|No. 23/23 Oklahoma (22-8, 11-6) at TCU (9-20, 0-17)
|Date & Tip Time||Saturday, March 8 at 3:01 p.m. CT|
|Location||Fort Worth, Texas | Daniel-Meyer Coliseum|
|TV||Big 12 Network|
|Radio||Sooner Radio Network
KRXO 107.7 FM, KOKC 1520 AM in Oklahoma City
KTBZ 1430 AM in Tulsa
|Game Info||Game Notes (PDF)|
Looking to secure the No. 2 seed in next week’s Big 12 Championship, No. 23/23 Oklahoma (22-8, 11-6) travels to Fort Worth, Texas, to take on TCU (9-20, 0-17) Saturday at 3 p.m. CT inside Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. The Sooners have won four of their last five games and are coming off a 72-62 home victory over West Virginia on Wednesday. TCU has lost 17 straight contests, most recently falling 66-54 at Texas on Wednesday. The Horned Frogs are looking to avoid becoming just the third team in the 18-year history of the Big 12 to finish winless in league play (Baylor went 0-16 in 1999 and Texas A&M went 0-16 in 2004).
ON THE AIR
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) 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; ESPN Full Court) with Dave Armstrong and Stephen Howard announcing.
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FIVE THINGS TO KNOW
• Oklahoma owns a 13-2 all-time record against TCU (5-1 in Fort Worth). The Sooners have won five of the last six meetings, including a 77-69 decision Jan. 22 in Norman. OU outscored TCU 11-3 over the final 3:33 in that game after the score was knotted at 66. Buddy Hield was one of five Sooners in double figures with a team-high 16 points on 7-for-14 shooting (added a team-high five assists). Cameron Clark tallied 15 points, six rebounds, two assists and a career-high five steals (he was 3-for-4 from 3-point range) while Ryan Spangler tallied 13 points and a then-career-high 16 boards.
• This marks the second straight year for OU to close the regular season at TCU. Last March, an Oklahoma team that was 11-6 in Big 12 play entering the game lost 70-67 to a Horned Frogs squad that was 1-16. The Sooners, who trailed 44-22 at halftime, went 0-for-16 from 3-point range on the day while TCU went 8-for-14. A furious second-half rally fell short as Sam Grooms’ potential game-tying 3-point attempt from the corner was off the mark at the buzzer. OU was outshot 54.0 percent to 36.4 percent from the field on the day.
• At 8-5, Oklahoma has the best record away from home of any Big 12 team this season (OU is 4-4 in true road games and 4-1 at neutral sites). The Sooners are 4-4 in Big 12 road games after going 3-6 last season and a combined 2-16 the previous two years. Hield is averaging 19.3 points and 4.9 rebounds in Big 12 road play while shooting .491 from the field and .448 from long range (30-for-67).
• 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 81 3-pointers and is followed by Frank Booker (38), Clark (31), Neal (29), Isaiah Cousins (29) and Woodard (24). The Sooners lead the Big 12 with their 8.9 3-pointers per conference game (9.9 over the last seven contests).
• Oklahoma is the only Big 12 team and one of just 10 squads in the country to start the same lineup every game this season. Those five players are all averaging at least 9.9 points per contest (Hield 16.6, Clark 15.1, Cousins 10.8, Woodard 10.6 and Ryan Spangler 9.9). The quintet has accounted for 77 percent of the team’s points on the year.
WEDNESDAY’S WEST VIRGINIA RECAP
• No. 23/23 Oklahoma used a 23-7 second-half run to go from down 43-40 to up 63-50 in a 72-62 win over West Virginia in the Sooners’ home finale Wednesday. The run spanned from the 11:40 to 4:28 marks.
• The Sooners went 11-for-30 from 3-point range and outscored the Mountaineers by 21 from behind the line (WVU was 4-for-13). It marked the fifth time in the last seven games that OU made at least 10 3-pointers.
• In his final career home game, senior forward Cameron Clark recorded his fourth career double-double (second this season) with team highs of 19 points and 10 rebounds. He was 8-for-15 from the field and 2-for-5 from 3-point range. His 19 points were his most since scoring 32 against Kansas on Jan. 8.
• Sophomore Buddy Hield started 0-for-7 from the field and had one point before making four 3-pointers between the 9:56 and 6:18 marks of the second half. He finished with 13 points on 4-for-11 shooting from behind the arc.
• Sophomore Je’lon Hornbeak came off the bench to produce 11 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals without a turnover in 22 minutes. His 11 points were his most in Big 12 play and one shy of his season high (12 against Idaho in third game of year). Hornbeak has scored at least eight points in three of the last four games and in five of the last seven.
• OU’s bench outscored West Virginia’s 20-17. The Sooner reserves have scored at least 20 points in seven of the last eight games after doing it nine times in the season’s first 22 games.
• Second-year Big 12 member TCU won nine of its final 10 pre-conference games but has gone 0-17 in league play. The Horned Frogs are 5-9 at home the year. The average margin of defeat in their eight conference home games is 15.9 points. In Big 12 play, they rank last in the league in scoring offense (58.5 ppg), last in field goal percentage (.375), ninth in 3-point field goal percentage (.309) and fifth in free throw percentage (.719).
• Junior guard Kyan Anderson is averaging team highs of 17.0 points, 4.4 assists and 1.3 steals while shooting .469 from the field and .400 from 3-point range (team-high 42 makes). A starter in 83 consecutive games, he has scored in double figures in 13 straight games and has tallied at least 23 points in five of the last eight. Junior forward and Oklahoma City product Amric Fields, a high school teammate and friend of OU’s Tyler Neal, averages 13.1 points and 6.1 rebounds a contest but has missed the last four games due to injury. Senior guard Jarvis Ray and freshman center Karviar Shepherd each average 8.8 points per contest. Shepherd leads the team with his 6.9 rebounds and 1.7 blocked shots a game.
• Trent Johnson is in his second year as TCU’s head coach and owns a 20-41 record. He is in his 15th year overall (also coached at Nevada, Stanford and LSU) and owns a 246-226 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 campaign (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).
• All eight of OU’s Big 12 road games have been decided by single digits. Six of the eight games have been decided by six points or less.
• In Big 12 play, Oklahoma paces all squads with its .768 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 14 of 17 Big 12 games.
• OU leads the Big 12 with its 8.9 3-pointers per conference game. It is averaging 9.9 makes over the last seven outings. The Sooners have made at least 10 treys in 10 games this year and are 10-0 on those occasions.
• After averaging 70.6 points per game last season, this year’s Sooners are averaging 82.0 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 30 games.
• As a junior last year, Cameron Clark attempted one 3-point field goal (he made it). This season, he is 31-for-69 from deep. His .449 season 3-point percentage ranks third among Big 12 players who average at least 1.0 make per game. Clark is 8-for-15 from behind the arc over the last seven outings.
• Clark joined OU’s 1,000-point club Dec. 30 against Louisiana Tech and ranks 24th on the all-time scoring list with 1,222 points.
• Named the Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of the Week on Dec. 17, point guard Jordan 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 27 contests. Cousins shot .279 from the field and .250 (10 makes) from 3-point distance a year ago but is shooting .443 and .364 (29 makes) this season.
OU travels to Kansas City, Mo., for next week’s Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship, to be played inside the Sprint Center. The Sooners have earned a first-round bye and will play their first game in Thursday’s quarterfinals. The semifinals will be held Thursday and final on Friday.