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By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma

 No. 3/3 Oklahoma (25-3, 11-2) at Texas Tech (12-16, 2-11) 
 Date & Tip Time

 Saturday, Feb. 28 at 2:35 p.m. CST

 Location  Lubbock, Texas | United Spirit Arena
 Tickets  OU Athletics Ticket Office

 ABC (regional coverage)


 Sooner Radio Network 
 KOKC AM 1520 in Oklahoma City
 KTBZ AM 1430 in Tulsa

 Series History  OU leads 28-16
 Live Stats
 Game Info  Game Notes (PDF)

Looking to rebound from two straight losses, No. 3/3 Oklahoma (25-3, 11-2) plays at Texas Tech (12-16, 2-11) Saturday at 2:30 p.m. CST.  The Sooners are a game out of first place in the Big 12 while the Red Raiders, who have lost five straight, are in 11th place.  The game will be regionally televised by ABC with Terry Gannon and Steve Lavin announcing.  The contest will air on the Sooner Radio Network (flagship KOKC AM 1520 in OKC; KTBZ AM 1430 in Tulsa) with Bob Barry, Sr. and Mike Houck calling the action.

Oklahoma holds a 28-16 all-time record against Texas Tech and is 9-10 in Lubbock.  Since the formation of the Big 12 Conference, OU leads the series 19-8 and owns an 8-4 advantage at Tech.  Jeff Capel is 4-1 against the Red Raiders as OU’s head coach. 

 Texas Tech's Projected Starters (based on last game)
 2008-09 Stats
 Robert Lewandowski
 7.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 58.8 FG%
 Michael Prince
 4.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 67.3 FG%
 Alan Voskuil
 13.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 45.2 3FG%
 John Roberson
 14.2 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 6.5 apg
 Nick Okorie
 11.1 ppg, 3.0 apg, 37.5 3FG%

 Oklahoma's Projected Starters (based on last game)
 2008-09 Stats
 Ryan Wright
 22.0 ppg, 13.8 rpg, 63.2 FG%
 Taylor Griffin
 8.9 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 51.5 FG%
 Tony Crocker
 10.2 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 37.9 3FG%
 Willie Warren
 15.4 ppg, 3.0 apg, 38.2 3FG%
 Austin Johnson
 8.7 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 4.4 apg 

• An OU win Saturday would clinch a first-round bye in the upcoming Big 12 Championship (March 11-14 in Oklahoma City).  It would mark the Sooners’ second consecutive bye and 10th in the 13-year history of the event.
• The Sooners won their first 11 league games for the Big 12’s second-best start ever (Kansas finished 16-0 in 2002).
• OU has won at least 11 Big 12 games nine times in the 13-year history of the league.  Its best Big 12 record was 13-3 in 2001-02.

• OU owns a 28-16 series lead against Texas Tech and has won six of the last seven meetings.  The Sooners are 19-8 against the Red Raiders since the inception of the Big 12 Conference (8-4 in Lubbock).
• The Sooners are 137-53 (.721) all-time against Big 12 teams from Texas (Baylor, Texas, Texas A&M and Texas Tech).  They are 85-27 (.759) against those programs since the formation of the Big 12 Conference.
Blake Griffin and Willie Warren have accounted for 54 percent of OU’s points in its nine road games.  Griffin is averaging 20.1 points (shooting .598) and 11.2 rebounds in those contests while Warren is averaging 20.0 points (28-for-56 from long range).
• Over the last two games, Warren, a freshman, is averaging 25.0 points and 4.5 assists while shooting .500 from the field and .500 (9-for-18) from 3-point territory.  He scored 27 points at Texas and 23 versus Kansas.
• Warren has seven games of at least 20 points this year, the most by an OU true freshman since Tim McCalister recorded nine of them in 1983-84.  Warren has registered at least 27 points four times and has broken the 30-point barrier twice.
• Warren already ranks sixth on OU’s freshman scoring chart (438 points), second in 3-pointers (53), fourth in free throws made (99), fifth in assists (83) and sixth in steals (35).  He needs six more treys to take over the top spot from Terry Evans (58 in 1989-90).
• Warren, a seven-time Big 12 Rookie of the Week, is shooting .500 from 3-point range (28-for-56) in OU’s nine road games compared to .301 (22-for-73) in its 15 home games.  He’s averaging 20.0 points per road outing and 13.8 per home contest.
• Oklahoma used the same starting lineup in its first 27 games.  Ryan Wright replaced an injured Griffin Monday, marking Griffin’s only non-start of the year.
• Over the last 15 games (13-2 record), the Sooners are outshooting their opponents from the field, .504 to .400.  They are 13-0 during the span when outshooting their foes and 0-2 when being outshot.
• In Big 12 play, Oklahoma ranks first in field goal percentage (.501) and second in 3-point field goal percentage (.412), while ranking second in field goal percentage defense (.412) and fourth in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.344).
• In OU’s five games against ranked opponents this year, Taylor Griffin is averaging 14.2 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.0 blocked shots.  He is shooting .684 from the field and .783 from the free throw line in those outings.
• OU will play 21 of its 31 regular season games against teams that made the 2008 postseason (15 against NCAA Tournament teams, four against NIT squads and two against College Basketball Invitational teams).  As of Thursday, the Sooners are ranked No. 4 nationally at

