SATURDAY'S GAME BASICS
It’s senior day at Lloyd Noble Center as Oklahoma (10-19, 4-17 Big 12) hosts TCU (17-13, 6-11 Big 12) in the Sooners’ final game of the regular season. After hanging close with top-ranked Kansas on Monday, Oklahoma looks to close their home schedule with a win before heading to Kansas City for the 2017 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship. OU will honor the three members of its senior class – forward C.J. Cole, guard Daniel Harper and guard Jordan Woodard. A staple of Sooner basketball in the Lon Kruger era, Woodard’s season ended prematurely when tearing his ACL against Iowa State. Woodard and the rest of the senior trio will be recognized before the game and throughout the evening.
ON THE AIR
Saturday’s contest tips off at 2 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 ESPNEWS with Jason Benetti and Reid Gettys calling the action.
Fans can purchase tickets online on SoonerSports.com. Tickets are being offered for as low as $10 for an adult ticket and $5 for youth tickets - allowing a family of four to attend for a total of just $30. OU students are also being offered free admission, even without student tickets.
Fans are encouraged to bring nonperishable food donations to the game to fight hunger. For each item donated, fans will receive a coupon for a free Whataburger. Donations benefit the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Moore Food & Resource Center.
Donations will be collected at the East Side entrance at the Lloyd Noble Center. Most needed items include: canned meat, vegetables and fruit; rice and beans; and peanut butter
THE SENIOR CLASS
• Forward C.J. Cole was born in Kansas City, Mo., before moving to Sperry, Okla., where he attended Sperry High School. In his career with the Sooners, he has appeared in 50 games and has 20 points and 32 rebounds to his credit. A member of the OU President’s Leadership Class scholarship program, Cole graduated last spring with a degree in chemical biosciences with a 3.97 GPA and plans to attend medical school in the fall. He was presented the Elite 90 Award at the 2016 Final Four, given to the student-athlete with the top GPA among Final Four participants. Last week, he was named to the Academic All-Big 12 First Team for the second year in a row.
• Born in Norman, guard Daniel Harper attended school at Norman High School before walking on at OU. As a walk on, he has seen action in 20 games for the Sooners. Harper was recently honored by the Big 12 as a member of the conference’s academic second team. He was voted by teammates as the most likely to become a college coach and is pursuing a degree in sports management.
• Senior guard Jordan Woodard came to OU from his hometown of Arcadia, Okla., by way of Edmond Memorial High School. A starter on three consecutive NCAA Tournament teams, including last season’s Final Four team, Woodard saw action in 125 career games in an Oklahoma uniform. He leaves OU ranked in the top 10 of the Sooner records book for numerous career categories. He is fourth in assists, fifth in made free throws, seventh in steals, eighth in free throw percentage and eighth in minutes played. With 1,440 career points, he finishes his career in 14th on OU’s career scoring list and fifth among guards. A 2016 All-Big 12 honorable mention, he is the first player in OU history to finish his collegiate career with more than 400 made free throws at a rate of better than 80 percent. Woodard is expected to graduate this spring with a Bachelor of Arts in administrative leadership.
LOOKING BACK AT KANSAS
• Oklahoma (10-19, 4-13 Big 12) fell to No. 1/1 Kansas (27-3, 15-2 Big 12) on Monday, 73-63, at Allen Fieldhouse. The Sooners led for over 25 minutes of the night, but a late push by the top-ranked Jayhawks halted OU’s upset effort.
• The two teams entered halftime tied at 28. The Jayhawks have been held to 28 points or less in the first half just three times this season, including twice against the Sooners. Oklahoma held the Jayhawks to a season-low 27 points in the first half of the previous meeting on Jan. 10 in Norman.
• The Sooners forced 12 Jayhawk turnovers in the first half – the most by a Sooner opponent in an opening period this season. Kansas turned the ball over a total of 19 times in the game, which is the highest number of miscues by a Big 12 opponent. OU totaled 10 steals - including four from Kameron McGusty.
• Oklahoma was led by a combined 26 points from the freshman duo of guard Kameron McGusty and forward Kristian Doolittle. McGusty paced the Sooners with 14 points, two rebounds and four steals. The freshman has scored at least 10 points in 16 of his last 17 contests. Doolittle produced 12 points and five rebounds.
• Coming off his second double-double of the season on Saturday, junior forward Khadeem Lattin tallied 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting with six boards and a pair of blocks.
• Oklahoma pulled down 13 offensive boards and converted 15 second chance points.
Jordan Woodard is one of three seniors being honored on Saturday.
• 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 in 15 Big 12 contests.
• OU freshmen have played a total of 1,303 minutes (second most in Big 12), averaging a combined 27.4 points per game and contributing 39.0 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 (2,561) and have scored 73.7 percent of Oklahoma’s points in league play (second in Big 12).
• According to KenPom.com, the Sooners entered the season with the 20th youngest roster in the country (based off of age and years of playing experience). Oklahoma had the 10th least-experienced team among basketball “power six” schools (ACC, BigEAST, Big 10, Big 12, SEC, Pac 12).
• Oklahoma owns an 18-3 all-time record against the Horned Frogs and has won 10 of the last 12 meetings. The Sooners are 7-2 against TCU since the Frogs joined the Big 12 in 2012-13. OU has never lost to the Horned Frogs in Norman, boasting a perfect 9-0 record.
• The Horned Frogs snapped a six-game losing streak in the all-time series by winning the first matchup of the season, 60-57, in Fort Worth on Jan. 3. The Sooners led for over 35 minutes in their second true road game of the year, but the Horned Frogs used a 12-0 run late in the contest to come back and win.
• The Sooners head to Kansas City for the 2017 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Championship. Oklahoma opens play on Wednesday at either 6 p.m. CT or 8 p.m. CT inside Sprint Center. OU enters Saturday with a chance to finish the regular season with either the ninth of tenth seed.
• Oklahoma owns a 22-17 all-time record in the Big 12 Championship and has a won its opening round game in back-to-back seasons.