Oklahoma Hosts Texas in Hardwood Rivalry
SATURDAY'S GAME BASICS
Oklahoma (16-10, 4-9 Big 12) enters the crunch-time portion of its schedule as it looks to finish conference play strong and boost its postseason resume. The Sooners play three of the their next four games at home, starting with a Saturday rivalry game against Texas (15-11, 7-6 Big 12). The Sooners aim to snap a three-game losing streak against the Longhorns and build off Oklahoma's road win last weekend at TCU. OU is playing its first game inside Lloyd Noble Center since Feb. 9.
ON THE AIR
The Big 12 matchup will tip at 11 a.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. Dave LaMont and Robbie Hummel 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 9:30 a.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
• All fans in attendance will receive a white OU rally towel.
• Fans will be treated to the halftime act of K9’s in Flight.
• OU students will receive a free "Get up it's gameday" pillowcase for the early tipoff along with the rally towels. Seniors will also receive a special "OU Class of 2019" t-shirt. Students can enter to win a pair of OU branded Jordan shoes and a free 2019 OU football/men's basketball season ticket. For every student in attendance, OU Athletics will donate $1 to Soonerthon.
• 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 scored in double figures in seven of his last eight games (averaging 13.0 points during that stretch). One of the most consistent scorers during his two seasons in Norman, Manek boasts 628 career points. With at least six games remaining this season, Manek is 72 points shy of hitting 700 career points. Only four Sooners have recorded 700 total points in their freshman and sophomore seasons during the Big 12 era: Blake Griffin (1,278), Trae Young (876), Willie Warren (868) and Buddy Hield (756).
• Sometimes the key to victory can be as simple as making shots. Oklahoma is 16-0 when it holds a better shooting percentage than its opponents and 0-9 when the Sooners have worse shooting percentage (0-1 when the percentages are equal). Oklahoma is shooting .467 (.353 from 3-point range) in its 16 wins and .396 (.304 from deep) in its 10 losses. The Sooners are 10-2 when it shots above 45 percent.
• Junior forward Kristian Doolittle continues to show progress in his game as the season goes along. The junior is coming off a strong performance last weekend against TCU, producing 21 points, 10 rebounds and five assists while shooting 8-of-11 from the field. It was the third 20-point, 10-rebound game of his career. Doolittle is leading the Sooners in both points (12.8) and rebounds (7.6) during conference play.
Kristian Doolitle is leading the Sooners in scoring and rebounding during conference play.
SERIES HISTORY: TEXAS
• Oklahoma leads the all-time series, 54-40, including a 28-12 advantage in Norman. The Sooners are 7-8 against Texas under Lon Kruger.
• OU looks to snap a three-game losing streak against its rival to the south. The Horns swept the Sooners last season and won the first meeting of 2019, 75-72, in Austin on Jan. 19.
• Oklahoma has won five of its last six games against Texas in Norman. The Longhorns stole a win at the LNC last season, capturing Texas' first win in Norman since 2012.
LOOKING BACK ON OU'S WIN AT TCU
• Oklahoma picked up its fifth road win of the season and its second straight in Fort Worth. The Sooners now own a 10-2 all-time record facing the Frogs on the road and hold a 23-4 advantage overall in the series.
• The win is Oklahoma's fourth straight against TCU. OU leads the series 12-3 since the Frogs joined the Big 12 in 2012.
• The Sooners were led by junior forward Kristian Doolittle, who produced 21 points, 10 rebounds and five assists while shooting 8-of-11 from the field. It was the third 20-point, 10-rebound game of his career.
• In OU's two games against the Frogs this season, Doolittle has totaled 45 points on 17-of-23 shooting (.739).
• Senior guard Christian James and sophomore forward Brady Manek added 14 points each.
• Oklahoma shot 27-of-54 (.500) from the field while holding TCU to 23-of-65 (.354). The Frogs shot 4-of-18 (.222) from 3-point range during the second half.
DOOLITTLE DOOING IT ALL
• Junior forward Kristian Doolittle continues to show progress in his game as the season goes along. After averaging 7.2 points and 5.8 boards in the first 12 games of the season, Doolittle has averaged 12.8 points, 7.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 steals during conference games while shooting .488 from the field. During Big 12 play, Doolittle ranks in OU's top-three in points, rebounds, assists, blocks, steals, field goal perecentage and free throw percentage.
• Doolittle has reached double-digit scoring in his last four games, including 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting last week against TCU. The junior added 10 boards and five assists in the performance for his second 20-point, 10-rebound double-double of the season.
• During his sophomore season, Doolittle averaged just 2.9 points and 4.3 rebounds.
• 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 10-3 when limiting opponents to under 70 points and 4-1 when opponents score less than 60.
• Oklahoma is 15-3 when it scores at least 30 points in the first half.
• The Sooners are 12-1 when outrebounding their opponents. In its 16 wins, Oklahoma is winning the rebounding margin by an average of 5.2 boards.
• Freshman guard Jamal Bieniemy is expected to make his 10th appearance in the OU starting lineup on Saturday. In his seven previous starts, the rookie point guard has totaled 32 assists and only 11 turnovers in 290 minutes. OU's only scholarship freshman, Bieniemy boasts a season assist/turnover ratio of 3.1, which ranks second in the Big 12 and fourth among Division I freshmen.
• OU opponents are shooting 39.7 percent from the field – the second lowest opponent field goal percentage in the conference and 19th nationally. The Sooners rank 19th in KenPom.com’s adjusted defensive efficiency.
• Oklahoma is 18th in the nation and first in the conference in defensive rebounding with 28.9 defensive boards per game. OU’s 38.7 total rebounds per game rank 39th 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 (fifth, 6.8), Kristian Doolittle (seventh, 6.6) and Brady Manek (10th, 6.5). TCU is the only other school with multiple players (two) ranked in the top 10.
• Oklahoma is 14-4 when outscoring its opponents in the paint. OU is averaging 34.3 paint points per game.
• Christian James ranks sixth in the Big 12 in scoring (15.3) and fifth in rebounding (6.8). He is the only Big 12 guard averaging at least 15.0 points and 6.5 rebounds.
• Oklahoma is the only Big 12 team with multiple players possessing at least five double-doubles. James leads the Sooners with six games of at least 10 points and 10 rebounds while Manek has produced five. Neither Manek or James owned a double-double in their career prior to this season. James and Manek are two of only four Big 12 players with season averages of at least 11.0 points and 6.5 rebounds.
• The Sooners almost always have team success on nights that Brady Manek is rolling. During his career, OU is 23-10 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.
UP NEXT: IOWA STATE
• For the fourth time in the last five weeks, the Sooners will have a Saturday-Monday turnaround when they travel to Hilton Coliseum to face Iowa State on Big Monday. The 7 p.m. contest will air on ESPN2.
• OU leads the overall series against ISU, 116-88, but the Cyclones hold a 52-37 advantage for games played in Ames.
• The Sooners are looking for their first win at Hilton Coliseum since 2011.
• The Cyclones escaped Norman with a one-point win earlier in February, defeating the Sooners 75-74.