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Oklahoma vs. Texas
March 1, 2014
• Oklahoma posted a 30-9 scoring advantage from 3-point range in a 77-65 home win over No. 24/23 Texas to tie the Longhorns in the Big 12 standings at 10-6. The teams now have identical 21-8 overall records.
• Today’s win gave the Sooners their first regular season sweep of Texas since the 2004-05 season. The victory also marked the first time in the 18-year history of the Big 12 Conference that OU has swept both Texas and Oklahoma State (4-0) in the same season.
• Oklahoma has won three of the last four meetings against Texas after losing 14 of the previous 18 meetings. OU is now 50-35 all-time against the Longhorns (25-11 in Norman).
• With two regular season games remaining, OU has already surpassed its win total from last season (20-12 a year ago).
• OU was 10-for-25 (.400) from 3-point range while Texas was 3-for-19 (.158). OU improved to 9-0 this season when making at least 10 3-pointers in a contest.
• The Sooners were outscored 38-18 in the paint but posted a 23-5 advantage in points off turnovers. OU committed a season-low-tying seven turnovers while the Longhorns had 16.
• OU won despite getting outshot from the field (.444 to .407) and getting outrebounded 40-32.
• Sophomore guard Isaiah Cousins scored a career-high 24 points (17 in the second half) in 32 minutes thanks to 7-for-11 field goal and 8-for-9 free throw shooting. He was 2-for-5 from 3-point range and added two rebounds and a game-high-tying three steals. Cousins’ top 15 career scoring efforts have come in the last 26 games.
• Sophomore guard Buddy Hield scored 17 points (12 in the second half) thanks largely to 4-for-7 3-point shooting while also contributing eight rebounds, two assists, two blocks and three steals. Hield has scored at least 15 points in 13 of 16 Big 12 games and has made at least three 3-pointers in 12 league outings (including in six of the last seven games).
• Sophomore forward Ryan Spangler played only 23 minutes due to foul trouble but finished with five points (made his only field goal attempt) and pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds. It was his 15th game of at least 10 boards this season after last year’s entire OU roster produced seven such individual outings.
• Sophomore guard Je’lon Hornbeak came off the bench to score nine points (4-for-6 shooting) and hand out a team-high five assists in 18 minutes. His nine points tied as his second most in Big 12 play (high is 10 vs. TCU on Jan. 22). His first-half 3-pointer was his first trey in seven games.
• OU’s bench outscored Texas’ 23-19. The Sooner reserves have scored at least 22 points in six of the last seven games (had done it six times all season prior to the last seven outings).
• OU outshot Texas at the free throw line, .864 to .700. The Sooners lead the Big 12 with their .769 free throw mark in league play and have outshot 13 of their 16 Big 12 opponents at the line.
• Cameron Ridley led Texas with 19 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. Texas’ three-man starting backcourt was 4-for-16 from the field. OU held guard Javan Felix to two points after he scored a career-high 28 against the Sooners in Austin on Jan. 4. Felix entered the game averaging a team-high 15.2 points in Big 12 play and made seven 3-pointers vs. Baylor on Wednesday.
• Oklahoma stays at home to host West Virginia on Wednesday at 8 p.m. CT (televised by ESPNU).