Sooners Host Intrastate Foe Tulsa

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
DECEMBER 12, 2013

 Oklahoma (8-1) vs. Tulsa (3-6)
 Date & Tip Time  Saturday, Dec. 14 at 4:05 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  FS Oklahoma; FOX College Sports Atlantic
 Radio  Sooner Radio Network 
 KOKC 1520 AM in Oklahoma City
 KTBZ 1430 AM in Tulsa
 Sirius 136; XM 196
 Webcast  None
 Live Stats
 Game Info  Game Notes (PDF)

A winner of four straight games, Oklahoma (8-1) hosts intrastate foe Tulsa (3-6) on Saturday at 4 p.m. CT at Lloyd Noble Center.  It will mark the first meeting between the programs since the 2008-09 season.  The Sooners, who rank 14th nationally by averaging 86.7 points a game and have scored at least 80 points in seven of nine outings (scored at least 76 in the other two), are coming off an 81-66 win over George Mason on Sunday in the BB&T Classic in Washington, D.C.  Tulsa knocked off UALR on Tuesday at home, 78-64.

Saturday’s contest will air on the Sooner Radio Network (KRXO 107.7 FM "The Franchise" in Oklahoma City; KTBZ 1430 AM in Tulsa; Sirius 136; XM 196) with Toby Rowland and Mike Houck calling the action.  The game will be televised by Sooner Sports TV (FS Oklahoma and FOX College Sports Atlantic) with Bob Carpenter, Billy Tubbs 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 Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

• OU student tickets cost $10.  

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• Oklahoma owns a 28-11 all-time series lead against Tulsa and has won 12 of the last 13 meetings.  Saturday’s contest will mark the first between the programs since the Sooners posted a 69-44 road win at the BOK Center on Dec. 7, 2008.  Eventual consensus national-player-of-the-year Blake Griffin finished with team highs of 19 points, nine rebounds and three blocks while also recording three steals.  OU shot .500 from the field while holding the Golden Hurricane to a .333 mark.

• OU freshman point guard Jordan Woodard is the younger brother of Tulsa sophomore guard James Woodard.  Key players on their respective teams, Jordan is averaging 10.6 points and an OU-high 4.6 assists per game (ranks sixth in Big 12) while James leads the Golden Hurricane with his 13.4 points and 5.7 rebounds a contest.  The pair played two years together on Edmond Memorial High School’s varsity squad, winning the Oklahoma Class 6A title in 2011 and finishing runner up in 2012.  Jordan led his squad to the 2013 title, as well.

• Senior forward Cameron Clark and sophomore guard Buddy Hield have been OU’s most consistent scorers and lead the team with their 18.0 and 16.4 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 five of the last seven games, and has scored at least 19 points in five of the last six (averaging 20.5 points and 6.8 rebounds in those six outings).  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 12 points in all nine outings, paces the squad with his 15 3-pointers and also averages 4.6 rebounds.

• Four Sooners have already registered more double-digit scoring games through nine contests this season than they did in 32 outings last season.  Hield has done it in all nine games this year (seven last year), Clark has done it eight times (six last year), Isaiah Cousins five times (twice last season) and Tyler Neal twice (none last 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 86.7 points through nine regular season games to rank 14th nationally (it has scored at least 40 points in 15 of its 18 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).

• Conference USA member Tulsa enters Saturday’s game with a 3-6 record after winning its last two games (98-71 over Texas Southern and 78-64 over UALR; both at home).  The Golden Hurricane began the year 0-4 but has won three of its last five.  Its other win was a 63-62 outcome against Indiana State in the first round of the Great Alaska Shootout.  TU is averaging 72.2 points a game while shooting .432 from the field, .342 from 3-point range (6.1 makes per outing) and .636 from the free throw line.  Opponents are averaging 73.9 points and are shooting .433 overall and .348 from behind the arc (6.2 makes per game).  Foes also hold a +3.0 average rebounding margin per game.

• The Golden Hurricane is led by sophomore guard James Woodard, who is averaging team highs of 13.4 points and 5.7 rebounds in 29.6 minutes a contest.  The older brother of Oklahoma freshman point guard Jordan Woodard, James Woodard has made a team-high 18 3-pointers (2.0 per game) and is shooting team highs of .439 from deep and .806 from the free throw line.  He scored 19 points in Tuesday’s win over UALR and tallied a season-high 25 the previous game against Texas Southern.  Sophomore forward Rashad Smith averages 12.9 points and 5.4 boards while shooting .483 from the field.  He has scored at least 14 points five times.  Sophomore point guard Shaquille Harrison contributes 9.6 points and team highs of 3.8 assists and 1.8 steals per contest.

• Tulsa head coach Danny Manning is in his second year at the school and owns a 20-22 (.476) record there (TU finished 17-16 last season).  A 1991 graduate of Kansas, Manning is the Big Eight Conference’s all-time scoring leader (2,951 points) and, as a senior, led the Jayhawks to an 83-79 win over Oklahoma in the 1988 national title game in Kansas City, Mo.

• Sophomore combo guard Je’lon Hornbeak is expected to miss four to six weeks after breaking a bone in his left foot Thursday in practice.  Hornbeak is averaging 5.7 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 21.0 minutes per game off the bench.

• Sunday's 81-66 win over George Mason marked the first time three Sooners registered a double-double in a game since Dec. 28, 1997, when Corey Brewer, Ryan Humphrey and Eduardo Najera did it against Alabama in the All-College Tournament in Oklahoma City.  Senior forward Cameron Clark finished with a team-high 22 points as well as 10 boards, sophomore forward Ryan Spangler registered 13 points and a career-high-tying 13 rebounds, and sophomore guard Buddy Hield tallied 12 points and 10 boards.

• The Sooners have used the same starting lineup in all nine games and each starter is averaging double figures in scoring.  The starters have accounted for 78 percent of the team’s points on the year.

• OU has scored at least 40 points in 15 of 18 halves this season.  Last year, the Sooners didn’t register their 15th 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 steals (8.4 spg) and third in scoring offense (86.7), assists (15.6 apg), free throw percentage (.719), 3-point field goal percentage defense (.306) and turnover margin (+3.2 per game).

• Oklahoma players have recorded seven double-digit rebounding totals this season through nine games, the same number they had all of last season in 32 contests.  Romero Osby paced the Sooners with three games of 10 or more boards last year. Spangler already has five such games this season.

• With his .661 field goal percentage, 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 nine games (shot 50 percent or better in the other two), ranks second in the league in rebounding (9.3) and sixth in blocked shots (1.6).

• In OU’s first five games, freshman point guard Jordan Woodard averaged 8.6 points on .270 field goal and .182 (2-for-11) 3-point shooting.  In four games since, he is averaging 13.0 points on .500 field goal and .667 (6-for-9) 3-point shooting.

• 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 .486 and .474 shooting marks.  Cousins had never scored more than 10 points in a game prior to three weeks ago but has netted at least 10 in five of the last six contests.  During the six-game stretch he is averaging 13.0 points on .500 field goal and .500 (8-for-16) 3-point shooting.

OU hosts UT Arlington on Tuesday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m. CT.  The game will be televised on FS Southwest Plus and FOX College Sports Central.



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