 Sooner to Watch 

 Taylor Griffin | Sr. | Forward
 • Ranks fourth on team in scoring (9.0), second in rebounding (5.9), first in steals (1.3) and second in blocked shots (1.1)
 • Shooting .532 from the field during Big 12 play and .844 from the free throw line
 • Ranks 10th in OU history with 93 blocks
 • Has started every game this season


• The Sooners have been held under 70 points just four times this season (61, 68, 69 and 69).  OU is averaging 80.0 points per game on the year.  It has not finished a season averaging 80.0 or more points a contest since the 1994-95 campaign.
• Oklahoma is shooting a Big 12-best .489 from the field.  The last time OU shot better for an entire season was 21 years ago (.491 in 1988-89).  The Sooners have shot at least .500 from the field in six of the last nine games (.518 combined over those nine outings).
• OU has shot .400 or better from 3-point range in nine of the last 12 contests and owns a .414 mark over the span.  The Sooners rank second in Big 12 play with their .411 3-point mark (Kansas is shooting .412).
• In Oklahoma’s six conference road games, Austin Johnson is 14-for-26 (.538) from 3-point range.  He is 13-for-23 from behind the arc over the last five league road outings, good for a .565 mark.
Tony Crocker and Willie Warren have combined for 80 treys over the last 18 games.  Warren is 41-for-93 (.441) in those 18 outings while Crocker is 39-for-91 (.429).  Over OU’s first 10 games, each owned a .273 season 3-point figure (12-for-44).
• Warren is shooting .493 from the field on the season to rank fourth in the Big 12 and first among league guards.  The last OU guard to shoot at least .500 from the field for an entire year was Nolan Johnson (.559) in 1999-00.
• In OU’s 15 non-league games, Austin Johnson averaged 6.6 points and was 13-for-47 (.277) from 3-point range.  In 13 Big 12 games, he is averaging 10.5 points and is 21-for-50 (.420) from long distance.
• Last year, Blake Griffin became the first player in school history standing at least 6-foot-10 to log three or more handouts in 11 games.  He has done it in 13 games this season.
• Despite a modest .680 team free throw percentage (it ranks ninth in the Big 12), Oklahoma has made just nine fewer foul shots than its opponents have attempted.  OU has shot 239 more free throws than its foes, good for an average of 8.1 more per game.
• Oklahoma has made at least one 3-pointer in 412 consecutive games (last one without a trey was at Memphis on Dec. 23, 1996).

• Oklahoma ranks second in the Big 12 (all games) with its .395 field goal percentage defense.  The last time OU held opponents to a lower collective figure for an entire season was 48 years ago (.377 in 1960-61).
• The Sooners have held their first 13 Big 12 opponents to a combined .412 field goal mark, with Kansas State (.327) and Texas (.338 in first meeting) shooting season lows and Baylor (.346 in the first meeting) posting its second worst mark of the season.
• OU has held 12 of its 28 opponents to a field goal mark under .360.
• Oklahoma ranks second in the Big 12 with its 4.5 blocked shots per contest.  Juan Pattillo ranks third in league play with his 1.5 rejections per outing, while Blake Griffin ranks sixth (1.1) and Taylor Griffin seventh (1.1).  Point guard Austin Johnson has 22 blocks in 28 outings on the year for the second-highest average (0.8) among league guards.

