No. 25 OU at Texas Tech Saturday

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
JANUARY 24, 2014
No. 25 Oklahoma (15-4, 4-2) at Texas Tech (10-9, 2-4)
 Date & Tip Time Saturday, Jan. 25 at 3:01 p.m. CT
 Location Lubbock, Texas | United Spirit Arena
 TV Big 12 Network
KOCB Ch. 34 in Oklahoma City
KMYT Ch. 41 in Tulsa
 Radio Sooner Radio Network 
KRXO 107.7 FM in Oklahoma City
KTBZ 1430 AM in Tulsa
 Webcast WatchESPN
 Live Stats
 Game Info Game Notes (PDF)

In a three-way tie for second place in the Big 12, No. 25/25 Oklahoma (15-4, 4-2) travels to Lubbock, Texas, to take on Texas Tech (10-9, 2-4) on Saturday at 3 p.m. CT at United Spirit Arena.  The Sooners, who have won three of their last four games (two of those wins came against top-12 opponents), are coming off a 77-69 home triumph over TCU on Wednesday.  The Red Raiders are 8-3 at home this season and are coming off an 87-81 loss at West Virginia on Wednesday. 

Saturday’s contest will air on the Sooner Radio Network (KRXO 107.7 FM "The Franchise" in Oklahoma City; KTBZ 1430 AM in Tulsa) with Toby Rowland and Mike Houck calling the action.  The game will be televised by the Big 12 Network (KOCB Channel 34 in OKC; KMYT Channel 41 in Tulsa; WatchESPN) with Brad Sham and Stephen Howard announcing.

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• Oklahoma owns a 33-20 all-time record against Texas Tech and is 11-13 in the series in Lubbock.  OU swept the season series last year, winning 81-63 at home and 86-71 on the road (the victory in Lubbock snapped a three-game losing streak there). 

• The Sooners are ranked No. 25 in this week’s AP and USA Today Coaches Top 25 Polls, No. 17 in ESPN’s RPI (No. 11 strength of schedule) and No. 17 in CBS Sports’ RPI (No. 9 SOS).  OU made its season debut in the AP top 25 last week, its first appearance in either major poll since Nov. 23, 2009.

• OU is 6-2 away from Lloyd Noble Center and 2-1 in true road contests.  All three of its true road games have been in Big 12 play and each has gone down to the wire.  The Sooners won 88-85 at Texas in their Big 12 opener and edged then-No. 12 Baylor 66-64 last Saturday.  In between, they lost 72-66 at Kansas State after leading by six with 5:20 to play.  OU’s three Big 12 home games have each been single-digit outcomes as well (lost to Kansas by seven, beat Iowa State by five and beat TCU by eight).

• Sophomore forward Ryan Spangler has performed at a first-team All-Big 12 level the past four games, averaging 14.3 points and 13.5 rebounds while shooting .640 from the field against then-No. 9 Iowa State, at Kansas State, at then-No. 12 Baylor and versus TCU.  His 16 rebounds against TCU were a career high (he has at least 14 boards in three of the last four contests) and so were his 21 points against K-State.  Spangler leads the Big 12 with his 9.8 rebounds a game and with his eight double-doubles, and has shot at least 50 percent from the field in every game this season (his .653 field goal percentage leads all Big 12 players who average more than 4.0 makes per game).  He is shooting .844 (27-for-32) from the free throw line in Big 12 play after shooting .540 (27-for-50) in pre-conference action.

• Sophomore guard Buddy Hield has led OU in scoring in four of its six Big 12 games and has finished with at least 16 points in five league contests (ranks fourth in conference play with his 18.2 average).  He ranks second in the league with his 3.5 3-pointers per Big 12 contest and is shooting .404 from behind the arc in those games.  Hield has scored in double figures in 18 of 19 outings this season after doing it just seven times all of his freshman year.   

• Texas Tech enters Saturday’s game at 10-9 overall and in eighth place in the Big 12 at 2-4.  The Red Raiders have won two of their last three games (82-72 over then-No. 12 Baylor and 60-49 at TCU).  They are 8-3 at home with their losses coming to LSU (71-69), Iowa State (73-62) and West Virginia (89-86 in overtime).  In conference play, Tech ranks eighth in scoring (72.5 ppg), fourth in scoring defense (72.8 ppg), second in field goal percentage (.467), third in 3-point field goal percentage (.394) and second in free throw percentage (.769).

