SATURDAY'S GAME BASICS
Oklahoma (8-15, 2-9 Big 12) looks for its first win in Ames since 2011 when it faces Iowa State (14-9, 6-5 Big 12) on Saturday. The two teams have had their fair share of close battles in recent years, including a double overtime thriller earlier this season in Norman. The game has been decided by seven or fewer points in nine of the last 10 times the Sooners and Cyclones have met. On average, the winning team has outscored its opponent by just 5.5 points in the past 10 meetings and 3.8 points in the last five showdowns.
ON THE AIR
Saturday’s contest tips off at 5 p.m. CT and air on the Sooner Radio Network (KRXO 107.7 FM “The Franchise” in Oklahoma City; KTBZ 1430 AM in Tulsa) with Toby Rowland and Kevin Henry announcing. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN2 with Bob Wischusen and Fran Fraschilla calling the action.
FIVE THINGS TO KNOW
• With 11 points against West Virginia, freshman Kameron McGusty extended his streak of scoring in double figures to 11 consecutive games. His streak is the longest by an OU freshman since Jeff Webster in 1990-91. Webster, who ranks third on Oklahoma’s career scoring list, put together 22 straight double-digit performances in his freshman campaign.
• Junior forward Khadeem Lattin enters Saturday coming off a career-high-tying 14 rebounds performance against West Virginia. Lattin ranks 15th in the conference with 5.8 rebounds per game.
• Junior guard Darrion Strong-Moore will make his first trip to Ames as a Sooner. Strong-Moore’s father, Adrian Moore, played for the Cyclones from 1986 to 1990.
• OU continues to show its depth in conference play. Through nine Big 12 games, Oklahoma boasts 21.4 bench points per game in league competition - the second most in the conference. The Sooners are one of only two Big 12 squads to average over 20 bench points in league games as the conference averages 17.2 per contest.
•Oklahoma has seen potential from all four of its scholarship freshmen as the youngest Sooners have combined to produce 22 games of double-digit scoring - most recently two 11-point showings from McGusty and Jordan Shepherd against West Virginia (Feb. 8).
LOOKING BACK AT WEST VIRGINIA
• Oklahoma (8-15, 2-9 Big 12) was outlasted by No. 13/14 West Virginia (19-5, 7-4 Big 12) at Lloyd Noble Center, 61-50. The win was West Virginia’s first ever victory in Norman. The Sooners are now 9-5 in the all-time series and 4-1 at LNC.
• West Virginia led for the entire second half after outscoring the Sooners, 27-25, in the opening period. Trailing by as many as 13, Oklahoma pulled to within six points (53-47) with 3:56 remaining. The Mountaineers responded with an 8-1 run to regain a double-digit lead.
• Junior forward Khadeem Lattin pulled down a season-high 14 rebounds while posting nine points. Lattin’s 14 rebounds tied a career high, matching his performance against Kansas on Jan. 4, 2016. Lattin leads the Sooners with three games of at least 10 boards this season.
• Freshman guard Kameron McGusty extended his streak of double-digit scoring to 11 games by producing 11 points with three rebounds. McGusty’s 11 games mark the longest such streak by an OU freshman in the past 25 years. The guard leads the Sooners in conference play with 15.4 points per game.
• Fellow freshman guard Jordan Shepherd led OU’s bench scoring with 11 points and three assists. Shepherd’s performance marked the most points he’s scored in Big 12 play and was the third time he’s scored in double digits this season.
Darrion Strong-Moore (left) will play his first game in Ames on Saturday. His father, Adrian Moore (right), played for the Cyclones from 1986 to 1990.
• One of the youngest teams in both the Big 12 and the nation, Oklahoma has seen its freshmen and sophomores play a large role for the Sooners this season. The Sooner roster boasts 11 underclassmen (freshmen and sophomores) – the most of any OU team in the Lon Kruger era and the most of any Big 12 roster this season. The young Sooners have received ample experience through their first 11 Big 12 contests.
• OU freshmen have played a total of 837 minutes (second most in Big 12), averaging a combined 28.6 points per game and contributing 41.0 percent of OU’s scoring in Big 12 play - the second-highest percentage in the conference. Sooner underclassmen rank second in the Big 12 in total minutes played in conference competition (1,626) and have scored 69.8 percent of Oklahoma’s points in league play (second in Big 12).
• Oklahoma owns a 115-86 all-time record against the Cyclones, while ISU is 50-37 against the Sooners when playing in Ames. OU is 5-9 against Iowa State during the Kruger era, but has won two of the previous four meetings.
• Iowa State outlasted the Sooners in double overtime, 92-87, in the first meeting of the season (Jan. 21). Jordan Woodard scored all 21 of his points after halftime, adding seven rebounds, five assists and three steals in 43 minutes of action. Kristian Doolittle totaled 15 points and a career-high 15 rebounds for the first double-double of his collegiate career and Kameron McGusty poured in 19 points.
• The two schools split the 2015-16 regular season series with the home team winning each meeting. They met again in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Championship in Kansas City with Oklahoma pulling off the 79-76 win.
• Oklahoma and Texas clash for the second time this season on Tuesday, Feb. 14 at Lloyd Noble Center. The Valentine’s Day matchup tips at 8 p.m. CT on ESPN2.
• The Sooners own an all-time record of 53-37 against the Longhorns, including a 27-11 advantage in Norman. OU has won four-straight home games against the Longhorns.
• Oklahoma is 6-5 against Texas under Lon Kruger and has won six of the last nine meetings. OU is 4-1 against UT in Norman during the Kruger era.
• OU’s most recent win over the Horns came on Feb. 8, 2016 when Buddy Hield it a game-winning 3-pointer with 1.3 seconds remaining to give the Sooners a 63-60 victory. The Horns returned the favor in the most recent meeting (Jan. 23, 2017 in Austin) with a game-winning trey by Andrew Jones with 1.3 seconds remaining to win, 84-83.