• Sophomore Blake Griffin leads the Big 12 in scoring (22.0 ppg), rebounding (13.8 rpg) and field goal percentage (.632), while ranking fourth in blocks (1.3 bpg).  The 6-10 forward also averages 2.4 assists per contest, more than any other league player taller than 6-foot-5.  He has at least two assists in 20 of his 27 games and at least three in 13 outings.
• Nationally, Griffin ranks first in rebounding and second in double-doubles (22).  He entered the week second in free throw attempts (9.4 per game), fourth in field goal percentage and 13th in scoring.
• Griffin needs seven rebounds to overtake Wayman Tisdale (378 in 1984-85) as OU’s record holder for boards in a season.  If Griffin accomplishes the feat Saturday against Texas Tech, he’ll have done it in nine fewer games than Tisdale.
• Griffin’s 40 points and 23 rebounds (career highs) against Texas Tech Feb. 14 marked the first time in Big 12 history a player recorded a 40/20 game, and was the first such outing of any player nationally since at least the 1996-97 season.  Only two previous Sooners have accomplished the feat (Tisdale in 1983-84 and Alvan Adams in 1974-75).  Griffin’s 40 points were the most by an OU player in 15 seasons while his 23 rebounds were the most in 20 years.
• Griffin’s 22 double-doubles are the most in OU single-season history.  Garfield Heard (21 double-doubles in 27 games during the 1969-70 season) and Adams (21 in 26 games during the 1973-74 campaign) rank second.
• Griffin had a streak of eight double-doubles snapped last Saturday at Texas when he played only 11 minutes (first-half concussion).  It was the fourth longest double-double streak in OU history.  He has also assembled a pair of six-game streaks this year.
• Griffin has 110 more points (594) and 71 more rebounds (372) in 27 games this year than he did in 33 games last season.
• Griffin has three games of at least 20 points and 20 rebounds this season.  No other Big 12 player has ever recorded more than two such outings in a career.
• Griffin has recorded 12 games of at least 20 points and 15 rebounds this season, more than any player nationally since at least the 1996-97 season.  Tim Duncan (Wake Forest in 1996-97) and Paul Millsap (Louisiana Tech in 2005-06) registered nine 20/15 games, the second most since the start of the 1996-97 season.

OU Fast Fact 
OU’s 13-game winning streak that ended last Saturday was the fourth longest in school single-season history.   The Sooners also won their first 12 games of the year, giving them two of the seven longest single-season winning streaks in school annals.

Blake Griffin registered career highs of 40 points and 23 rebounds to become the first player in Big 12 history and the third in OU annals to record at least 40 points and 20 boards in a game as the Sooners dealt Texas Tech a 95-74 defeat Feb. 14 in Norman.
• Griffin, who became the 13th Sooner to score 40 points in a game, was 16-for-22 from the field and 8-for-10 from the free throw line while adding two assists and two steals.
• Griffin’s 40 points were the most by a Sooner since Jeff Webster netted 41 versus Colorado during the 1993-94 season.  His 23 rebounds tied as the fourth most ever by an OU player and were the most since Stacey King grabbed 23 boards against Loyola Marymount in the 1988-89 season.
• Griffin had double-doubles in each half (22 points and 13 rebounds in the first half and 18 points and 10 boards in the second).  His 23 rebounds were one fewer than all of Texas Tech’s players combined.
Cade Davis finished the game with a career-high 17 points on 5-for-9 shooting from behind the arc.  It marked his first double-digits scoring outing in 20 contests (10 vs. Purdue on Nov. 28).  Davis’ previous career scoring high was 12 points against UAB on Nov. 26.  The sophomore added a career-high-tying four rebounds and two assists.
• OU didn’t take its first lead of the game until the 7:42 mark of the first half (25-23).
• The Sooners missed their first four 3-point field goal attempts but made their next five to finish 5-for-9 in the first half.  Their last four treys of the opening half came in a span of 1:28 (three of them by Davis is a span of 50 seconds).
• Oklahoma outrebounded Texas Tech 48-28, tying for its largest board advantage this season (38-18 at Oklahoma State Jan. 26).

