Big Rematch on Big Monday
MONDAY'S GAME BASICS
It’s time for a big rematch on Big Monday. No. 12/15 Oklahoma (16-6, 6-4 Big 12) hosts No. 15/11 West Virginia (17-6, 6-4 Big 12) in OU’s first “revenge” game of the season. The Sooners have not yet faced a team they’ve lost to earlier in the season, and will look to bounce back inside the friendly walls of the Lloyd Noble Center (OU is 11-0 at home). The Mountaineers enter Monday’s matchup coming off a 38-point win over Kansas State while the Sooners fell to Texas in Austin on Saturday. OU is 4-1 in games after losses this season and is 6-1 against ranked opponents. Oklahoma also boasts a 13-1 record during the Lon Kruger era in home games in which both teams are ranked.
ON THE AIR
Monday’s matchup will tip at 8 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 ESPN with Bob Wischusen, Fran Fraschilla and Holly Rowe calling the action.
Reserved-seat tickets are sold out. A limited amount of returned seats will go on sale Monday at 10 a.m. exclusively on SoonerSports.com/tickets. Restricted admission tickets will be sold at the LNC box office beginning at 6:30 p.m. The $20 ticket will allow fans to sit in any open seat until somone ticketed for that seat arrives. Fans may also purchase seats from other fans on Stubhub.
OU student tickets (for non-student season ticket holders) will also be available for $5 at the door, while supplies last (doors open to public 90 minutes before tipoff). OU students with season tickets will need to claim their tickets in advance (deadline has past), similar to home football games.
IN THE BONUS
Fans will be treated to a special routine from Something Ridiculous at halftime.
The Sooner Jr. Kids Zone on the south side of the concourse will feature a poster making station, face painter, balloon artist and free school folders.
OU students can enter to win the student raffle item - an iPad.
Fans are encouraged to #ArriveSooner to avoid delays into the gates with new enhanced screenings. Lloyd Noble Center is opening additional screening points in the lower east and west entrances to help expedite the screening process. The north lobby of the east entry and east lobby of the north entry will be open for ticket will call. Fans are encouraged to not bring bags to help expedite screening.
For more gameday tips at Lloyd Noble Center, visit the LNC's information page.
• Oklahoma enters the Big Monday matchup with a home winning streak of 14 games - the sixth longest active streak among teams from major conferences. The last team to beat Oklahoma in Norman? West Virginia almost a full year ago on Feb. 8, 2017. Oklahoma is 11-0 at the LNC this season and is averaging 97.5 points per home game, outscoring opponents by an average of 16.8 points. The Sooners are shooting .526 from the field and .456 from 3-point range (12.2 made 3s a game) when playing at home.
• Freshman guard Trae Young leads the country in both scoring (29.8) and assists (9.7). Young, who scored 44 points against Baylor in his most recent home game, has reached 40 points in three of Oklahoma’s last seven games. Only one other D-I player (Jordan Howard of Central Arkansas) has had two 40-point games this season.
• In OU’s last three home games (TCU, Kansas and Baylor), Young is averaging 37.7 points, 8.3 assists and 6.3 rebounds while shooting 33-of-56 (.589) from the field and 18-of-32 (.563) from 3-point range. Fellow freshman Brady Manek has also played hot in the LNC. During that same stretch of three home games, Manek is averaging 17.3 points, 6.7 rebounds and shooting 14-of-20 (.700) from behind the arc.
The Mountaineers edged the Sooners in the first meeting of the season - Oklahoma will look for revenge in a key matchup in the Big 12 race.
SERIES HISTORY VS. WEST VIRGINIA
• Oklahoma owns a 9-6 all-time record against West Virginia, and is 4-1 when playing in Norman. Last season’s home loss to West Virginia is the only loss to the Mountaineers inside LNC.
• The Mountaineers edged the Sooners, 89-76, in the season’s first meeting on Jan. 6 in Morgantown. Monday’s matchup will be the first time Oklahoma has faced an opponent it has lost to previously this season.
