Sooners Host Kansas Wednesday Night

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
JANUARY 07, 2014

 Oklahoma (12-2, 1-0) vs. No. 18/20 Kansas (9-4, 0-0)
 Date & Tip Time  Wednesday, Jan. 8 at 6:02 p.m. CT
 Location  Norman, Okla. | Lloyd Noble Center | Seating Views
 Tickets  $15, $25, $30 and $40 for general public
 $10 for OU students
 OU Athletics Ticket Office
 Radio  Sooner Radio Network 
 KRXO 107.7 FM in Oklahoma City
 KTBZ 1430 AM in Tulsa
 Sirius 91; XM 91
 Webcast  WatchESPN
 Live Stats
 Game Info  Game Notes (PDF)

Oklahoma (12-2, 1-0) plays its first Big 12 home game when it hosts No. 18/20 Kansas (9-4, 0-0) on Wednesday at 6 p.m. CT inside Lloyd Noble Center.  The Sooners, who rank fourth nationally with their 87.3 points per game and have won eight of their last nine contests, are coming off an 88-85 win at Texas on Saturday.  The Jayhawks, who have won or shared nine straight Big 12 regular season titles, started 5-0 but are 4-4 since.  They lost 61-57 at home Sunday to San Diego State. 

Wednesday’s contest will air on the Sooner Radio Network (KRXO 107.7 FM “The Franchise” in Oklahoma City; KTBZ 1430 AM in Tulsa; Sirius 91; XM 91) with Toby Rowland and Mike Houck calling the action.  The game will be televised by ESPN2 with Dave Flemming and Jay Bilas announcing.

• Tickets are available for $25, $30 and $40 at the OU Athletics Ticket Office (800-456-4668) and online at  Lloyd Noble Center's north and east ticket windows will open Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.

• OU student tickets cost $10.  

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• Kansas is the only Big 12 program with a winning record against Oklahoma.  The Jayhawks own a 139-65 series lead and have won 10 of the last 11 meetings after OU had won four of six.  The teams split last season (box scores and summaries on page 22 of these notes), with No. 3 KU winning 67-54 in Lawrence and the Sooners returning the favor with a 72-66 win over the No. 5 Jayhawks in Norman.  OU’s victory snapped a 10-game series losing streak.

• OU opened eyes in August when it averaged 90.6 points a contest during its five-game exhibition tour of Belgium and France (it averaged 70.6 last season).  Since returning to the U.S., the Sooners have continued to put up points.  They are averaging 87.3 points through 13 regular season games to lead the Big 12 and rank fourth nationally.  The last time OU averaged more than 80.0 points per game for an entire season was in 1994-95 (81.7 ppg in Kelvin Sampson’s first year as head coach).

• Oklahoma boasts two of the Big 12’s top seven scorers in senior forward Cameron Clark (third at 17.7 ppg) and sophomore guard Buddy Hield (seventh at 16.3 ppg).  Clark has OU’s top three scoring performances (32 vs. then-No. 1 Michigan State, 31 vs. Tulsa and 26 vs. Louisiana Tech) and ranks 10th in the Big 12 in field goal percentage (.478), fourth in free throw percentage (.829) and 16th in rebounding (6.2 rpg).  He is shooting .474 from 3-point range (18-for-38), a figure that would rank third in the league if he had enough makes (he is three shy of qualifying in the category; must average 1.5 per game).  Hield, who has scored in double figures in 13 of 14 outings, has netted at least 17 points eight times.

• Four Sooners have each already scored more points through 14 games this year than they did all of last season (32 games).  Clark has tallied 248 points this year (207 last year), Hield has netted 228 (211 last year), sophomore Isaiah Cousins has registered 153 (85 last season) and senior forward Tyler Neal has netted 81 (30 last year).  Cousins shot .279 from the field and .250 from 3-point distance a year ago, but is shooting .464 and .455 this season.  Neal shot .214 and .261 as a junior, but sports .508 and .444 figures this year.

• Oklahoma is the only Big 12 team that has used the same starting lineup in every game this year.  Each OU starter is averaging double figures in scoring, and the quintet has accounted for 78 percent of the team’s points on the year.  The Sooners are also the only Big 12 team with five players averaging double figures in points.