David Godbold’s 28-footer with 1.4 seconds remaining gave Oklahoma a 66-64 win at Texas Tech on Feb. 16, 2008.  It was the Red Raiders’ first loss of the year in Lubbock (they were 11-0 entering the game).
Austin Johnson scored a then-career-high 20 points with the help of a career-high six 3-pointers (on 11 attempts).  Johnson also assisted on Godbold’s game-winning trey.
Blake Griffin was held to nine points (his second lowest total in 15 games) but pulled down a then-career-high 17 rebounds.
• In his second game back after missing two contests with a broken bone in his leg, senior center Longar Longar came off the bench to supply 10 points on 5-for-8 shooting.  He played 26 minutes.
• Oklahoma played from behind most of the game and trailed by seven points with 12:26 to go.
• The road win was OU’s fourth of the season after winning just one road contest the previous year (Baylor).  The Sooners also won for the fourth time of the season when trailing at the half (they were 0-13 the previous season).
• The Sooners won for the first time of the Jeff Capel era when its opponent shot at least .500 from the field (Tech shot .500).
• The victory was OU’s second of the year over Texas Tech by two points.

• Lost in Blake Griffin’s gaudy scoring and rebounding statistics are some pretty impressive assist numbers.  The forward ranks third on the team with 2.4 assists per game this season and has registered at least one handout in 26 of 27 outings (did not have one in his 11 minutes against Texas last Saturday).  Last season, Griffin became the first Sooner standing 6-foot-10 or taller to ever dish at least three assists in a game 11 times.  He has recorded at least three assists 13 times already this year.
• Griffin (13.8 rpg and .632 FG%) is on pace to shatter the single-season OU records for rebounding average and field goal percentage.  The standards of 13.3 boards per game and .627 from the field were set by Alvan Adams in 1974-75 and Al Beal in 1978-79.  Griffin is also averaging 9.4 free throw attempts a game (ranks second nationally), a figure that would break Stacey King’s 1988-89 school record of 8.9 foul shots per outing.
• Griffin owns three of the six longest double-double streaks in school history, with all three of those coming this year.  He has assembled a pair of six game streaks and had an eight-game streak (fourth longest in OU history) snapped Saturday at Texas.
• Griffin has 70 dunks on the season, good for an average of 2.6 per game.  He has 122 slams in 60 career games.
• Griffin owns the best vertical leap (no step) on the team at 37.5 inches, as well as the best max leap (no limit on steps) by reaching 27 inches above the rim.  He also owns an 84.5-inch wingspan (seven feet and one-half inch).

Blake Griffin
couldn’t be off to a better start in terms of turning his Big 12 Preseason-Player-of-the-Year honor into the league’s postseason player-of-the-year award.  The sophomore forward has been named the Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week a league-record-tying five times, including each of the season’s first three weeks.  He picked up his fourth and fifth honors Jan. 12 and Feb. 16.  Griffin is only the second player in conference history to earn the weekly honor three straight times (Texas Tech’s Andre Emmett did it during the 2003-04 campaign).  Similarly, freshman guard Willie Warren has been named Phillips 66 Big 12 Rookie of the Week seven out of a possible 15 times (Nov. 24, Dec. 1, Dec. 29, Jan. 5, Feb. 2, Feb. 16 and Feb. 23).  Warren was the unanimous choice as Big 12 Preseason Freshman of the Year.  Senior guard Austin Johnson picked up his first career Big 12 Player of the Week honor Jan. 19.

Sports Illustrated college hoops writer Seth Davis tabbed OU’s Jeff Capel as his national coach of the year on Thursday.
Blake Griffin was named one of 30 mid-season Naismith Award candidates on Wednesday.  A day later, Griffin was named one of 15 finalists for the U.S. Basketball Writers Association Oscar Robertson Trophy.  Both are national player of the year awards.
Willie Warren picked up his seventh Big 12 Rookie of the Week award on Monday (second straight).  The record of eight rookie honors was set by Kansas State’s Michael Beasley last year.

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