning basket with 2.4 seconds remaining. GMU, which averages 66.4 points a game, is shooting .447 from the field, .324 from 3-point range (4.5 makes per game) and .675 from the free throw line while allowing opponents to shoot .427 overall and .271 from deep. It is outrebounding its foes by 4.5 an outing but has 120 turnovers compared to 79 assists on the season.
• The Patriots are led by senior guard Sherrod Wright, who averages a team-high 17.5 points per game on .480 field goal and .400 (8-for-20) 3-point shooting. He also paces the squad with his 36 free throw makes and 54 attempts (.667). Wright, who like OU’s Isaiah Cousins attended Mount Vernon (N.Y.) High School (they were never varsity teammates), has scored at least 12 points in all eight games this season and has netted at least 22 on three occasions (season-high 27 at Princeton three games ago). Sophomore forward Marko Gujanicic averages 11.9 points (shooting .508) and a team-high 6.8 rebounds, while senior guard Bryon Allen averages 11.3 points and a team-high 4.5 assists. Allen is coming off a 14-point outing against South Florida in which he went 4-for-6 from 3-point range.
• George Mason head coach Paul Hewitt is in his third year at the school and owns a 51-28 (.646) record. A 1985 graduate of St. John Fisher College (Rochester, N.Y.) who was born in Jamaica, Hewitt also spent three years as head coach at Siena and 11 years at Georgia Tech. He guided the Yellow Jackets to the 2004 national title game and owns a 307-217 (.586) career record.
• With his .673 field goal percentage, sophomore forward Ryan Spangler would lead the Big 12 in the category if he had enough makes to qualify (players need to average 5.0 makes per game; he averages 4.6). Spangler, who has shot at least 60 percent from the floor in seven of eight games (shot 50 percent in the other), ranks third in the league in rebounding (8.9) and sixth in blocked shots (1.6).
• After averaging 2.7 points on .279 field goal and .250 3-point shooting as a freshman last season, guard Isaiah Cousins is averaging 11.6 points this year and owns respective .484 and .500 shooting marks.
• Freshman point guard Jordan Woodard ranks sixth in the Big 12 with his 4.8 assists per game and fourth with his 2.9 assist-to-turnover ratio. Over the last four outings he is averaging 5.3 assists and just 1.0 turnover.
• OU has scored at least 40 points in 14 of 16 halves this season. Last year, the Sooners didn’t register their 14th 40-point half until the 28th game of the season (they scored 40 in a half 17 times on the year).
• The Sooners rank second in the Big 12 in assists (16.4 apg) and steals (8.5 spg), as well as third in turnover margin (+4.1 per game) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.5).
• OU is off to a strong start from 3-point range, shooting .381 from behind the arc and averaging 8.0 makes. Last year, OU shot .323 (5.0 makes per game) and the year before that posted a .352 mark (4.5 makes a contest).
OU returns home to host Tulsa on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 4 p.m. CT. The game will be televised on FS Oklahoma and FOX College Sports Atlantic.