• On the season, senior forward Jaye Crockett leads the team with his 14.3 points and ranks second with his 6.4 boards a contest while shooting .562 from the field.  In Big 12 play he is averaging team highs of 15.8 points and 6.8 boards.  Junior forward Jordan Tolbert averages 11.9 points and a team-high 6.5 rebounds on the year while shooting a team-best .584 from the floor.  Junior guard Robert Turner is averaging 10.2 points and a team-high 2.9 steals an outing, while sophomore guard Dusty Hannahs contributes 8.9 points a game.  Hannahs is coming off a 7-for-7 performance from 3-point range at West Virginia on Wednesday (finished with 25 points, six assists and no turnovers in 33 minutes off the bench).  The 3-point effort set a Big 12 record for most makes without a miss. 

• Tubby Smith is in his first year as Texas Tech’s head coach.  Formerly the head coach at Tulsa, Georgia, Kentucky (1998 NCAA champion) and Minnesota, he owns a 521-235 (.689) career mark.

• Saturday’s game features the Big 12’s best free throw shooting teams.  In league play, Oklahoma paces all squads with its .793 percentage (Big 12 record for conference play is .798 by OU in 2002) while Texas Tech ranks second at .769.  The Sooners have shot better from the free throw line than their opponent in all six Big 12 games.

• After averaging 70.6 points per game last season, this year’s Sooners are averaging 84.3 points through 19 regular season games to rank 11th 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; see chart above right).

• 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 79 percent of the team’s points on the year.  The Sooners are the only Big 12 team with five players averaging double figures in points.

• OU leads the Big 12 with its 9.0 treys per game in league action.  It made 13 against both Texas and Iowa State (league highs).

• Despite standing just 6-8, sophomore forward Ryan Spangler has won the opening tip in 13 of 19 games this year (as well as the overtime tip against Louisiana Tech).

• Oklahoma players have recorded 13 double-digit rebounding totals through 19 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 10 such games this season.

• OU reached the 80-point mark seven times last season.  This year’s Sooners have already hit 80 points in 13 of 19 games.

• The Sooners have scored at least 40 points in 27 of 38 halves this season.  Last year, they scored 40 in a half 17 times all season.

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

• As a junior last year, Cameron Clark attempted one 3-point field goal (he made it).  This season, he is 23-for-52 (.442) from deep.  Clark’s scoring average is up by 10.2 points from last season (6.8 ppg to 17.0).  The last Sooner to increase his scoring average by double digits from one year to the next was Ryan Minor (4.7 ppg as a freshman in 1992-93 to 16.2 as a sophomore in 1993-94).

• Clark joined OU’s 1,000-point club Dec. 30 against Louisiana Tech and ranks 32nd on the all-time scoring list with 1,091 points.

• Freshman Jordan Woodard leads the Big 12 in free throw makes (104) and attempts (134) despite averaging just 3.3 attempts the last four games.  Named the Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of the Week on Dec. 17, Woodard has attempted 10 or more free throws six times this season.  Interestingly, 72 percent of his free throw attempts have come after halftime.  Woodard is averaging 11.3 points and 4.7 assists (leads all Big 12 freshmen and sophomores) while ranking eighth in the league with his .776 free throw mark.

• 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 10 of the last 16 contests.

• Four Sooners have each already scored significantly more points through 19 games this year than they did all of last season (32 games).  Clark has tallied 323 points this year (207 last year; 56% increase), Buddy Hield has netted 315 (211 last year; 49% increase), Cousins has registered 201 (85 last season; 136% increase) and senior forward Tyler Neal has scored 106 points (30 last year; 253% increase).  Cousins shot .279 from the field and .250 (10 makes) from 3-point distance a year ago but is shooting .463 and .426 (20 makes) this season.  Similarly, Neal shot .214 and .261 as a junior but sports respective .487 and .441 figures this year.

OU hosts No. 11/12 Oklahoma State on Monday at 8 p.m. CT.  The game will be televised by ESPN.



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