Sooners Head to No. 7 Texas Tech on Tuesday
TUESDAY'S GAME BASICS
No. 23/23 Oklahoma (16-8, 6-6 Big 12) travels to West Texas seeking its fifth win over a top-10 team this season. The Sooners will face No. 7/6 Texas Tech (21-4, 9-3 Big 12), who sits in sole possession of first place in the conference. Oklahoma won the first meeting, 75-65, in Norman but the Raiders boast a 15-0 record at home. The Sooners are 6-2 against ranked opponents this season while the Raiders are 5-1.
ON THE AIR
The “Super Tuesday” matchup will tip at 6 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 and Fran Fraschilla calling the action.
• Oklahoma leads the nation in “big wins” this season and looks to pick up another one on Tuesday when it faces No. 7 Texas Tech. The Sooners lead the country in both wins over top-25 teams (six) and victories against top-10 teams (four). Oklahoma is 4-1 against teams ranked in the top 10 at the time of competition, with two of those victories coming on the road (at No. 3 Wichita State and at No. 10 TCU).
• Freshman guard Trae Young leads the country in both scoring (29.5) and assists (9.4). Young was born in Lubbock, where his father, Rayford Young, spent four seasons playing for the Red Raiders (1996-2000). Rayford and Trae are the only father-son pair to both play men’s basketball in the Big 12 since the league began in 1996-97.
• Senior forward Khadeem Lattin is one block shy of tying OU legend Al Beal for the most blocked shots in a career at Oklahoma. Through 122 career games, Lattin has swatted 229 shots - the second most in program history and eighth most in Big 12 history. OU’s only senior, Lattin averages 3.1 blocks per game against Texas Tech during his career and has swatted seven Raider shots in the first meeting of the season. His 2.3 blocks per game this season rank third in the Big 12.
Oklahoma leads the nation in wins over top-10 teams this season. A victory on Tuesday would be the Sooners' fifth win against a team ranked in the top 10 at the time of competition.
SERIES HISTORY VS. TEXAS TECH
• Oklahoma owns a 39-23 lead in the all-time series and has won eight of the last 11 meetings. The Raiders boast a narrow lead in the series (15-13) when the game is played in Lubbock. Tech has won its last two home meetings against the Sooners, with OU’s last win in Lubbock coing in 2015.
• The Sooners are 9-4 against Tech in the Lon Kruger era. Texas Tech head coach Chris Beard, in his second season in Lubbock, is 1-2 against the Sooners while coaching the Raiders.
• Oklahoma won the first meeting of the season, 75-65, in Norman. The Sooners shot 14-of-25 (.560) in the second half to outscore the Raiders, 46-34, after halftime in the win.
PLAY FAST, SCORE BUCKETS
• Oklahoma boasts a 16-8 record behind the highest-scoring offense in the nation. The Sooners average 88.8 points per game and have scored at least 90 points in 12 of their 24 games - including six games in triple digits. Oklahoma, who ranked 331 (of 351 teams) in assists per game last season (10.6), is 42nd in the country (third in the Big 12) with 16.2 assists per contest this year. The Sooners also rank 20th in made 3-point field goals per game with 10.1 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 76.1. Oklahoma’s average possession is 13.9 seconds long, the fastest among major conferences and fourth-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 21 of its 48 halves this season and has scored at least 40 points before halftime in all but five 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 24 games, the Norman native has put together 12 double-doubles, 21 20-plus-point games, nine 30-plus-point games and four 40-plus-point games. Young is averaging 29.5 points, 9.4 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 1.9 steals while shooting .443 from the field and .385 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 18.4). Young’s 9.4 assists also lead the country. No player in recorded NCAA history has finished a season leading the country in both scoring and assists.
• Just 24 games into his collegiate career, Young already owns the program record for total assists (226), 3-pointers (97) and made foul shots (188) in a freshman season. Among all-time freshman leaders at OU, Young also ranks second in points (709), third in made shots (212) and fourth in steals (45).
• Young’s collegiate career only consists of 24 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: TEXAS
• The Sooners are back at home on Saturday when they face Texas at Lloyd Noble Center. The 11 a.m. CT contest will air on ESPN. Oklahoma leads the all-time series, 54-38, and is 28-11 against the Longhorns in Norman. OU has won five straight home games against the Horns.
• The Sooners are 7-6 against Texas under Lon Kruger. Oklahoma is 2-3 versus the Horns during the Shaka Smart era at Texas.
• The Longhorns won the first matchup of the season in Austin, 79-74. Texas has not swept Oklahoma since 2012.