OU Hosts West Virginia in Home Finale

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
MARCH 04, 2014
 No. 23/23 Oklahoma (21-8, 10-6) vs. West Virginia (16-13, 8-8)
 Date & Tip Time  Wednesday, March 5 at 8:05 p.m. CT
 Location  Norman, Okla. | Lloyd Noble Center | Seating Views
 Tickets  $10, $20 and $30 for general public
 OU students: First 2,500 admitted free
 OU Athletics Ticket Office
 Radio  Sooner Radio Network 
 KRXO 107.7 FM, KOKC 1520 AM in Oklahoma City
 KTBZ 1430 AM in Tulsa
 Sirius 91, XM 91
 Webcast  WatchESPN
 Live Stats  SoonerSports.com
 Game Info  Game Notes (PDF)

In a Big 12 second-place tie with Texas, Oklahoma (21-8, 10-6) looks to avenge a Feb. 5 91-86 overtime loss at West Virginia when it hosts the Mountaineers (16-13-7, 8-8) Wednesday at 8 p.m. CT in what will be OU’s final home game of the year.  The Sooners, ranked No. 23 in both the AP and USA Today Coaches polls, are 13-3 at home and are coming off a 77-65 win over then-No. 24/23 Texas on Saturday.  West Virginia, which is 3-7 in true road games, snapped a three-game losing streak with an 81-59 home win over TCU on Saturday.

Wednesday’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 91; XM 91) with Toby Rowland and Mike Houck calling the action.  The game will be televised by ESPNU with Clay Matvick 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 Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

• As part of Student Appreciation Night, the first 2,500 OU students will be admitted free of charge. 

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• Oklahoma owns a 4-2 all-time record against West Virginia and is 1-0 in Norman.  The Sooners won all three meetings last year while the Mountaineers won this season’s matchup (91-86 in overtime on Feb. 5 in Morgantown).  OU is 4-1 in the series with Bob Huggins as WVU’s head coach.

• In Oklahoma’s overtime loss at West Virginia (box score on page 26 of these notes), the Sooners came back from a 12-point second-half deficit to take a three-point lead with possession with less than a minute left in regulation.  But WVU’s Eron Harris hit a 3-pointer with 20 seconds left to tie the game at 81 and force OT.  He hit two more treys in the extra session as OU lost back-to-back games for the only time this season.  Jordan Woodard led the Sooners with 23 points (8-for-11 field goal shooting) and added four rebounds and eight assists.  Tyler Neal scored a season-high 16 points (10-for-11 from the free throw line) and grabbed seven boards in a career-high 30 minutes, while Buddy Hield added 15 points (12 after halftime).  Harris finished with a game-high 28 points (had two at halftime) and teammate Juwan Staten had 20 points, 10 rebounds and six assists.

• Oklahoma is shooting a lofty .413 from 3-point range in its 16 home games this year.  OU’s top six scorers on the season are shooting a combined .437 (117-for-268) from behind the arc at Lloyd Noble Center.  The team’s lone two seniors (Cameron Clark and Neal) are each shooting .500 (40-for-80 combined) from deep at home.  Clark is 22-for-44 while Neal is 18-for-36.

• 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 77 3-pointers and is followed by Frank Booker (36), Clark (29), Neal (29), Isaiah Cousins (28) and Woodard (23).  The Sooners lead the Big 12 with their 8.8 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 15.0, Cousins 10.9, Woodard 10.6 and Ryan Spangler 10.1).  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.

• Picked seventh in this year’s Big 12 preseason coaches poll after finishing 6-12 in the league last season, West Virginia (16-13, 8-8) enters Wednesday’s game in sixth place.  The Mountaineers posted an 81-59 home win over TCU on Saturday to end a three-game losing streak.  They held the Horned Frogs to two 3-pointers and registered a 44-29 rebounding advantage.  In Big 12 play, WVU ranks fourth in scoring (74.6 ppg), 10th in scoring defense (77.9), eighth in field goal percentage (.421), second in 3-point field goal percentage (.373), second in free throw percentage (.749) and eighth in rebounding margin (-3.1 per game).  The Mountaineers are 3-5 in Big 12 home games with wins over TCU (74-69), Texas Tech (89-86 in OT) and Baylor (66-64).

• Three West Virginia players average double figures in points and two of them rank among Big 12’s top three scorers.  Junior point guard Juwan Staten averages 18.0 points (ranks second in league) and a Big 12-high 5.9 assists to go along with 5.9 rebounds and a team-high 1.2 steals per game.  He leads the Big 12 in free throws made (158) and attempted (216).  Sophomore guard Eron Harris is also averaging 18.0 points (has one less point on the year than Staten) with the help of 2.8 3-pointers per game and a .419 3-point field goal percentage (both rank third in the league).  Sophomore Terry Henderson, another guard, contributes 12.1 points per outing and is shooting .372 from behind the arc (1.7 makes per game).  He has missed the last three outings due to illness.

• The Mountaineers are under the direction of seventh-year head coach Bob Huggins, who owns a 149-88 record at West Virginia.  The 1977 WVU graduate is in his 32nd season overall and owns a 739-299 career mark.

• This season marks the first since 2009-10 that Oklahoma has been ranked in the AP or USA Today Coaches Top 25 Polls.  The Sooners are No. 23 in both polls this week.  OU has appeared in five AP polls this season (as high as No. 21 on Feb. 3) and in six coaches polls (as high as No. 23 twice).  OU made its season debut in the AP poll Jan. 13, its first appearance in either poll since Nov. 23, 2009.

• This marks Oklahoma’s second straight 20-win season (went 20-12 last year) after registering 15 or fewer wins each of 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 .769 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 13 of 16 Big 12 games.

• OU leads the Big 12 with its 8.8 3-pointers per conference game.  It is averaging 9.7 makes over the last six outings.  The Sooners have made at least 10 treys in nine games this year and is 9-0 on those occasions.

• After averaging 70.6 points per game last season, this year’s Sooners are averaging 82.3 points to rank 10th 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).

• Spangler has recorded 15 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 29 games.

• The Sooners have scored at least 40 points in 36 of 58 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-64 from deep.  His .453 season 3-point percentage ranks second among all Big 12 players who average at least 1.0 make per game.  Clark is 6-for-10 from behind the arc over the last six outings.

• Clark joined OU’s 1,000-point club Dec. 30 against Louisiana Tech and ranks 26th on the all-time scoring list with 1,203 points.

• Freshman Jordan Woodard ranks fourth in the Big 12 in free throw makes (137) and sixth in attempts (177).  Named the Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of the Week on Dec. 17, Woodard has attempted 10 or more free throws seven times.  Interestingly, 73 percent of his free throw attempts have come after halftime.  Woodard is averaging 10.6 points and 4.6 assists (leads all Big 12 freshmen and ranks sixth overall) while ranking fifth in the league in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.1) and eighth in free throw percentage (.774).  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 15 of the last 26 contests.  Cousins shot .279 from the field and .250 (10 makes) from 3-point distance a year ago but is shooting .443 and .364 (28 makes) this season.

• Senior forward Tyler Neal registered no double-digit scoring efforts last season but has eight this year.  He is shooting .455 from the field and .420 from 3-point range after shooting .214 and .261 last season.  In home games, he is 18-for-36 (.500) from 3-point range.

OU closes the regular season at TCU on Saturday at 3 p.m. CT.  The game will be televised by the Big 12 Network.



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