Sooners and Ducks Meet Sunday in Portland
SUNDAY'S GAME BASICS
The last time the Sooners and Ducks met, there was a Final Four berth on the line. While the stakes aren’t as high as they were in March 2016, Sunday’s PK80 finale between Oklahoma (3-1) and Oregon (5-1) shapes up to be an elite matchup between two schools who have reached the Final Four within the past two years. After the Sooners defeated the Ducks in the Elite Eight to reach the 2016 Final Four, the Ducks reached college basketball’s brightest stage in 2017.
Sunday's game will determine fifth and sixth place in the PK80's victory bracket. The Sooners reached the fifth-place game after defeating Portland in the second round on Friday, while the Ducks took down DePaul in overtime.
ON THE AIR
Sunday’s matchup will tip at noon CT and air on the Sooner Radio Network (KRXO 107.7 FM “The Franchise” in Oklahoma City; KTBZ 1430 AM in Tulsa) with Brian Brinkley and Kevin Henry announcing. The game will be broadcasted on ESPN2 and will also be available through the WatchESPN app and WatchESPN.com. Doug Sherman and Dan Dakich will call the action with Myron Medcalf reporting.
• Oklahoma concludes play in Portland, Ore., for PK80 - an early-season tournament honoring the 80th birthday of Nike co-founder Phil Knight. The Sooners are one of 16 prestigious Nike schools competing in the event. The field combines for 23 national titles, 89 Final Four appearances and 391 NCAA Tournament invitations. OU is 15-6 during in-season tournament games under Lon Kruger, having won at least two games in all six previous in-season tournaments under Kruger.
• Freshman guard Trae Young has combined for 61 points in the first two games of PK80 - the most of any player in the 16-team event. Young’s 33 points against Portland are the most scored by a freshman during the Kruger era. The freshman leads the Big 12 in scoring with 24.5 points per game, coupled with 9.0 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 2.3 steals. He enters Sunday’s contest with two double-doubles and three 20-point games through four contests.
• Oregon head coach Dana Altman was an assistant for Oklahoma head coach Lon Kruger at Kansas State from 1986-89. The two helped lead the Wildcats to the Elite Eight in the 1988 NCAA Tournament and Altman then succeeded Kruger as the head coach at K-State when Kruger took the Florida job in 1990. Kruger (604) and Altman (602) combine for 1,206 career college wins as head coaches and are both rank in the top 10 in Division I wins among active head coaches. Kruger owns the ninth-most Division I wins among active head coaches and Altman ranks 10th.
Freshman Trae Young leads the PK80 field with 61 total points through the first two days of play.
OKLAHOMA'S LAST TIME OUT
• Oklahoma (3-1) bounced back from its first loss of the season with a 93-71 win over Portland (2-3) on Friday. The game was played at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Ore., as a part of PK80.
• The Sooners were led by freshman guard Trae Young, who shot 11-of-18 from the field to score 33 points. Young is the first freshman in the Lon Kruger era to score 30 points and his performance marked the highest-scoring game by an OU freshman since Tommy Mason-Griffin tallied 38 points on Jan. 27, 2010. Young added eight assists, five rebounds and three steals in 33 minutes.
• Senior forward Khadeem Lattin collected his second double-double in as many days, scoring 19 points on 8-of-9 shooting and pulling down a career-high 16 rebounds. His performance was the first game of 15 points and 15 rebounds by a Sooner since Kristian Doolittle had 15 and 15 against Iowa State on Jan. 21, 2017.
• Junior guard Christian James picked up his fourth straight game of double-digit scoring, recording 11 points with four assists and three rebounds.
• While OU led by double digits for most of the second half, the Pilots went on a late run to come within five (67-62) with 7:15 remaining. The Sooners then put away Portland with a 15-2 run that included 10 points from Young.
SERIES HISTORY VS. OREGON
• Sunday’s game between the Sooners and Ducks is a rematch of the 2016 Elite Eight showdown that advanced the Sooners to their fifth Final Four. The Sooners downed Oregon, 80-68, behind 37 points from Buddy Hield in Anaheim, Calif.
• Three current Sooners saw action in the Elite Eight game, including senior forward Khadeem Lattin who started the game and finished with six points and two boards. Christian James, a freshman at the time, pulled down a career-high 10 rebounds in addition to having five points, three assists and two steals. Jamuni McNeace grabbed three boards in the win.
• Oregon leads the all-time series 2-1, with the pair of Ducks wins coming in 1939 and 1940. The first meeting between the two schools came in the first Final Four with Oregon defeating Oklahoma in the 1939 national semifinals.
• The Sooners are 3-0 against Pac-12 opponents during the Lon Kruger era. Oklahoma is 117-69 all-time against current members of the Pac-12.
• Oklahoma’s offense put up together historic numbers through the first two games of the seasons, scoring 108 points in wins over Omaha (Nov. 12) and Ball State (Nov. 15). Its just the third time in program history that OU began a season with back-to-back games of at least 100 points. The Sooners’ 216 combined points are their third-most through the first two games of the season and the most since a Billy Tubbs-led squad opened the season with 319 total points (not a typo) in the first two games of the 1989-90 campaign.
• OU put up back-to-back games of triple-digit scoring for the first time since December 2001. It is just the third time since 1993 that the Sooners have put together consecutive 100-point showings.
• Through four games, Oklahoma is averaging 98.0 points, shooting .527 from the field and dishing out 20.8 assists per game. OU’s 98.0 points per game represent the third-highest scoring average in the country.
• The Sooners are 3-0 when shooting above 50 percent. Oklahoma is also 3-0 when it hands out at least 20 assists.
• Oklahoma’s offensive efforts have been led by the scoring and passing of freshman guard Trae Young. In four games, the Norman native has put together twos double-doubles, three 20-plus-point games and a 33-point performance. Young is averaging 24.5 points, 9.0 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 2.3 steals. He leads the Big 12 in scoring average by over five points (Baylor’s Manu Lecomte is in second with 19.0 points per game). Young is 11th in the nation in scoring and third in assists.
• With two double-doubles in his first two collegiate games, Young is the first Oklahoma player to record consecutive points-assists double-doubles since John Ontjes in the 1994-95 season. The freshman is also the first Sooner to have multiple points-assists double-doubles in one season since Terrell Everett in 2005-06. He was one of only three freshmen in Division I to produce two double-doubles in his first two games of the 2017-18 season (Deandre Ayton of Arizona and Brandon McCoy of UNLV).
• Young’s 13 dimes against Ball State tied an OU freshman record for assists in a game (Tim McAlister in 1984) and were the most by a Sooner since Terrell Everett served up 15 in 2006.
• The Sooners return home for a pair of home games, starting with North Texas on Thursday, Nov. 30. The 7 p.m. CT contest will be broadcast by SoonerSports TV on Fox Sports Oklahoma. OU is 4-1 all-time against the Mean Green and has won the last four meetings. UNT’s lone win in the series came in 1966.
• Dating back to last season, Oklahoma has won five straight games at Lloyd Noble Center. The Sooners are 36-5 in home non-conference games during the Kruger era.
• Tickets start at just $10 and are available at the OU Athletics Ticket Office (800-456-4668) and SoonerSports.com/tickets.