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Sooners Set for Final Exhibition

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma

Nov. 7, 2008

 OU (0-0) vs. Cameron (0-0) 
 Date & Tip Time  Saturday, Nov. 8 at Noon CST
 Location  Norman, Okla. | Lloyd Noble Center 
 Tickets  OU Athletics Ticket Office
 TV  None
 Radio  Free on
 Video Webcast  Free on
 Live Stats / GameTracker
 Game Info  Game Notes (PDF)

Preseason Big 12 coaches favorite Oklahoma will play its second and final exhibition game of the season when it hosts the Division II Cameron Aggies Saturday at noon at Lloyd Noble Center.  The contest can be heard on the Internet at with Brian Brinkley and Mike Houck announcing.  A free, live video webcast of the game will also be available for viewing on the Web site.  

• OU students who present a valid school I.D. will be admitted to Saturday's game free of charge (north entrance).
• Upper-level reserved seats are available for $10 (north and south) and $15 (east and west) at the OU Athletics Ticket Office.  Lloyd Noble Center ticket windows will open at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

• Oklahoma is 40-2 (.952) in exhibition games over the past 20 seasons.
• Half of Oklahoma's 14 players did not play for the Sooners last year.  Six players are in their first year at OU while Ryan Wright (a transfer from UCLA) practiced with the team last season but did not play in games.
• Out of its 31 regular season games this year, OU will play at least 19 against teams that made the 2008 postseason (13 against NCAA Tournament teams, four against NIT squads and two against CBI teams).  It could play three more NCAA Tournament teams beyond the first round of the NIT Season Tip-Off (Davidson, Arizona and Purdue).

 Cameron's Projected Starters
 Stats / Notes
 Chad Allan
 5.7 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.7 apg
 Jamaar Burke
 First year at Cameron
 Greg Morgan
 15.4 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 5.0 apg
 Dave Smith
 10.9 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 3.4 apg
 Kallan Glasgow
 6.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.2 apg


 Oklahoma's Projected Starters
 Stats / Notes
 Blake Griffin
 14.7 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 56.8 FG%
 Taylor Griffin
 6.5 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 25 blocks
 Tony Crocker
 11.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 42.4 3FG%
 Willie Warren
 Big 12 Preseason Fr. of the Year
 Austin Johnson
 8.6 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 2.9 apg 

Ranked No. 12 in the preseason AP poll and No. 14 in the ESPN/USA Today version, Oklahoma shot .508 from the field and posted a 45-27 rebounding advantage in a 90-43 exhibition win over Division II Oklahoma Panhandle State Wednesday in Norman.  The Sooners scored the game's first nine points and went up 14-2 as the Aggies missed seven of their first eight shots.  An 11-2 first-half-ending spurt gave OU a comfortable 49-19 lead at intermission, and Jeff Capel's squad outscored OPSU 42-24 after the break.

AP preseason first-team All-American Blake Griffin was the game's star, registering 22 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and three blocked shots in 28 minutes of action.  The sophomore forward was 10-for-10 from the floor with four of his field goals coming on dunks.   Big 12 Preseason Freshman of the Year Willie Warren scored an efficient 15 points in 23 minutes on 4-for-8 field goal and 6-for-6 free throw shooting.  The combo guard added three rebounds and a game-high three steals.

Three more significant offensive contributors came from the backcourt.  Sophomore guard Cade Davis drained four of his seven 3-point attempts (his season high last year was three makes) to finish with 12 points, senior guard Omar Leary was 3-for-4 from long distance en route to a nine-point effort and fellow senior guard Austin Johnson handed out seven assists without a turnover.

 Sooner to Watch 

 Cade Davis | So. | Guard
 • Coming off a 12-point exhibition performance on Wednesday (all in the first half) in 17 minutes 
 • Was 4-for-7 from 3-point distance and added two blocked shots and two steals on defense
 • Averaged 3.7 points per game last year
 • Was the only player in the Big 12 last season (with more than four attempts) to go perfect from the free throw line (23-for-23).


