|Oklahoma (12-3, 1-1) vs. No. 9/7 Iowa State (14-0, 2-0)|
|Date & Tip Time||Saturday, Jan. 11 at 11:02 a.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
|Radio|| Sooner Radio Network
KRXO 107.7 FM in Oklahoma City
KTBZ 1430 AM in Tulsa
Sirius 85; XM 85
|Game Info||Game Notes (PDF)|
In a matchup of two of the nation’s highest-scoring teams, Oklahoma (12-3, 1-1) hosts No. 9/7 Iowa State (14-0, 2-0) on Saturday at 11 a.m. CT inside Lloyd Noble Center. The Sooners and Cyclones each average 87.0 points per game, tied for sixth most nationally. OU started 11-1 on the year but has lost two of its last three. Iowa State’s 14-0 start is its best in school history.
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; Sirius 85; XM 85) with Toby Rowland and Mike Houck calling the action. The game will be televised by ESPNU with Anish Shroff and Tim Welsh announcing.
• 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 Saturday at 9:30 a.m.
• OU student tickets cost $10.
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FIVE THINGS TO KNOW
• Oklahoma owns a 111-81 all-time record against Iowa State and is 61-22 in the series in Norman (OU has won eight of the last nine meetings and 22 of the last 26 at Lloyd Noble Center). Last year in Norman, the Sooners tied an NCAA record for most free throw attempts without a miss (34) in an 86-69 victory. ISU posted an 83-64 win in Ames and a 73-66 triumph in the Big 12 Championship quarterfinals. It outscored OU 87-36 from 3-point range in the three matchups.
• 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 87.0 points through 15 regular season games to lead the Big 12 and rank sixth 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).
• Oklahoma boasts two of the Big 12’s top seven scorers in senior forward Cameron Clark (first at 18.7 ppg) and sophomore guard Buddy Hield (seventh at 16.4 ppg). Clark has OU’s top four scoring performances (32 vs. then-No. 1 Michigan State and No. 18 Kansas, 31 vs. Tulsa and 26 vs. Louisiana Tech) and ranks ninth in the Big 12 in field goal percentage (.485), fifth in free throw percentage (.814) and 17th in rebounding (6.0 rpg). He has already made 18 3-pointers this season (shooting .429) after attempting just one all of last year. Hield, who has scored in double figures in 14 of 15 outings, has netted at least 17 points nine times.
• Four Sooners have each already scored significantly more points through 15 games this year than they did all of last season (32 games). Clark has tallied 280 points this year (207 last year), Hield has netted 246 (211 last year), sophomore Isaiah Cousins has registered 157 (85 last season) and senior forward Tyler Neal has netted 92 (30 last year). Cousins shot .279 from the field and .250 from 3-point distance a year ago but is shooting .453 and .441 this season. Similarly, Neal shot .214 and .261 as a junior but sports .531 and .483 figures this year.
• Oklahoma is the only Big 12 team that has used the same starting lineup in every game this year. Each OU starter is averaging double figures in scoring, and the quintet has accounted for 78 percent of the team’s points on the year. The Sooners are also one of only two Big 12 teams with five players averaging double figures in points (Texas is the other).
PREVIEWING IOWA STATE
• Picked fourth in the Big 12 preseason coaches poll, Iowa State (14-0, 2-0) is one of five remaining undefeated teams nationally. The No. 9/7 Cyclones are tied (with OU) for sixth in the country in scoring offense (87.0 ppg) and lead the nation in assists (19.1 apg) and assist-to-turnover ratio (nation-best 2.0). They also lead the Big 12 in 3-pointers (9.1 per game) and rank second in scoring margin (+19.5 per game) and field goal percentage defense (.392). ISU has posted wins over three ranked teams, all at home: 77-70 over then-No. 7 Michigan, 85-82 over then-No. 23 Iowa and 87-72 over No. 7 Baylor on Tuesday. It was the second-largest victory margin against an AP top-10 team in program history.
• Iowa State boasts four of the Big 12’s top four scorers, and three of them rank in the top 10. Senior forward Melvin Ejim, last year’s Big 12 leader in rebounding (9.3), is averaging a team-high 17.8 points on .521 field goal shooting, as well as 7.2 rebounds and 2.0 assists. Senior guard DeAndre Kane, a first-year Cyclone who transferred from Marshall, ranks eighth in the Big 12 in scoring (16.1), 10th in rebounding (7.1), first in assists (6.3) and second in steals (1.5). He is coming off a 30-point, 8-rebound, 9-assist, 5-steal game against Baylor. Sophomore forward Georges Niang averages 15.4 points and 3.6 assists, while junior forward Dustin Hogue averages 12.3 points and a Big 12-leading 9.6 rebounds an outing. Sophomore guard Naz Long (8.4 ppg) has made a team-high 29 3-pointers (shooting .460).
• Fred Hoiberg is in his fourth year as a collegiate head coach and owns a 76-39 record. He was a 1995 third-team All-American at Iowa State and is the school’s third-leading all-time scorer (1,993 points). The Ames native played 10 years in the NBA.
• Oklahoma’s seven-game winning streak that ended Dec. 30 with an overtime loss to Louisiana Tech was its longest in five years.
• The Sooners have surpassed 100 points twice this year after reaching the century mark just once over the previous eight seasons. 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.
• 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 10 outings). OU’s been held under 75 points just once this season (Dec. 21 versus Texas A&M). 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 seven of 15 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 seven games since, OU has outrebounded its foes by an average of 6.3 an outing.
• OU has scored at least 40 points in 24 of 30 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 11 of 15 games this year (as well as the overtime tip against Louisiana Tech).
• Oklahoma players have recorded 10 double-digit rebounding totals through 15 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, he is 18-for-42 (.429) from deep. Clark (+12.2) is the first Sooner since Ryan Minor in 1993-94 to increase his scoring average by double digits from one year to the next.
• Clark joined OU’s 1,000-point club Dec. 30 against Louisiana Tech and ranks 34th on the all-time scoring list with 1,048 points.
• 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 10 games since (eight wins), he is averaging 13.8 points and 4.5 assists while hitting eight of his 18 3-point shots (.444). 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 (95) and attempts (121). Interestingly, 73 percent of his free throw attempts have come after halftime.
• 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 eight of the last 12 contests. He scored a career-high 19 against Seton Hall on Nov. 22 (7-for-8 field goal shooting) and followed with 15 against Michigan State the next night.
OU goes back on the road for a Tuesday 6 p.m. game against No. 25 Kansas state (televised by ESPN2).