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OU Opens Big 12 Play at Texas Saturday
January 03, 2014
 Oklahoma (11-2, 0-0) vs. Texas (11-2, 0-0)
 Date & Tip Time  Saturday, Jan. 4 at 7 p.m. CT
 Location  Austin, Texas | Frank Erwin Center
 TV  Longhorn Network
 Radio  Sooner Radio Network 
 KRXO 107.7 FM in Oklahoma City
 KTBZ 1430 AM in Tulsa
 Webcast  None
 Live Stats  SIDEARM Sports
 Game Info  Game Notes (PDF)

QUICK PREVIEW
Oklahoma (11-2) opens Big 12 play at Texas (11-2) on Saturday at 7 p.m. CT inside the Frank Erwin Center.  The Sooners, who are opening conference play on the road for the third straight year and seventh time in the last nine seasons, saw their seven-game winning streak end Monday in a 102-98 home overtime loss to Louisiana Tech.  The Longhorns have also won seven of their last eight and are coming off a 66-44 home win over Rice on Monday. 

ON THE AIR
Saturday’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 the Longhorn Network with Paul Sunderland, Bruce Bowen and Kaylee Hartung announcing.

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FIVE THINGS TO KNOW
• Oklahoma holds a 48-35 all-time advantage over Texas despite the Longhorns taking 14 of the last 17 meetings.  OU is a respectable 16-19 against UT in Austin but has lost eight straight there.  Its last win at the Erwin Center came in 2005 (74-58).  The teams split last season (box scores and summaries on page 22 of these notes), with the Sooners winning 73-67 and the Longhorns answering with 92-86 overtime victory.  In Austin, OU shot .708 from the field and .778 (7-for-9) from 3-point range in the first half for a 43-28 halftime lead.  The Sooners extended their advantage to 67-45 with 7:54 remaining in the second half but were outscored 32-10 the rest of regulation before falling in overtime.

• 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.  They are averaging 87.2 points through 13 regular season games to rank fifth nationally.  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 leads the Big 12 in scoring (18.5 ppg) while sophomore guard Buddy Hield ranks ninth (15.8 ppg).  Clark has OU’s top three scoring performances (32 vs. then-No. 1 Michigan State, 31 vs. Tulsa and 26 vs. Louisiana Tech) and ranks 11th in the Big 12 in field goal percentage (.497), third in free throw percentage (.852) and 14th in rebounding (6.3 rpg).  He is shooting .500 from 3-point range (18-for-36), a figure that would lead the league if he had enough makes (he is one shy of qualifying in the category).  Hield, who has scored in double figures in 12 of 13 outings, has netted at least 17 points seven times.

• Three Sooners have already scored more points through 13 games this year than they did all of last season (32 games).  Clark has tallied 240 points this year (207 last year), sophomore Isaiah Cousins has registered 140 (85 last season) and senior forward Tyler Neal has netted 68 (30 last year).  Hield needs just five points to match last year’s total of 211.  Cousins’ and Neal’s shooting percentages are way up, as well.  Cousins shot .279 from the field and .250 from 3-point distance a year ago, but is shooting .457 and .414 this season.  Neal shot .214 and .261 as a junior, but sports .556 and .450 figures this year.

• Oklahoma has used the same starting lineup in all 13 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 and Texas are the only two Big 12 teams with five players averaging double figures in points.

PREVIEWING TEXAS
• After finishing 16-18 last year (first losing campaign since 1997-98), Texas is off to an 11-2 start this season.  The Longhorns, who start two freshmen, two sophomores and a junior, have lost only to BYU (86-82 in Kansas City) and to No. 5 Michigan State (92-78 at home).  Their signature win came at then-No. 14 North Carolina three games ago (86-83).  They have come from behind in the second half in five of their 11 victories.  Texas leads the Big 12 in blocked shots (6.9 per game) and ranks second in rebounding margin (+8.4 per game).  It averages 78.3 points a contest (ranks seventh in league) while giving up 69.5 (ranks ninth).

• Like Oklahoma, Texas has five players averaging double figures in scoring.  Junior forward Jonathan Holmes is averaging a team-high 13.1 points and has reached double figures in 11 of his 12 outings.  He ranks second on the squad with his 6.9 rebounds per game and is shooting .521 from the field, .424 from 3-point range (14 makes) and .843 from the free throw line (43 makes).  Freshman guard Isaiah Taylor averages 11.8 points and a team-high 3.8 assists.  Sophomore center Cameron Ridley averages 10.8 points and a team-high 7.2 boards.

• Head coach Rick Barnes is in his 16th season at Texas and is 369-157 there.  He is in his 27th season overall and owns a 571-291 career mark.  Barnes also coached at Clemson (four years), Providence (six) and George Mason (one).  He is 14-1 in Big 12 home openers.

SOONER TIP-INS
• Sophomore guard Je’lon Hornbeak has missed four games since breaking a bone in his left foot Dec. 10 in practice and his status for Saturday is questionable.  Originally 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 seven-game winning streak that ended Monday was its longest in five seasons.

• 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 reached the 90-point mark once last season.  This year’s Sooners have already hit 90 points six times (five times in the last eight outings).  OU’s been held under 75 points just once this season (versus Texas A&M two games ago).  In that contest it held the Aggies to .269 field goal shooting (lowest mark by an opponent in six seasons) in a 64-52 win.

• OU has had at least five double-digit scorers in six of 13 games this season after it accomplished the feat three times all of last year.

• In their first eight games, the Sooners were outrebounded by an average of 0.7 boards per contest.  In five games since, OU has outrebounded its foes by an average of 9.4 an outing. 

• OU has scored at least 40 points in 21 of 26 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 13 games this year (as well as the overtime tip against Louisiana Tech on Monday).

• Oklahoma players have recorded 10 double-digit rebounding totals through 13 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 seven such games this season.

• As a junior last year, Cameron Clark attempted one 3-point field goal (he made it).  This season, Clark is 18-for-36 (.500) from deep.

• Freshman Jordan Woodard has taken a big offensive leap the last month.  Woodard averaged 8.6 points and 4.8 assists in OU’s first five games while shooting .182 (2-for-11) from 3-point range.  In eight games since (seven wins), he is averaging 14.5 points and 5.3 assists while hitting eight of his 17 3-point shots (.471).  Named the Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of the Week on Dec. 17 by CBSSports.com and the USBWA, Woodard leads the Big 12 in free throw makes (77) and attempts (101).

• After averaging 2.7 points last season and never scoring more than 10 points in a game prior to Nov. 22 of this year, sophomore guard Isaiah Cousins has netted at least 10 points in seven of the last 10 contests.  He scored a career-high 19 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.

UP NEXT
OU plays its first Big 12 home game when it hosts No. 16/17 Kansas on Wednesday at 6 p.m. CT (televised by ESPN2).

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