Sooners in Ames to Face ISU Saturday
SATURDAY'S GAME BASICS
No. 17/18 Oklahoma (16-7, 6-5 Big 12) continues its grueling conference schedule when it travels to Ames for a Saturday showdown with the Cyclones. Despite sitting at the bottom of the Big 12 standings, Iowa State (12-11, 3-8 Big 12) has pulled off some big wins this season inside of Hilton Coliseum – a building the Sooners have not won in since 2011 and are 0-6 at under Lon Kruger. The Cyclones have defeated both first-place Texas Tech and third-place West Virginia at Hilton in their last two Big 12 home games. The Sooners will look to overcome their road struggles and get back on track, having four days between Monday’s loss to West Virginia and Saturday’s game in Ames.
ON THE AIR
Saturday’s matchup will tip at 1 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 ESPN with Doug Sherman and Robbie Hummel calling the action.
• Freshman guard Trae Young leads the country in both scoring (29.9) and assists (9.3). Young, who scored 32 points earlier this week against West Virginia, has totaled 687 points in 23 games. Should he score at least 13 points against the Cylcones, Young will be the 20th player in Big 12 history to reach 700 points in a single season - and just the third to do so as a freshman. Kevin Durant (903) and Michael Beasley (866) are the only Big 12 freshmen to score 700 in their rookie campaigns. Young would be the 12th Sooners to score 700 points in a single season, and just the second freshman (Wayman Tisdale scored 810 in 1982-83).
• Senior forward Khadeem Lattin is four blocks shy of tying Al Beal for the most blocked shots in a career at Oklahoma. Through 121 career games, Lattin has swatted 226 shots - the third most in program history and eighth most in Big 12 history. Only Beal (230) and Stacey King (228) have blocked more shots in a Sooners uniform. OU’s only senior, Lattin’s 2.3 blocks per game this seasn rank third in the Big 12.
• The Sooners average a conference-best 39.9 rebounds per game despite only having one player average over six boards (Lattin with 6.8). Oklahoma’s collective efforts on the glass feature five players pulling down four or more rebounds per game.
Senior Khadeem Lattin is four blocks shy of tying Wayman's Tisdale's record for career blocked shots at Oklahoma.
SERIES HISTORY VS. IOWA STATE
• OU leads the overall series, 115-87, with the Cyclones owning a 51-37 edge in Ames. Oklahoma is 5-10 against Iowa State under Kruger.
• Oklahoma will look for its first win in Hilton Coliseum during the Lon Kruger era. The Sooners last won in Ames in 2011 and have lost six straight in the building since.
• Sophomore forward Kristian Doolittle averaged a double-double against the Cylones last year, producing 11.0 points and 12.0 boards in two games versus Iowa State.
PLAY FAST, SCORE BUCKETS
• Oklahoma boasts a 16-7 record behind the highest-scoring offense in the nation. The Sooners average 89.2 points per game and have scored at least 90 points in 12 of their 23 games - including six games in triple digits. Oklahoma, who ranked 331 (of 351 teams) in assists per game last season (10.6), is 41st in the country (third in the Big 12) with 16.3 assists per contest this year. The Sooners also rank 19th in made 3-point field goals per game with 10.3 treys.
• The Sooners aren’t just scoring in bunches - they’re playing fast. Oklahoma is fourth 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 14.0 seconds long, the fastest among major conferences and third-fastest overall.
• Oklahoma is 8-1 when shooting above 50 percent and 7-0 when it hands out at least 20 assists.
• Oklahoma has scored 45 or more points in 20 of its 46 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.
OH, TO BE YOUNG...
• Oklahoma’s offensive efforts have been led by the scoring and passing of freshman guard Trae Young. In 23 games, the Norman native has put together 11 double-doubles, 20 20-plus-point games, nine 30-plus-point games and four 40-plus-point games. Young is averaging 29.9 points, 9.3 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 1.8 steals while shooting .448 from the field and .393 from 3-point range. He leads the nation in scoring and averages over 10 points more than any other Big 12 player (Texas Tech’s Keenan Evans is second with 18.4). Young’s 9.3 assists also lead the country. No player in recorded NCAA history has finished a season leading the country in both scoring and assists.
• Just 23 games into his collegiate career, Young already owns the program record for total assists (215), 3-pointers (96) and made foul shots (181) in a freshman season. Young also ranks in the top 10 among all-time OU freshmen in numerous other categories for season totals. He is sitting in second in points (687), third in made shots (205) and fifth in steals (41).
• Young’s collegiate career only consists of 23 games, but he has reached 40 points on four occasions, most recently scoring 44 against Baylor on Jan. 30. Young produced a career-high 48 points against Oklahoma State on Jan. 20. Young’s 48 points are tied for the most ever by a Big 12 player (Iowa State’s Melvin Ejim also scored 48 in 2014) and is the second-highest-scoring game by a Division-I player this season. His 48 points are the fifth-most in Oklahoma program history and the second-most by an OU freshman. Young also scored 43 points on Nov. 26 against Oregon and again on Jan. 13 versus TCU. He is the 15th Sooner to score 40 points in a game, but just the second to do so as a freshman. Wayman Tisdale is the only Sooner freshman to score more in a game (51) in the 1982-83 season. Young is also the fourth player in program history to score 40 points in a game multiple times, joining Tisdale (five), Stacey King (two), and Jeff Webster (two).
UP NEXT: TEXAS TECH
• The Sooners have yet another road test on Tuesday when it faces a top-10 Texas Tech squad in Lubbock, Texas, at 6 p.m. CT on ESPN. Oklahoma owns a 39-23 lead in the all-time series and has won eight of the last 11 meetings. The Raiders boast a narrow lead in the series (15-13) when the game is played in Lubbock. Tech has won its last two home meetings against the Sooners, with OU’s last win in Lubbock coing in 2015.
• The Sooners are 9-4 against Tech in the Lon Kruger era. Texas Tech head coach Chris Beard, in his second season in Lubbock, is 1-2 against the Sooners while coaching the Raiders.
• Oklahoma won the first meeting of the season, 75-65, in Norman. The Sooners shot 14-of-25 (.560) in the second half to outscore the Raiders, 46-34, after halftime in the win.
• Tuesday’s matchup is freshmaN guard Trae Young’s first collegiate game in the city he was born in. Young was born in Lubbock and his father, 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.