Saturday Showdown with No. 18 Texas Tech
SATURDAY'S GAME BASICS
Oklahoma (15-8, 3-7 Big 12) hosts its second top-25 opponent of the week when No. 18/18 Texas Tech (18-5, 6-4 Big 12) visits Lloyd Noble Center on Saturday. This is just the second time this season that the Sooners have faced a team for the second time in the Big 12's double round-robin. OU is 1-0 in second meetings this season (won at Oklahoma State). The Sooners look to snap a three-game skid, while Texas Tech enters the LNC with three straight road losses, having been outscored by an average of 13.3 points in those trio of away games. OU has won four of its last six home games against ranked opponents.
ON THE AIR
The Big 12 matchup will tip at 3 p.m. CT and air on the Sooner Radio Network (107.7 FM The Franchise in Oklahoma City; KTBZ 1430 AM in Tulsa; Tune In Radio App) with Toby Rowland and Kevin Henry announcing. Chuckie Kempf and Bryndon Manzer will call the action on ESPNU. Fans with proper cable verification can also stream the game on the Watch ESPN app.
Tickets are available starting at just $20 at the OU Athletics Ticket Office (800-456-4668) and online here. Lloyd Noble Center's north and east ticket windows will open at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.
OU students without season tickets can gain entry for just $5 with a valid student ID at the north entrance.
IN THE BONUS
• OU Athletics is now offering happy hour prices for all fans from the moment doors open until tipoff. During the happy hour, discounts will be applied to the following items: hot dogs ($3), popcorn ($3), soda ($3) and beer ($5).
• Fans are encouraged to #ArriveSooner to avoid delays into the gates with enhanced screenings. OU's clear bag policy will also be in
• Sophomore forward Brady Manek has strung together back-to-back games of strong shooting, going 7-of-10 (4-of-6 from 3-point range) to produce 18 points against West Virginia followed by shooting 6-of-9 (4-of-7 from deep) for 16 points versus Iowa State. The performances mark just the second time in his career that Manek has sunk at least four 3-pointers in consecutive games. Between the two games, Manek is shooting .684 from the field and .615 from behind the arc.
• Fellow frontcourt starter Kristian Doolittle has also displayed recent success, averaging 12.2 points and a team-high 8.1 rebounds. Doolittle led the Sooners with 19 points and nine boards on Monday against Iowa State. He ranks fifth in the conference in field goal percentage, shooting at a 50.9 percent clip.
• During Saturday's starting lineup introductions, the Sooners will feature a special "sixth starter" in Caleb Freeman from Newcastle, Okla. Freeman was critically injured in a car wreck on the way to cheer on the Sooners at the LNC in Dec. 2017 when a semi truck t-boned the driver's side of his vehicle at 70 miles per hour. The impact caused life-threatening brain trauma, but the 17-year old has made a miraculous recovery in the 14 months since the accident.
Kristian Doolitle is averaging 12.2 points and 8.1 rebounds during conference play.
SERIES HISTORY: TEXAS TECH
• Oklahoma owns a 39-25 lead in the all-time series and has won eight of the last 13 meetings. The Sooners are 24-7 all time against the Raiders in Norman and have won the last four home meetings against Tech.
• The home team has won each of the past seven meetings.
• The Sooners are 9-6 against Tech in the Lon Kruger era. Texas Tech head coach Chris Beard, in his third season in Lubbock, is 3-2 against the Sooners while coaching the Raiders.
• Oklahoma is the only school in the country with a win over a team from every major conference (Power Five + Big East).
• The Sooners are 9-1 when limiting opponents to under 70 points and 4-0 when opponents score less than 60.
• Oklahoma is 14-2 when it scores at least 30 points in the first half.
• The Sooners are 12-1 when outrebounding their opponents. In its 15 wins, Oklahoma is winning the rebounding margin by an average of 5.3 boards.
• OU opponents are shooting 39.8 percent from the field – the second lowest opponent field goal percentage in the conference and 20th nationally. The Sooners rank 20th in KenPom.com’s adjusted defensive efficiency.
• Oklahoma is 12th in the nation in defensive rebounding with 29.4 defensive boards per game. OU’s 39.4 total rebounds per game rank 32nd in the country and second in the Big 12.
• OU has three players ranked in the top 10 in rebounding in the Big 12: Christian James (sixth, 7.0), Kristian Doolittle (seventh, 6.7) and Brady Manek (10th, 6.3). TCU is the only other school with multiple players (two) ranked in the top 10.
• Oklahoma is 13-2 when outscoring its opponents in the paint. OU is averaging 33.8 paint points per game.
• Christian James ranks sixth in the Big 12 in scoring (15.8) and sixth in rebounding (7.0). He is the only Big 12 guard averaging at least 15.0 points and 7.0 rebounds.
• James failed to record a double-double in his first 104 collegiate games, but has produced at least 10 points and 10 rebounds in six of his 16 games since. His six double-doubles are the second most in the Big 12.
• Freshman guard Jamal Bieniemy is expected to make his seventh appearance in the OU starting lineup on Saturday. In his six previous starts, the rookie point guard has totaled 23 assists and only five turnovers in 191 minutes. OU's only scholarship freshman, Bieniemy boasts a season assist/turnover ratio of 3.6, which ranks second in the Big 12, sixth nationally and third among Division I freshmen.
• James enters tonight’s game with 151 career 3-pointers. He is 18 away from cracking OU’s all-time top 10 in the category. Mookie Blaylock is currently 10th in Sooner history with 169.
• The Sooners almost always have team success on nights that Brady Manek is rolling. During his career, OU is 22-8 when Manek scores in double figures, 14-3 when he scores at least 15 points and 8-2 when he hit four or more 3-pointers.
• Graduate guard Miles Reynolds continues to make the most of his lone season with the Sooners, earning Big 12 Newcomer of the Week for games played Dec. 17-25. Reynolds averaged 12.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists in Oklahoma’s two wins that week (Creighton and at Northwestern) to earn the honor for the first time.
UP NEXT: BAYLOR
• The Sooners will have a Saturday-Monday turnaround for the third straight week when Oklahoma heads to Waco, Texas to face Baylor on Big Monday. The matchup tips at 8 p.m. CT on ESPN2.
• OU owns a 45-16 record over the Bears, including a 19-8 advantage in Waco. The Sooners are on the hunt for their first win in Waco since 2016.
• The Sooners are 8-8 against the Bears during the Lon Kruger era and have won eight of the last 14 outings.
• Baylor won the first matchup of the season, 77-47, on Jan. 28 in Norman. The Bears will be looking to sweep the Sooners for just the fourth time in program history (OU has swept Baylor 16 times).