• Playing primarily against a zone defense, Oklahoma shot .321 from 3-point range (9-for-28) and .649 from inside the arc (24-for-37).  It was 7-for-18 from long distance in the first half but attempted only 10 (made two) in the second.
• Putting into perspective Blake Griffin's 10-for-10 field goal performance, the OU individual single-game record for field goal makes without a miss is 11 (Alvan Adams vs. San Diego State, Jan. 5, 1974). 
• UCLA transfer Ryan Wright logged six points, seven boards, two blocks and two steals in 19 minutes in his first action in an OU uniform.  The junior forward made four three throws on a game-high eight attempts. 
• Sophomore forward Kyle Cannon, a junior college transfer, did not play due to a team rules violation.   

Cameron University, located in Lawton, Okla., competes in NCAA Division II for men's basketball as a member of the Lone Star Conference.  The Aggies are coming off a 6-21 season in which they tied for fifth in the Lone Star's North Division with a 4-8 record.  They are under the direction of first-year head coach Wade Alexander, a 2001 East Central University graduate. 

Losing just two letterwinners from last season's roster, Cameron returns seven players from 2007-08, including leading scorer Greg Morgan.  Morgan is a 5-10 junior guard who averaged 15.4 points, 5.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.3 steals per contest.  He shot .405 from the field and got to the free throw line for a team-high 125 attempts (shot .720).  Senior guard Dave Smith, the team's third-leading scorer last season who also stands 5-10, returns after averaging 10.9 points, 3.4 boards and 3.4.  Smith was one of the squad's better 3-point shooters a year ago, going 51-for-142 (.359).

Other Cameron returnees are senior guard Roosevelt Lovett (7.0 ppg, .345 3-point field goal percentage), junior forward Kallan Glasgow (6.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg, .553 field goal percentage), senior guard Chad Allan (5.7 ppg, 2.6 rpg) and senior forward Terrance Welch (3.9 ppg).  Freshman guard Emmett Blount is also back after redshirting last season.

The Aggies averaged 77.4 points last year and shot .437 from the field, .364 from 3-point range and .624 from the free throw line.

Oklahoma met one previous time, in an exhibition game on Nov. 10, 2004.  The Sooners won 91-56 in Norman behind 19 points from Kevin Bookout and 18 from Drew Lavender.

For the first time in the 13-year history of the Big 12 Conference, the Sooners have been picked to win the league in a vote of head coaches.  OU received three first-place votes and a total of 109 points in the conference's annual preseason poll to edge second-place Texas.  The Longhorns captured four first-place votes and 107 total points.  Baylor and Kansas tied for third place with 103 points.  The complete poll can be found on page 4 of these game notes.

Sophomore Blake Griffin, became the first Sooner in 13 years to be named an AP preseason first-team All-American on Monday.  The last OU player to receive the honor was forward Ryan Minor prior to the 1995-96 season.  Griffin was joined on the five-man team by North Carolina forward Tyler Hansbrough (reigning national player of the year), Davidson guard Stephen Curry, Notre Dame forward Luke Harangody and UCLA guard Darren Collison.  Griffin and Curry could meet in a second-round NIT Season Tip-Off contest Nov. 18 in Norman.

Blake Griffin and Willie Warren were unanimous selections as Big 12 Preseason Player and Freshman of the Year, respectively, the conference office announced Oct. 14.  The players were selected by the league's head coaches, who were not permitted to vote for members of their own teams.  Griffin is OU's third Big 12 Preseason Player of the Year (Hollis Price in 2002-03 and Taj Gray in 2005-06 were the others), while Warren is the second OU player to be named Big 12 Preseason Freshman of the Year (Drew Lavender was recognized prior to the 2003-04 season).

Head coach Jeff Capel has signed McDonald's All-Americans in back-to-back years in sophomore forward Blake Griffin and freshman guard Willie Warren.  This season marks the first in history that multiple McDonald's All-Americans appear on an Oklahoma roster.  Last March, Warren became the seventh OU signee to play in the McDonald's All-American Game.  Others were Wayman Tisdale (1982), Jeff Webster (1989), Ryan Humphrey (1997), Drew Lavender (2003), Scottie Reynolds (2006) and Griffin (2007).

OU Fast Fact 
Oklahoma has recorded 27 consecutive winning seasons, second nationally to Syracuse (38).  Big 12 programs Kansas (25) and Oklahoma State (20) also boast lengthy streaks.

