Sooners Host Top-10 Matchup Tuesday
TUESDAY'S GAME BASICS
For the first time since 2016, two top-10 teams will square off inside Lloyd Noble Center when No. 9/9 Oklahoma (12-2, 2-1 Big 12) squares off against No. 8/8 Texas Tech (14-1, 3-0 Big 12). Oklahoma is 10-1 at the LNC during the Lon Kruger era when both the Sooners and their opponent are in the AP Top 25 (the lone loss was to No. 6 Kansas in 2016). Tuesday is Oklahoma’s fourth game of the season against a top-10 foe, going 2-1 in such games.
The Sooners look for their 11th straight home win, but they’ll need to get it against a Texas Tech team who knocked off Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse in its most recent road contest.
ON THE AIR
Tuesday’s 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 ESPNU and WatchESPN with Clay Matvick and Tim Welsh calling the action.
Tickets start at just $10 and are available at the OU Athletics Ticket Office (800-456-4668) and online here. The Lloyd Noble Center box office opens at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday for walk-up sales.
OU student tickets (for non-student season ticket holders) will also be available for $5 at the door, while supplies last (doors open to public 90 minutes before tipoff). OU students with season tickets will need to claim their tickets in advance via email (due by 5 p.m. Monday), similar to home football games.
IN THE BONUS
Fans will be treated to a special routine from the OU spirit squad at halftime.
The Sooner Jr. Kids Zone on the south side of the concourse will feature a poster making station, face painter, balloon artist and free school folders.
Fans are encouraged to #ArriveSooner to avoid delays into the gates with new enhanced screenings. Lloyd Noble Center is opening additional screening points in the lower east and west entrances to help expedite the screening process. The north lobby of the east entry and east lobby of the north entry will be open for ticket will call. Fans are encouraged to not bring bags to help expedite screening.
For more gameday tips at Lloyd Noble Center, visit the LNC's information page.
• Freshman guard Trae Young leads the country in both scoring (29.4) and assists (10.2). He leads the nation’s highest-scoring offense (94.4 points per game) coming into a home matchup with a Texas Tech squad that limits its opponents to 59.2 points per game - the fourth-best defensive average in the country. The Red Raiders have only allowed over 70 points in just three contests, while Oklahoma has scored over 80 points in 13 of its 14 games and is averaging 101.9 points at home.
• The Sooners aim to once again defend their home arena, entering Tuesday’s contest with 10 straight home wins. The Sooners have not lost at home since Feb. 8, 2017 - 335 days ago. The streak is the longest for the Sooners since winning 19 in a row from Jan. 17, 2015 to Feb. 8, 2016.
• Tuesday’s matchup is Young’s first game against Texas Tech, his father’s alma mater. Rayford Young spent four seasons with the Red Raiders (1996-2000), where he averaged 14.1 points, 3.8 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.6 steals. 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.
Trae Young's father, Rayford, played four seasons at Texas Tech. He and Trae are the first father-son pair to both play men's basketball in the Big 12.
OKLAHOMA'S LAST TIME OUT
• Oklahoma suffered its first lost since Thanksgiving on Saturday when it fell to No. 6/5 West Virginia, 89-76, in Morgantown, W. Va. The Mountaineers snapped a 10-game Sooner winning streak that dated back to Nov. 24. The streak was OU’s longest since starting the 2015-16 season 11-1. OU is now 2-1 in road games this season, with all three contests coming against teams in the top 10 of the AP Top 25 at the time of competition.
• Freshman guard Trae Young, who was held to nine points in the opening half, scored 20 points after halftime to finish with 29 points, five assists, four rebounds and three steals. The freshman continues to lead the nation in scoring (29.4) and assists (10.2)
• Junior center Jamuni McNeace totaled 12 points on the night off 6-of-7 shooting from the field, marking the fifth time this season he has scored in double figures. McNeace added a team-high eight rebounds against the Mountaineers.
• Junior guard Rashard Odomes and sophomore guard Kameron McGusty also turned in double-digit performances on Saturday night, recording 11 and 10 points, respectively.
• After being held to 36 points in the first half (tying a season-low for points in a half), the Sooners shot 12-of-24 (.500) in the second half, scoring 40 points. The high-efficiency shooting did not have enough volume, though, as West Virginia held off a mid-half run by the Sooners to clinch the Mountaineer win.
• The Mountaineers were led by freshman forward Teddy Allen with 20 points on 9-of-11 shooting. Senior guard Jevon Carter provided 17 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds.
SERIES HISTORY VS. TEXAS TECH
• Oklahoma owns a 38-23 lead in the all-time series and has won seven of the last 10 meetings. OU boasts a 23-7 advantage when playing the Red Raiders in Norman and has won six of the last seven contests with Tech at the LNC.
• The Sooners are 8-4 against Tech in the Lon Kruger era and hold a 5-1 lead in Norman under Kruger. Texas Tech head coach Chris Beard, in his second season in Lubbock, is 1-1 against the Sooners while coaching the Raiders.
