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OU Closes Pre-Conference Play Monday
December 29, 2013

 Oklahoma (11-1) vs. Louisiana Tech (10-3)
 Date & Tip Time  Monday, Dec. 30 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; FOX College Sports Central
 Radio  Sooner Radio Network 
 KOKC 1520 AM in Oklahoma City
 KTBZ 1430 AM in Tulsa
 Sirius 111; XM 193
 Webcast  None
 Live Stats  SoonerSports.com
 Game Info  Game Notes (PDF)

QUICK PREVIEW
Oklahoma (11-1) closes the pre-conference portion of its schedule when it hosts Louisiana Tech (10-3) on Monday at 7 p.m. CT at Lloyd Noble Center.  The Sooners, who are on a seven-game winning streak and are 26th in this week’s AP poll, haven’t played since a 64-52 win over Texas A&M Dec. 21 in Houston.  The Bulldogs have won four of their last five outings and are coming off an 83-61 road win over ULM on Dec. 22.

ON THE AIR
Monday’s contest will air on the Sooner Radio Network (KRXO 107.7 FM “The Franchise” in Oklahoma City; KTBZ 1430 AM in Tulsa; Sirius 111; XM 193) with Toby Rowland and Mike Houck calling the action.  The game will be televised by Sooner Sports TV with Bob Carpenter, Billy Tubbs and Jessica Coody announcing.

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

• OU student tickets cost $10. 

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

FIVE THINGS TO KNOW
• Oklahoma owns an 8-0 series advantage against Louisiana Tech, but the teams haven’t met since Dec. 8, 2001, a 71-67 Sooners overtime win in Norman (box score is on page 21 of these notes).  Hollis Price was 7-for-11 from the field and 4-for-6 from 3-point range en route to a game-high 25-point day for an OU team that participated in the Final Four that year.  Gerrod Henderson led the Bulldogs with 21 points.  The programs have met twice in the NCAA Tournament.  OU won 86-84 in overtime in the 1985 Sweet 16 in Dallas behind 23 points and 11 rebounds from Wayman Tisdale, who hit the game-winner with three seconds left (Karl Malone had 20 points and 16 rebounds for Louisiana Tech).  The Sooners posted a 124-81 win in the 1989 NCAA Tournament second round in Nashville, Tenn., behind 34 points and 7 assists from Mookie Blaylock.
 
• Oklahoma’s seven-game winning streak is its longest in five seasons (OU registered 12- and 13-game streaks in the 2008-09 campaign).  During the current winning streak, the Sooners have trailed for a total of three minutes and 16 seconds out of 280 minutes of game time.  Their largest deficit has been two points.  Over the last four outings, OU has trailed for 51 seconds (out of 160 minutes).
 
• 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 86.3 points through 12 regular season games to rank 10th nationally (it has scored at least 40 points in 20 of its 24 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).
 
• Senior forward Cameron Clark ranks fourth the Big 12 in scoring (17.8 ppg) while sophomore guard Buddy Hield ranks sixth (16.3 ppg).  Clark has two games of more than 30 points (32 vs. then-No. 1 Michigan State and 31 vs. Tulsa) and ranks sixth in the Big 12 in field goal percentage (.507), fifth in free throw percentage (.843) and 15th in rebounding (6.2 rpg).  He is shooting .500 from 3-point range (17-for-34), a figure that would lead the league if he had enough makes (one shy of qualifying in the category).  Hield, who has scored in double figures in 11 of 12 outings, paces the squad with his 21 3-pointers (shooting .355 from deep).  He has scored at least 17 points seven times.
 
• OU freshman Jordan Woodard has taken a big offensive leap during the team’s seven-game winning streak.  Named the Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of the Week on Dec. 17 by CBSSports.com and the USBWA, Woodard averaged 8.6 points and 4.8 assists while shooting .182 (2-for-11) from 3-point range over the season’s first five games.  In seven games since (all wins), he is averaging 14.7 points and 5.7 assists while hitting half of his 3-point shots (8-for-16).  Woodard leads the Big 12 in free throw makes (72) and attempts (94) and ranks 10th in free throw percentage (.766).  He is averaging 13.0 free throw attempts over the last three games.
 