In a September team vote, senior Taylor Griffin, junior Tony Crocker and sophomore Blake Griffin were named captains for the 2008-09 season.  This marks the first year that any of the three have served as an OU team captain.

The Sooners have compiled an impressive 40-2 exhibition record over the last 20 years.  Last season, OU beat Rockhurst College, 93-58, and Fayetteville State, 91-50, in Norman.

Oklahoma starts the 2008-09 regular season with a home game against 2008 NCAA Tournament participant American on Friday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. CST.  American posted a 21-12 record last year and won the Patriot League with a 10-4 mark.  The Eagles, who lost 72-57 to No. 2 seed Tennessee in last year's Big Dance, return their top four scorers and five of their top six.

OU is the No. 2 seed in the 16-team 2008 Dick's Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off and will host the four-team South Regional Nov. 17-18.  The Sooners will play No. 16 seed Mississippi Valley State in first-round action Nov. 17 at 8 p.m. CST on ESPNU.  An NCAA Tournament team last year, Mississippi Valley State finished 17-16 and went 12-6 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference. 

If OU beats the Delta Devils, it will play the winner of the Nov. 17 game between No. 5 seed Davidson and No. 12 seed James Madison on Nov. 18 on ESPN2.  Davidson, which lost to eventual national champion Kansas by two points in last year's NCAA Elite Eight, posted a 29-7 overall record in 2007-08 and went 20-0 in Southern Conference play.  The Wildcats return preseason first-team All-American Stephen Curry.  James Madison finished with a 13-17 record last season.

If the Sooners win the South Regional, they'll advance to New York City for games during the week of Thanksgiving (Nov. 26 and Nov. 28) on ESPN2.  Those contests will be played at Madison Square Garden. 

Other NIT Season Tip-Off regional hosts are No. 1 seed Purdue, No. 3 seed Arizona and No. 4 seed Boston College.

After a 16-15 season in 2006-07 that saw Oklahoma's streak of 25 consecutive NCAA Tournament or NIT appearances come to an end, the 2007-08 Sooners rebounded with a 23-12 campaign and earned a No. 6 seed in the NCAA Tournament East Regional.  OU, which finished tied for fourth place in the Big 12 Conference with a 9-7 record and advanced to the semifinals of the league tourney, beat Saint Joseph's in the first round of the NCAA Tournament before losing to No. 3 seed Louisville.

Following is a list of notes and accomplishments from the 2007-08 season:

• Oklahoma posted its 27th consecutive winning season, good for the longest streak among Big 12 schools (Kansas ranks second with 25, Oklahoma State ranks third with 20 and Texas is fourth with 10).
• OU advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the 12th time in the last 14 years and for the 21st time in the last 26 seasons.  Only Arizona (24), Duke (24), Kansas (24), North Carolina (24), Indiana (23) and Kentucky (22) have participated in more NCAA Tournaments over the last 26 years.
• The team's NCAA Tournament win over Saint Joseph's was the first in the career of head coach Jeff Capel. 
• The Sooners' 23 wins gave the program at least 20 victories for the 10th time in the last 11 campaigns.  OU has averaged 24 wins over the last 11 years. 
• After starting 3-5 in Big 12 Conference play, Oklahoma won six of its final eight league games and finished in a tie for fourth place at 9-7.  OU won the tie-breaker with Baylor (regular season sweep) and earned a first-round bye in the Big 12 Championship.  It marked the ninth bye for OU in the 12-year history of the event.
• Oklahoma set an NCAA Division I record (since the advent of the shot clock in 1986) on March 1 against Texas A&M for length of time holding an opponent scoreless (16:12).  The Aggies' final point of the first half came with 12:51 remaining and they didn't score for the first 3:21 of the second half.
• All three of the Sooners' wins against ranked teams came away from Lloyd Noble Center.  OU beat No. 18 Gonzaga (72-68 on Dec. 20 in Oklahoma City) and posted victories at No. 23 West Virginia (88-82 in double overtime on Dec. 29) and at Baylor (77-71 on Jan. 26).  Prior to this season, the last time OU won a true road game over a ranked opponent was in the 2000-01 season.

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