OU Welcomes K-State to LNC Saturday

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
FEBRUARY 21, 2014
 Oklahoma (19-7, 8-5) vs. Kansas State (18-8, 8-5)
 Date & Tip Time  Saturday, Feb. 22 at 3:01 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  Big 12 Network
 KOCB Ch. 34 in Oklahoma City
 KMYT Ch. 41 in Tulsa
 Radio  Sooner Radio Network 
 KRXO 107.7 FM in Oklahoma City
 KTBZ 1430 AM in Tulsa
 Sirius 85, XM 85
 Webcast  ESPN3
 Live Stats  SoonerSports.com
 Game Info  Game Notes (PDF)

In a battle of third-place teams, Oklahoma (19-7, 8-5) hosts Kansas State (18-8, 8-5) on Saturday at 3 p.m. CT inside Lloyd Noble Center.  The Sooners, who are 11-3 at home this season, are coming off a 77-74 road win over Oklahoma State on Saturday.  The Wildcats, who are 1-5 in true road games, fended off TCU at home on Wednesday, 65-53.     

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 the Big 12 Network (KOCB Ch. 34 in OKC; KMYT Ch. 41 in Tulsa) with Dave Armstrong and Darrin Horn 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 1:30 p.m.

• OU student tickets cost $10.

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

• Oklahoma owns a 104-94 all-time record against Kansas State and has won 11 of the last 18 meetings, although the Wildcats have won the last three.  The Sooners are 59-26 all-time in the series in Norman.  Since the formation of the Big 12, OU holds a 12-9 series lead (6-3 at Lloyd Noble Center).

• 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 4-5 against his alma mater (2-3 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 in October.

• In the Sooners’ 72-66 loss at Kansas State Jan. 14 (box score on page 25), No. 25 OU took a 62-56 lead but was outscored 16-4 the final 5:17.  OU’s .333 field goal percentage stands as its lowest this season.  K-State entered the game averaging 5.5 3-pointers per contest and shooting .296 from behind the arc but was 11-for-21 on the night (.524).  Ryan Spangler led OU with a career-high 21 points and 14 rebounds.  Cameron Clark was held to a season-low two points on 1-for-9 shooting.

• Oklahoma is shooting a lofty .412 from 3-point range in its 14 home games this year.  OU’s top six scorers on the season are shooting a combined .438 (102-for-233) from behind the arc at Lloyd Noble Center.  The team’s lone two seniors (Clark and Tyler Neal) are shooting a combined .528 (38-for-72) from deep at home.  Clark is 22-for-42 (.524) while Neal is 16-for-30 (.533).

• On the year, Oklahoma is the only Big 12 team with six players who have each made at least 20 3-pointers.  Iowa State has five players who have made at least 20 treys and West Virginia has four.  Every other team has three or fewer players who have reached 20 makes.  Buddy Hield leads OU with 67 3-pointers and is followed by Frank Booker (32), Clark (28), Neal (26), Isaiah Cousins (24) and Jordan Woodard (20). 

• Picked fifth with Oklahoma in the Big 12 preseason coaches poll, Kansas State (18-8, 8-5) is tied with OU and Iowa State for third place.  K-State began the year with a 2-3 record before reeling off 10 straight wins to jump into the AP Top 25 in January.  The Wildcats, who have won four of their last six, are one of the league’s top defensive clubs.  In Big 12 play, they lead the league in field goal percentage defense (.403) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (.299), and rank second in scoring defense (68.6 ppg).  On offense, K-State ranks eighth in conference play in scoring (70.9 ppg), third in field goal percentage (.452), fifth in 3-point field goal percentage (.352) and ninth in free throw percentage (.661).

• Guard Marcus Foster is one of the Big 12’s top freshmen and one of three Wildcats averaging double figures in points.  Foster scores a team-high 15.0 points a contest and averages 3.6 rebounds and 2.5 assists while shooting .383 from 3-point range (team-high 59 makes).  He has reached double digits in points in each of the last five games and is averaging 21.6 during the stretch with the help of 15-for-32 3-point shooting (.469).  Junior forward Thomas Gipson averages 11.8 points and a team-high 6.5 rebounds an outing, and is shooting a team-best .566 from the field.  He is coming off a 16-point, 11-rebound effort in Wednesday’s win over TCU.  Senior guard Shane Southwell contributes 10.4 points, 4.7 rebounds and a team-high 3.1 assists per game.  Southwell has missed the last two games due to an ankle injury.

• Kansas State is under the direction of head coach Bruce Weber, who is in his second season with the Wildcats (45-16 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).

• The Sooners are unranked this week for the first time since Jan. 6.  Oklahoma, which spent four weeks in the AP Top 25 Poll and peaked at No. 21 on Feb. 23, received the most votes among non-top-25 teams in this week’s USA Today Coaches Poll.  OU made its season debut in the AP Top 25 Jan. 13, its first appearance in either major poll since Nov. 23, 2009.

• Oklahoma is the only team in the country to start the same lineup every game this season AND have all five of those players average double figures in scoring.  The quintet has accounted for 77 percent of the team’s points on the year.  No other Big 12 team has started the same lineup every game this season.

• In Big 12 play, Oklahoma paces all squads with its .763 free throw percentage.  The Big 12 single-season record for conference play is .798 by OU in 2002.  The Sooners have shot better from the free throw line than their opponent in 11 of 13 Big 12 games.

• OU leads the Big 12 with its 8.8 3-pointers per conference game (it has made at least 12 treys four times in Big 12 play).

• After averaging 70.6 points per game last season, this year’s Sooners are averaging 82.7 points to rank 12th 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; see chart above right).

• Despite standing just 6-8, sophomore forward Ryan Spangler has won the opening tip in 17 of 26 games this year (also won tip in both of team’s overtime sessions).

• Spangler has recorded 14 double-digit rebounding games, compared to seven by last year’s entire roster.

• OU reached the 80-point mark seven times last season.  This year’s Sooners have already hit 80 points in 16 of 26 games.

• As a junior last year, Cameron Clark attempted one 3-point field goal (he made it).  This season, he is 28-for-60 (.467) from deep.

• Clark joined OU’s 1,000-point club Dec. 30 against Louisiana Tech and ranks 28th on the all-time scoring list with 1,168 points.

• 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 scored in double figures in 13 of the last 23 contests.  Cousins shot .279 from the field and .250 (10 makes) from 3-point distance a year ago but is shooting .428 and .353 (24 makes) this season.

• Senior forward Tyler Neal registered no double-digit scoring efforts last season but has eight this year, including three in the last six games (averaging 11.3 points in those six).  He is shooting .463 from the field and .426 from 3-point range after shooting .214 and .261 last season.  In home games, he is 16-for-30 (.533) from 3-point range.

OU plays at No. 8/8 Kansas on Monday at 8 p.m. CT in an ESPN Big Monday contest.



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