PREVIEWING LOUISIANA TECH
• First-year Conference USA member Louisiana Tech enters Monday’s game with a 10-3 record, tied for the league’s second-best mark.  The Bulldogs, who return four starters from last year’s 27-7 squad that advanced to the NIT second round, have won won four of their last five contests and are 6-2 away from home (3-1 in true road games).  Their only losses came at St. Mary’s (Calif.) by an 83-70 count, at home to UL-Lafayette (89-80) and versus Oklahoma State in Oklahoma City (70-55).  LA Tech is averaging 81.8 points and is shooting .474 from the field, .327 from 3-point range (6.7 makes a game) and .662 from the free throw line.  It is outrebounding opponents by 3.7 per contest and is holding them to .397 field goal and .312 3-point (5.2 makes an outing) percentages.
 
• The Bulldogs are led by a trio of players averaging double figures in scoring.  Junior guard Raheem Appleby averages a team-high 16.1 points a game on .452 field goal and .315 (17-for-54) 3-point shooting.  The 6-4, 160-pounder, who has scored more than 20 points five times this year, also averages 2.4 assists.  Sophomore guard Alex Hamilton averages 13.8 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.5 steals while shooting .535 from the field.  He is coming off a 17-point, nine-rebound, five-assist game at ULM.  Senior forward Chris Anderson contributes 10.6 points and 5.2 rebounds a contest.
 
• Michael White is in his third year as a collegiate head coach, all at Louisiana Tech.  The 1999 Ole Miss grad is 55-26 (.679).
 
SOONER TIP-INS
• Sophomore guard Je’lon Hornbeak has missed three games since breaking a bone in his left foot Dec. 10 in practice.  Projected to miss 4-6 weeks, Hornbeak is averaging 5.7 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 21.0 minutes a game off the bench in his nine contests.
 
• Oklahoma’s 11-1 start is its second best in the last 11 years.  The 2008-09 Sooners began the season 25-1.
 
• The Sooners have surpassed 100 points twice this year.  The last time OU had two 100-point games in a season was during the 2004-05 campaign.  The last time the Sooners scored 100 points at least three times in a season was 2001-02.  Entering this year, OU had reached 100 points in a game one time in the previous eight seasons.
 
• OU has used the same starting lineup in all 12 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.
 
• In their first eight games, the Sooners were outrebounded by an average of 0.7 boards per contest.  In four games since, OU has outrebounded its foes by an average of 12.0 an outing. 
 
• OU has scored at least 40 points in 20 of 24 halves this season.  Last year, the Sooners scored 40 in a half 17 times all season.
 
• Despite standing just 6-8, sophomore forward Ryan Spangler has won the opening tip in 10 of 12 games this year.
 
• Oklahoma players have recorded nine double-digit rebounding totals through 12 games, compared to seven all of last year (in 32 games).  Romero Osby paced OU with three games of 10 or more boards last year.  Spangler already has six such games this season.
 
• As a junior last year, Cameron Clark attempted one 3-point field goal (he made it).  This season, Clark is 17-for-34 (.500) from deep.
 
• After averaging 2.7 points on .279 field goal and .250 3-point shooting as a freshman last season, guard Isaiah Cousins is averaging 10.7 points this year and owns respective .448 and .407 shooting marks.  Cousins had never scored more than 10 points in a game prior to Nov. 22 but has netted at least 10 in six of the last nine contests.  He scored a career-high 19 points against Seton Hall on Nov. 22 (7-for-8 field goal shooting), followed with 15 against Michigan State the next night and scored another 15 Dec. 14 against Tulsa.
 
• Four Sooners have already registered more double-digit scoring games through 12 contests this season than they did in 32 outings last season.  Hield has done it in 11 of 12 games this year (seven last year), Clark has done it 10 times (six last year), 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 12 games this season after they accomplished the feat three times all of last year.
 
• Oklahoma’s only loss came to then-No. 1 Michigan State in the Nov. 23 Coaches vs. Cancer Classic title game, a contest in which OU outscored the Spartans 65-47 over 28 of the game’s 40 minutes.  But because MSU went on a 40-11 run over the last 10 minutes of the first half and first two of the second, it registered the 87-76 win.  The Sooners trailed by just four with three minutes to go. 
 
UP NEXT
OU starts Big 12 play on Saturday, Jan. 4, when it plays at Texas at 7 p.m. CT.
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