TUESDAY'S GAME BASICS
After a weekend away from conference play for the Big 12/SEC Challenge, the Sooners (15-5, 5-3 Big 12) continue their chase for a Big 12 title on Tuesday when they host Baylor (12-9, 2-6 Big 12) at Lloyd Noble Center. In a crowded conference race that features five teams within one game of first place, the Sooners hope to continue their strong success at the LNC and push their home winning streak to 14 games.
ON THE AIR
Tuesday’s matchup will tip at 8 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 ESPN2 with Jon Scimbi, Tom Crean and Kris Budden calling the action.
Tickets start at just $10 and are available at the OU Athletics Ticket Office (800-456-4668) and online at SoonerSports.com/tickets. The Lloyd Noble Center box office opens at 6:30 p.m.
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 (deadline has past), similar to home football games.
IN THE BONUS
Fans will be treated to a special routine from K9’s in Flight at halftime.
The Sooner Jr. Kids Zone on the south side of the concourse will be giving away free OU fidget spinners. The Kids Zone also offers a poster making station, balloon artist, face painter and free school folders - plus a visit from Miss Oklahoma.
OU students in attendance can enter to win the student raffle item - an iPad. Students can also enter for a chance to shoot a half-court shot with an opportunity to win $5,000.
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 (29.6) and assists (9.6). With 592 points to his name this season, Young is eight points shy of becoming just the third freshman (and second true freshman) in OU history to score 600 points in his first year. Wayman Tisdale (810) and Jeff Webster (640) are the only Sooners to score more than Young in a freshman season (Webster was a redshirt freshman).
• The Sooners enter Tuesday’s matchup riding a 13-game home winning streak. The Sooners have not lost at home since Feb. 8, 2017. The streak is the longest for the Sooners since winning 19 home contests in a row from Jan. 17, 2015 to Feb. 8, 2016. Oklahoma is 10-0 at the LNC this season and is averaging 97.5 points per home game, winning its contests by an average of 18.3 points. Oklahoma is shooting 52.5 percent from the field at Lloyd Noble Center and sinking 12.2 3-pointers per game at a .449-percent clip when on its home floor.
• The highest-scoring team in the nation, Oklahoma looks to continue its ball movement and distribution. When Young reaches a double-double, the Sooners are 9-0. Oklahoma is 11-0 this season when Young dishes out at least nine assists.
The Sooners are averaging almost 100 points when playing at home this season.
SERIES HISTORY VS. BAYLOR
• Oklahoma owns a 44-14 record over the Bears, including a 22-5 advantage in Norman. Baylor has won only three times in Norman since it joined the Big 12 in 1996, most recently last season. OU has won 41 of its last 51 games against the Bears, and has been victorious in 19 of its last 22 matchups with Baylor in Norman.
• Baylor swept the Sooners last season, marking its third regular-season sweep of the Sooners in the Big 12 era. Oklahoma has swept the Bears in Big 12 play 16 times. OU is 6-3 this season against teams it lost to in 2016-17.
PLAY FAST, SCORE BUCKETS
• Oklahoma boasts a 15-5 behind the highest-scoring offense in the nation. The Sooners average 90.3 points per game and have scored at least 90 points in 11 of their 20 games - including six games in triple digits. Oklahoma, who ranked 331 (of 351 teams) in assists per game last season (10.6), is 29th in the country with 17.0 assists per contest this year. The Sooners also rank 14th in made 3-point field goals per game with 10.8 treys.
• The Sooners aren’t just scoring in bunches - they’re playing fast. Oklahoma is sixth in the nation and first among major conferences in KenPom.com’s adjusted tempo rankings (possesions per 40 minutes adjusted to the opponenet) with 75.7. Oklahoma’s average possession is 13.9 seconds long, the fastest among major conferences and fourth-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 18 of its 40 halves this season and has scored at least 40 points before halftime in all but four contests.
• The Sooners have scored at least 100 points in six games – their most in a season since the 1992-93 season, when Oklahoma reached the century mark in nine games. Oklahoma’s six triple-digit games are the second-most in a season by an Big 12 team since the conference was formed in 1996. The 2001-02 Kansas squad (12 games) is the only team with more.
• OU 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.
UP NEXT: TEXAS
• Up next, the Sooners travel to Austin for a hardwood edition of the Red River Showdown. Oklahoma and Texas face off at 5:15 p.m. CT on Saturday on ESPN.
• Oklahoma leads the all-time series, 54-37, with UT holding a narrow lead (21-18) for games played in Austin. OU has won two of the last four meetings inside “The Drum.”
• Austin will be the site of this week’s edition of College Gameday on ESPN. This will be the fourth time the Sooners have been featured in a College Gameday site (second time for a road game) and OU’s first appearance on the show since hosting Kansas in 2016. It will be the third time Gameday has aired from the site of an OU-Texas basketball game.