Red River Rivalry Comes to the LNC

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
FEBRUARY 28, 2014
 NR/25 Oklahoma (20-8, 9-6) vs. No. 24/23 Texas (21-7, 10-5)
 Date & Tip Time  Saturday, March 1 at 3:01 p.m. CT
 Location  Norman, Okla. | Lloyd Noble Center | Seating Views
 Tickets  Restricted admission tickets: $10
 OU Athletics Ticket Office
 TV  Big 12 Network
 KOCB Ch. 34 in OKC
 KMYT Ch. 41 in Tulsa
 Radio  Sooner Radio Network 
 KRXO 107.7 FM, KOKC 1520 AM in Oklahoma City
 KTBZ 1430 AM in Tulsa
 Sirius 85, XM 85
 Webcast  ESPN3
 Live Stats
 Game Info  Game Notes (PDF)

Oklahoma (20-8, 9-6) goes for a regular season sweep of Texas (21-7, 10-5) when it hosts the Longhorns on Saturday at 3 p.m. CT.  The Sooners, who are ranked No. 25 in the USA Today Coaches Poll, are the only Big 12 team to win in Austin this season (88-85 on Jan. 4).  OU trails Texas by one game in the league standings and is coming off an 83-75 loss at No. 5/6 Kansas on Monday.  The No. 24/23 Longhorns are 3-4 in league road games and snapped a two-game losing streak by beating Baylor at home on Wednesday (74-69).

Saturday's game will mark Senior Day for OU forwards Cameron Clark and Tyler Neal. The pair will be honored during a pre-game on-court ceremony.

Saturday’s contest will air on the Sooner Radio Network (KRXO 107.7 FM and KOKC 1520 AM 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 Bryndon Manzer announcing.

Reserved seats for Saturday's game are sold out.  A limited number of $10 restricted admission tickets will go on sale at Lloyd Noble Center's north and east ticket windows Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Restricted admission tickets allow access into the arena, but do not guarantee a seat. After tipoff, restricted admission ticket holders may take any open seats that remain in the upper level. Patrons with reserved tickets have first priority to the seat location on their tickets.

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• Oklahoma holds a 49-35 all-time advantage over Texas and is 24-11 in the series in Norman.  The Sooners are 20-22 against the Longhorns since the start of the Big 12 Conference (10-7 at Lloyd Noble Center).  Texas has won 14 of the last 18 overall meetings, but OU has won two of the last three, including an 88-85 triumph Jan. 4 in Austin.  In that game, the Sooners trailed by seven points with 7:40 remaining but outscored UT 27-17 the rest of the way to break an eight-year losing streak at the Erwin Center.  OU went 13-for-28 (.464) from 3-point range (10-for-16 in first half) and posted a 39-28 rebounding advantage (outscored UT 19-9 in second-chance points).  Buddy Hield scored 22 points with the help of 4-for-7 3-point shooting and Jordan Woodard netted all 12 of his points in the second half (scored OU’s last 10).  Javan Felix scored a career-high 28 points for Texas.

• If OU wins Saturday it will mark the Sooners’ first four-game regular season sweep of Texas and Oklahoma State in the 18-year history of the Big 12 Conference.

• Oklahoma is shooting a lofty .414 from 3-point range in its 15 home games this year.  OU’s top six scorers on the season are shooting a combined .442 (110-for-249) from behind the arc at Lloyd Noble Center.  The team’s lone two seniors (Cameron Clark and Tyler Neal) are shooting a combined .520 (39-for-75) from deep at home.  Clark is 22-for-42 (.524) while Neal is 17-for-33 (.515).

• On the year, OU 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 while Baylor and West Virginia have four.  Every other team has three or fewer players who have reached 20 makes.  Hield leads OU with 73 3-pointers and is followed by Frank Booker (34), Clark (29), Neal (28), Isaiah Cousins (26) and Jordan Woodard (23).  The Sooners lead the Big 12 with their 8.7 3-pointers per conference game. 

• 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 (Hield 16.7, Clark 15.3, Woodard 10.9, Cousins 10.4 and Ryan Spangler 10.3).  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.