• A Big 12 regular season champion/co-champ each of the last nine years, Kansas enters its league opener Wednesday with a 9-4 overall record.  The Jayhawks began the year with a 5-0 record and rose to No. 2 in the AP poll after a 94-83 win against Duke, but have gone 4-4 since.  They’re coming off a 61-57 loss to San Diego State on Sunday, just their ninth at home under 11th-year head coach Bill Self.  KU ranks seventh in the Big 12 in scoring offense (77.7 ppg), seventh in scoring defense (68.2), third in field goal percentage (.492), eighth in 3-point field goal percentage (.328), seventh in free throw percentage (.680) and third in rebounding margin (+6.3 per game).

• Four of Kansas’ top five scorers are freshmen and the other is a sophomore.  Freshman guard Andrew Wiggins leads the way with his 15.8 points a contest (ranks 10th in Big 12) while also averaging 5.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists.  The preseason all-conference pick is shooting .452 from the field and .311 from 3-point range (14-for-45).  Sophomore Perry Ellis is averaging 13.2 points on .570 shooting, as well as 6.5 boards a game.  Freshman center Joel Embiid contributes 10.8 points (shooting .662) and a team-high 7.3 rebounds.  Embiid, from Cameroon, is averaging 15.3 points and 9.0 boards over the last four outings.

• Self is in his 11th year as Kansas’ head coach and owns a 309-63 record there.  He is in his 21st year overall (516-168).

• Oklahoma’s seven-game winning streak that ended two games ago with an overtime defeat to Louisiana Tech was its longest in five seasons.  Louisiana Tech went 27-7 last year and is 12-3 this season.

• The Sooners have surpassed 100 points twice this year after reaching the century mark just once over the previous eight seasons.  The last time OU had two 100-point games in a season was during the 2004-05 campaign.  The last time the Sooners scored 100 points at least three times in a season was 2001-02.

• OU reached the 90-point mark once last season.  This year’s Sooners have already hit 90 points six times (five times in the last nine outings).  OU’s been held under 75 points just once this season (versus Texas A&M three games ago).  In that contest it held the Aggies to .269 field goal shooting (lowest mark by an opponent in six seasons) in a 64-52 win.

• OU has had at least five double-digit scorers in seven of 14 games this season after it accomplished the feat three times all of last year.

• In their first eight games, the Sooners were outrebounded by an average of 0.7 boards per contest.  In six games since, OU has outrebounded its foes by an average of 9.7 an outing. 

• OU has scored at least 40 points in 23 of 28 halves this season.  Last year, the Sooners scored 40 in a half 17 times all season.

• Despite standing just 6-8, sophomore forward Ryan Spangler has won the opening tip in 10 of 14 games this year (as well as the overtime tip against Louisiana Tech on Monday).

• Oklahoma players have recorded 10 double-digit rebounding totals through 14 games, compared to seven all of last year (in 32 games).  Romero Osby paced OU with three games of 10 or more boards last year.  Spangler already has seven such games this season.

• As a junior last year, Cameron Clark attempted one 3-point field goal (he made it).  This season, Clark is 18-for-38 (.474) from deep.

• Freshman Jordan Woodard has taken a big offensive leap the last month.  Woodard averaged 8.6 points and 4.8 assists in OU’s first five games while shooting .182 (2-for-11) from 3-point range.  In nine games since (eight wins), he is averaging 14.2 points and 4.8 assists while hitting eight of his 17 3-point shots (.471).  Named the Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of the Week on Dec. 17 by and the USBWA, Woodard leads the Big 12 in free throw makes (85) and attempts (111).  Interestingly, 77 percent of his free throw attempts have come after halftime.

• After averaging 2.7 points last season and never scoring more than 10 points in a game prior to Nov. 22 of this year, sophomore guard Isaiah Cousins has netted at least 10 points in eight of the last 11 contests.  He scored a career-high 19 against Seton Hall on Nov. 22 (7-for-8 field goal shooting) and followed with 15 against Michigan State the next night.  Cousins is coming off a 13-point, 6-rebound, 3-assist, 3-steal game in the win at Texas (tied a career high with three 3-pointers on four attempts).

OU is home again Saturday when it hosts No. 9/7 Iowa State at 11 a.m. CT (televised by ESPNU).



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