PLAY FAST, SCORE BUCKETS
• Oklahoma boasts a 16-6 record behind the highest-scoring offense in the nation. The Sooners average 89.9 points per game and have scored at least 90 points in 12 of their 22 games - including six games in triple digits. Oklahoma, who ranked 331 (of 351 teams) in assists per game last season (10.6), is 33rd in the country with 16.6 assists per contest this year. The Sooners also rank 15th in made 3-point field goals per game with 10.5 treys.
• The Sooners aren’t just scoring in bunches - they’re playing fast. Oklahoma is fourth in the nation and first among major conferences in KenPom.com’s adjusted tempo rankings (possesions per 40 minutes adjusted to the opponenet) with 76.0. Oklahoma’s average possession is 13.9 seconds long, the fastest among major conferences and third-fastest overall.
• Oklahoma is 8-1 when shooting above 50 percent and 7-0 when it hands out at least 20 assists.
• Oklahoma has scored 45 or more points in 20 of its 44 halves this season and has scored at least 40 points before halftime in all but four contests.
• The Sooners have scored at least 100 points in six games – their most in a season since the 1992-93 season, when Oklahoma reached the century mark in nine games. Oklahoma’s six triple-digit games are the second-most in a season by an Big 12 team since the conference was formed in 1996. The 2001-02 Kansas squad (12 games) is the only team with more.
OH, TO BE YOUNG...
• Oklahoma’s offensive efforts have been led by the scoring and passing of freshman guard Trae Young. In 22 games, the Norman native has put together 11 double-doubles, 19 20-plus-point games, eight 30-plus-point games and four 40-plus-point games. Young is averaging 29.8 points, 9.7 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 1.9 steals while shooting .445 from the field and .393 from 3-point range. He leads the nation in scoring and averages over 10 points more than any other Big 12 player (Texas Tech’s Keenan Evans is second with 18.6). Young’s 9.7 assists also lead the country. No player in recorded NCAA history has finished a season leading the country in both scoring and assists.
• Just 22 games into his collegiate career, Young already owns the program record for total assists (214), 3-pointers (92) and made foul shots (173) in a freshman season. Young also ranks in the top 10 among all-time OU freshmen in numerous other categories for season totals. He is sitting in second in points (655), fifth in steals (41) and fourth in made shots (195).
• Young’s collegiate career only consists of 22 games, but he has reached 40 points on four occasions, most recently scoring 44 against Baylor on Jan. 30. Young produced a career-high 48 points against Oklahoma State on Jan. 20. Young’s 48 points are tied for the most ever by a Big 12 player (Iowa State’s Melvin Ejim also scored 48 in 2014) and is the second-highest-scoring game by a Division-I player this season. His 48 points are the fifth-most in Oklahoma program history and the second-most by an OU freshman. Young also scored 43 points on Nov. 26 against Oregon and again on Jan. 13 versus TCU. He is the 15th Sooner to score 40 points in a game, but just the second to do so as a freshman. Wayman Tisdale is the only Sooner freshman to score more in a game (51) in the 1982-83 season. Young is also the fourth player in program history to score 40 points in a game multiple times, joining Tisdale (five), Stacey King (two), and Jeff Webster (two).
UP NEXT: IOWA STATE
• Up next, the Sooners head to Ames for a Saturday afternoon contest against Iowa State. The matchup will tip at 1 p.m. CT on ESPN. Oklahoma will look for its first win in Hilton Coliseum during the Lon Kruger era. The Sooners last won in Ames in 2011 and have lost six straight in the building since.
• Despite sitting in last place of the Big 12, Iowa State has won three straight conference games at home, including wins over first-place Texas Tech and third-place West Virginia.
• Oklahoma leads the overall series, 115-87, with the Cyclones owning a 51-37 edge in Ames. Oklahoma is 5-10 against Iowa State under Kruger.