• After finishing 16-18 last year (first losing campaign since 1997-98), Texas is 21-7 this season and tied with Iowa State for second place in the Big 12 at 10-5 (one game in front of OU and Kansas State).  The Longhorns, who start a freshman, three sophomores and a junior, lost their first two league games before winning their next seven.  They lost three of their next five before beating Baylor 74-69 at home Wednesday.  Texas outscored the Bears 34-18 in the paint and 18-5 in transition.  In Big 12 play, UT ranks sixth in scoring offense (73.9 ppg), fourth in scoring defense (72.2 ppg), seventh in field goal percentage (.429), 3-point field goal percentage (.333) and free throw percentage (.702), and second in rebounding margin (+6.7 per game).

• Texas has four players averaging double figures in scoring.  Junior forward Jonathan Holmes is averaging a team-high 13.3 points and, excluding the Feb. 8 Kansas State game when he only played nine minutes due to injury, is averaging 16.3 points over his last six outings.  He ranks second on the squad with his 7.4 rebounds per game and is shooting .520 from the field, .373 from 3-point range (25 makes) and .746 from the free throw line.  Sophomore guard Javan Felix averages 12.9 points and 2.8 assists while leading the team with 51 3-pointers (shooting .354 from behind the arc). He is averaging a team-high 15.2 points in Big 12 play (career-high 28 vs. OU Jan. 4).  Freshman guard Isaiah Taylor averages 12.8 points and a team-high 3.9 assists.  Sophomore center Cameron Ridley averages 11.2 points and a team-high 7.9 boards.

• Head coach Rick Barnes is in his 16th season at Texas and is 379-162 there.  He is in his 27th season overall and owns a 581-296 career mark.  Barnes also coached at Clemson (four years), Providence (six) and George Mason (one).

• After a one-week hiatus, Oklahoma returned to the USA Today Coaches Poll on Monday at No. 25.  The Sooners have spent five weeks this season in the USA Today poll (as high as No. 23 on Feb. 3) and four weeks in the AP poll (peaked at No. 21 on Feb. 3).  OU made its season debut in the AP poll Jan. 13, its first appearance in either major poll since Nov. 23, 2009.

• This marks Oklahoma’s second straight 20-win season (went 20-12 last year) after topping out at 15 wins the previous three seasons.  OU has won at least 20 games 26 times in the last 33 seasons.  Lon Kruger has won 20 or more games 14 times (seven times in the last eight years).

• 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 12 of 15 Big 12 games.

• OU leads the Big 12 with its 8.7 3-pointers per conference game.  It is averaging 9.6 makes over the last five outings.

• After averaging 70.6 points per game last season, this year’s Sooners are averaging 82.5 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).

• 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 17 of 28 games.

• The Sooners have scored at least 40 points in 35 of 56 halves this season.  Last year, they scored 40 in a half 17 times all season.

• As a junior last year, Cameron Clark attempted one 3-point field goal (he made it).  This season, he is 29-for-62 from deep.  His .468 season 3-point percentage is tops among all Big 12 players who average at least 1.0 make per game.  Clark is 6-for-8 from behind the arc over the last five outings.

• Clark joined OU’s 1,000-point club Dec. 30 against Louisiana Tech and ranks 26th on the all-time scoring list with 1,197 points.

• Freshman Jordan Woodard ranks fourth in the Big 12 in free throw makes (135) and fifth in attempts (175).  Named the Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of the Week on Dec. 17, Woodard has attempted 10 or more free throws seven times.  Interestingly, 74 percent of his free throw attempts have come after halftime.  Woodard is averaging 10.9 points and 4.7 assists (leads all Big 12 freshmen and sophomores; ranks fifth overall) while ranking sixth in the league in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.1) and eighth in free throw percentage (.771).  He enjoyed a five-game stretch from Jan. 25 through Feb. 8 where he averaged 15.0 points and 6.2 assists.

• 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 14 of the last 25 contests.  Cousins shot .279 from the field and .250 (10 makes) from 3-point distance a year ago but is shooting .434 and .361 (26 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 eight games (averaging 8.6 points in those eight).  He is shooting .457 from the field and .424 from 3-point range after shooting .214 and .261 last season.  In home games, he is 17-for-33 (.515) from 3-point range.

OU plays its home finale when it hosts West Virginia on Wednesday at 8 p.m. CT.  The game will be televised by ESPNU.



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