• OU and Tech split last season’s series with the home team winning each matchup.
• Oklahoma has seen strong production from a pair of freshmen already known around the Norman area. Guard Trae Young (Norman) and forward Brady Manek (Harrah) are both local products with numerous high school accolades now in their first season as Sooners. The pair is combining to average 40.4 points per game – the most by any freshman duo in the country.
• In 14 games, Young has put together eight double-doubles, 13 20-plus-point games and five 30-plus-point games. Young is averaging 29.4 points, 10.2 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 1.8 steals while shooting .462 from the field and .388 from 3-point range. He leads the nation in scoring and averages over 10 points more than any other Big 12 player (Kansas’ Devonte’ Graham is second with 18.6). Young’s 10.2 assists also lead the country. No player in recorded NCAA history has finished a season leading the country in both scoring and assists.
• Young already ranks in the top 10 among all-time OU freshmen in numerous categories for season totals, sitting at eighth in points (411), third in assists (143), fourth in made 3-pointers (54) and fifth in made foul shots (117).
• From Dec. 16 to Jan.3, Young assembled a double-double in five straight games - the ninth-longest double-double streak in program history. Young scored at least 25 points in all five games of the streak and is the first college player in at least 20 years to record five straight games of 25 points and 10 assists. Young has recorded 25 points and 10 assists in six of his 14 games this season - the most in a college CAREER in the past 20 years for players in a major conference. The honor of most 25-point, 10-assist games for any D-I player in the past 20 years is held by J.J. Barea of Northeastern (2002-06) with seven in 113 career games.
• Manek has also found success in his rookie campaign, earning averages of 11.0 points and 5.6 rebounds while shooting .527 from the field and .426 from 3-point range.
PLAY FAST, SCORE BUCKETS
• Oklahoma is off to a 12-2 start behind the highest-scoring offense in the nation. The Sooners average 94.4 points per game and have scored at least 90 points in 10 of their 13 games - including five games in triple digits. Oklahoma, who ranked 331 (of 351 teams) in assists per game last season (10.6), is ninth in the country with 18.7 assists per contest this year. The Sooners also rank ninth in made 3-point field goals per game with 11.1 treys.
• The Sooners aren’t just scoring in bunches - they’re playing fast. Oklahoma is third in the nation and first among major conferences in KenPom.com’s adjusted tempo rankings (possesions per 40 minutes adjusted to the opponenet) with 78.1. Oklahoma’s average possession is 13.5 seconds long, the fastest among major conferences and third-fastest overall.
• Oklahoma is 7-0 when shooting above 50 percent and 7-0 when it hands out at least 20 assists.
• Oklahoma has scored 45 or more points in 17 of its 28 halves this season and has scored at least 40 points before halftime in all but two contests.
• The Sooners have scored at least 100 points in five games – their most in a season since the 1992-93 season, when Oklahoma reached the century mark in nine games.
• OU has scored over 80 points in its first 13 games, its longest streak of surpassing 80 points since doing so in 16 straight games in 1987-88. The 1988-89 “Billy Ball” squad scored 80 points in 20 straight games.
NO PLACE LIKE HOME
• Oklahoma has gone 68-14 (.829) at Lloyd Noble Center over the past six season. Overall, the Sooners are 80-19 (.808) at the LNC in the Kruger era.
• The Sooners have won 448 of their last 521 encounters at Lloyd Noble Center, good for a remarkable .860 winning percentage. Included in the stretch was a school-record 51-game winning streak (ended in 1990-91). The Sooners also recorded a Big 12 Conference-record 37-game home court winning streak (ended in 2003).
• OU is 13-10 at home against AP Top 25 opponents in the Kruger era and has won 12 of the last 18 such contests.
• Overall, the Sooners own a 543-100 (.845) record in the LNC since the building opened in 1975.
UP NEXT: TCU
• Oklahoma hosts its first home Saturday contest of the season when it faces No. 16 TCU at a sold-out Lloyd Noble Center on Saturday at noon. The Sooners and Horned Frogs meet for the second time in two weeks, with Oklahoma escaping Fort Worth with a comeback 90-89 victory on Dec. 30. The top-20 matchup will tip at noon CT on ESPNU.
• OU owns a 20-4 all-time record against the Horned Frogs and has won 12 of the last 15 meetings. OU leads the series 9-3 since the Frogs joined the Big 12 in 2012.
• TCU has never won in Norman, as the Sooners boast a perfect 10-0 record when hosting the Frogs.
• Facing TCU for the second time on Jan. 13, this is the earliest in the calendar year that the Sooners have faced an opponent for the second time since playing at West Virginia on Jan. 5, 2013 during the Mountaineers first season in the Big 12. The Sooners and Mountaineers met in the Old Spice Classic in November earlier that season, as WVU had agreed to play in the in-season tournament a year before while still members of the Big East.