Sooners Welcome UT Arlington to LNC
December 16, 2013

 Oklahoma (9-1) vs. UT Arlington (4-6)
 Date & Tip Time  Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 7 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 Southwest Plus; FOX College Sports Central
 Radio  Sooner Radio Network 
 KOKC 1520 AM in Oklahoma City
 KTBZ 1430 AM in Tulsa
 Webcast  None
 Live Stats
 Game Info  Game Notes (PDF)

Riding a five-game winning streak, Oklahoma (9-1) hosts UT Arlington (4-6) on Tuesday at 7 p.m. CT at Lloyd Noble Center.  The Sooners, who rank 10th nationally with their 88.1 points per game and are coming off a 101-91 win over Tulsa on Saturday, are 6-0 all-time against UT Arlington.  The Mavericks won 80-70 at Houston Baptist on Saturday for their second straight victory.

Tuesday'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 Plus and FOX College Sports Central) 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 Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

• OU student tickets cost $10.  

Complete Release (PDF) | Schedule | Media Guide | Tickets

• Oklahoma owns a 6-0 all-time series lead against UT Arlington, with five of those wins coming in Norman.  The lone meeting not occurring in Norman was last year’s 63-59 outcome in Arlington on Nov. 16 (box score on page 21 of these notes).  The Sooners prevailed despite shooting just .328 from the field and committing 18 turnovers.  Buddy Hield led OU with 17 points off the bench (all in the first half).

• OU freshman point guard Jordan Woodard was named the Big 12 Newcomer of the Week on Monday after his banner day in Saturday’s 101-91 win over Tulsa.  Woodard established career highs of 24 points and eight assists while adding a career-high-tying three rebounds.  He scored 17 points at the free throw line on a school-record-tying 22 attempts.  Woodard’s shooting percentages and scoring numbers are up significantly over the last two-and-a-half weeks.  In OU’s first five games, he averaged 8.6 points on .270 field goal and .182 (2-for-11) 3-point shooting.  In five games since, he is averaging 15.2 points on .536 field goal and .700 (7-for-10) 3-point shooting.

• Senior forward Cameron Clark and sophomore guard Buddy Hield have been OU’s most consistent scorers this season and lead the team with their respective 17.7 and 17.1 scoring averages.  Clark ranks fourth in the Big 12 in scoring while Hield ranks fifth.  Clark has paced OU in the points department in five of the last eight games, and has scored at least 15 points in six of the last seven (averaging 19.7 points and 7.0 rebounds in those seven 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 10 outings, paces the squad with his 18 3-pointers and also averages 4.3 rebounds.

• 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 is averaging 88.1 points through 10 regular season games to rank 10th nationally (it has scored at least 40 points in 17 of its 20 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).

• Four Sooners have already registered more double-digit scoring games through 10 contests this season than they did in 32 outings last season.  Hield has done it in all 10 games this year (seven last year), Clark has done it nine times (six last year), Isaiah Cousins six times (twice last season) and Tyler Neal three times (none last year).  OU has had five double-digit scorers in five of their 10 games this season after they accomplished the feat three times all of last year.

• First-year Sun Belt Conference member UT Arlington enters Tuesday’s game with a 4-6 record and has won its last two contests.  The Mavericks, who are coming off an 80-70 road win over Houston Baptist, have already played six road games and are 1-5 in those contests.  They are averaging a healthy 81.5 points per game and are shooting .445 from the field, .348 from 3-point range (8.8 makes an outing) and .689 from the free throw line.  Opponents are shooting .443 from the field and .377 from behind the arc (9.2 makes a game).  UTA is outrebounding its foes by an average of 2.7 boards a contest.

• Three Mavericks are averaging double figures in scoring.  Senior guard Reger Dowell, a transfer from Oklahoma State, ranks 15th nationally with his 22.2 points per game.  Dowell averages 3.9 3-point makes and 11.0 attempts per outing (shooting .355).  He scored at least 20 points in each of the team’s first seven games (averaged 24.6) but has been held under 20 in each of the last three (averaging  16.7).  Senior forward Brandon Edwards averages 19.7 points and a team-high 10.2 rebounds a game while shooting .554 from the field and .811 from the free throw line.  He is coming off a career-high 31-point effort against Houston Baptist in which he was 9-for-13 from the field and 10-for-11 from the foul line.  Junior guard Lonnie McClanahan is averaging 11.8 points, 3.9 rebounds and a team-high 4.0 assists per game.  An honorable mention junior college All-American last year, he has scored in double figures in seven of 10 outings and is coming off a career-high 22-point night.

• UT Arlington is under the direction of head coach Scott Cross, who is 126-102 in his eighth year as a collegiate head coach (all at UTA).  The 1998 UTA graduate was the 2012 Southland Conference Coach of the Year (24-9 record) and led the Mavericks to their lone NCAA Tournament appearance in 2008.  Last year he guided UTA to a 19-14 mark.

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

• The Sooners have surpassed 100 points twice this year.  The last time OU had multiple 100-point games in a season was during the 2004-05 campaign (also twice).  Entering this year, OU had reached 100 points in a game one time in the previous eight seasons.

• OU has scored at least 40 points in 17 of 20 halves this season.  Last year, the Sooners scored 40 in a half 17 times all season.

• The Sooners rank second in the Big 12 in steals (8.0 spg) and third in scoring offense (88.1), assists (15.4 apg), free throw percentage (.717) and turnover margin (+2.9 per game).

• OU has used the same starting lineup in all 10 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.

• Oklahoma players have recorded seven double-digit rebounding totals this season through 10 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. Sophomore forward Ryan Spangler already has five such games this season.

• 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 .475 and .478 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 six of the last seven contests.  During the seven-game stretch he is averaging 13.3 points and is shooting .500 (10-for-20).

OU plays its fifth game in an NBA arena this season when it meets Texas A&M in the Dickie’s Classic on Saturday at 6 p.m. CT in Houston, Texas.  The game, part of the Big 12-SEC Challenge, will be televised by ESPNU and be played at the Toyota Center.

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