No. 25 OU Heads to Kansas State

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
JANUARY 13, 2014
No. 25 Oklahoma (13-3, 2-1) vs. Kansas State (12-4, 2-1)
 Date & Tip Time  Tuesday, Jan. 14 at 6:02 p.m. CT
 Location  Manhattan, Kan. | Bramlage Coliseum
 Radio  Sooner Radio Network 
 KRXO 107.7 FM in Oklahoma City
 KTBZ 1430 AM in Tulsa
 Webcast  WatchESPN
 Live Stats  GameTracker
 Game Info  Game Notes (PDF)

Ranked in the AP poll for the first time since Nov. 23, 2009, No. 25 Oklahoma (13-3, 2-1) plays at Kansas State (12-4, 2-1) Tuesday at 6 p.m. CT in Manhattan, Kan.  The game will feature a significant contrast in styles.  The Sooners lead the Big 12 (rank fifth nationally) in scoring offense (87.0 ppg) but rank last in the Big 12 in scoring defense (79.2 ppg).  The Wildcats lead the league in scoring defense (59.8 ppg) but rank last in scoring offense (67.2 ppg).  OU is coming off an 87-82 home win over No. 9/7 and previously unbeaten Iowa State on Saturday, while K-State had its 10-game winning streak ended in an 86-60 loss at No. 18/20 Kansas. 

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 ESPN2 with Dave Flemming and Miles Simon announcing.

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• Oklahoma owns a 104-93 all-time record against Kansas State and has won 11 of the last 17 meetings, although the Wildcats swept the two-game series last year.  The Sooners are 36-56 all-time in Manhattan (5-3 in last eight).

• OU head coach Lon Kruger was the 1973 and ’74 Big Eight Player of the Year as a Kansas State Wildcat and coached at the school for four years, compiling an 81-46 record from 1986-87 through 1989-90.  He is 4-4 against his alma mater (2-2 at OU).  Sooners assistant coach Steve Henson played for Kruger at K-State each of those four seasons and still holds school career records for assists (582), assists per game (4.58), free throw percentage (.900), minutes (4,474), starts (118), consecutive games played (127) and consecutive starts (118).  Henson was inducted into K-State’s Athletics Hall of Fame this past October.

• 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 16 regular season games to lead the Big 12 and 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).

• Oklahoma boasts two of the Big 12’s top seven scorers in senior forward Cameron Clark (first at 18.3 ppg) and sophomore guard Buddy Hield (seventh at 16.8 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 also ranks second on the team (17th in league) in rebounding (6.0 rpg).  He has already made 19 3-pointers this season (shooting .422) after attempting just one all of last year.  Hield, who has scored in double figures in 15 of 16 outings, has netted at least 17 points 10 times and leads all Big 12 players with 13 3-pointers in conference play (shooting .481).

• Four Sooners have each already scored significantly more points through 16 games this year than they did all of last season (32 games).  Clark has tallied 292 points this year (207 last year; 41% increase), Hield has netted 268 (211 last year; 27% increase), sophomore Isaiah Cousins has registered 174 (85 last season; 105% increase) and senior forward Tyler Neal has netted 96 (30 last year; 220% increase).  Cousins shot .279 from the field and .250 from 3-point distance a year ago but is shooting .464 and .450 this season.  Similarly, Neal shot .214 and .261 as a junior but sports respective .530 and .483 figures this year.

• Picked fifth with Oklahoma in the Big 12 preseason coaches poll, Kansas State (12-4, 2-1) began the year with a 2-3 record before reeling off 10 straight wins and jumping into last week’s AP poll at No. 25.  The Wildcats, who had their win streak halted by Kansas on Saturday by an 86-60 score, are one of the league’s top defensive clubs.  They lead the conference in scoring defense (59.8 ppg) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (.264), and rank fifth in field goal percentage defense (.404).  Conversely, K-State ranks last in the league in scoring offense (67.2 ppg), field goal percentage (.421) and 3-point field goal percentage (.296), and ninth in free throw percentage (.646).

• Guard Marcus Foster is one of the Big 12’s top freshmen and is one of three Wildcats averaging double figures in points.  Foster scores a team-high 13.7 points a contest and also averages 3.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists while shooting .355 from 3-point range (team-high 33 makes).  He has reached double digits in points in 13 of 16 games.  Junior forward Thomas Gipson averages 11.8 points and a team-high 6.3 rebounds an outing, and is shooting a team-best .602 from the field.  Over the last four games he is averaging 12.8 points and 7.8 boards while shooting .645.  Senior guard Shane Southwell contributes 10.7 points, 4.8 rebounds and a team-high 3.2 assists per game.  After averaging 20.0 points in K-State’s final two pre-conference games, he is averaging 7.3 points in three Big 12 contests.

• Kansas State is under the direction of head coach Bruce Weber, who is in his second season with the Wildcats (39-12 record).  Last season’s Big 12 Coach of the Year, Weber is in his 16th year as a head coach (also coached at Southern Illinois and Illinois).

• 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 79 percent of the team’s points on the year.  The Sooners are the only Big 12 team with five players averaging double figures in points.

• OU reached the 80-point mark seven times last season.  This year’s Sooners have already hit 80 points in 13 of 16 games (each of the last four outings and seven of last eight).  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.

• 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 has had at least five double-digit scorers in seven of 16 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 eight games since, OU has outrebounded its foes by an average of 6.4 an outing. 

• OU has scored at least 40 points in 25 of 32 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 16 games this year (as well as the overtime tip against Louisiana Tech).

• Oklahoma players have recorded 11 double-digit rebounding totals through 16 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 eight such games this season.

• As a junior last year, Cameron Clark attempted one 3-point field goal (he made it).  This season, he is 19-for-45 (.422) 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 35th on the all-time scoring list with 1,060 points.

• Freshman Jordan Woodard leads the Big 12 in free throw makes (95) and attempts (121) despite not getting to the line Saturday against Iowa State.  Named the Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of the Week on Dec. 17 by and the USBWA, Woodard has attempted 10 or more free throws six times this season.  Interestingly, 73 percent of his free throw attempts have come after halftime.  Woodard is averaging 11.8 points and 4.6 assists (leads all Big 12 freshmen and sophomores) while ranking ninth in the league with his .785 free throw percentage.  He has made more free throws than all but five Big 12 players have attempted.

• 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 nine of the last 13 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.  In Saturday’s upset of No. 9/7 Iowa State, he 5-for-8 from the field and tallied 17 points.

OU plays another road game when it takes on No. 12/13 Baylor on Saturday at 1 p.m. in Waco, Texas (televised by ESPN).



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