Top-25 Bedlam Battle Set for Monday at 8

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
JANUARY 26, 2014
 No. 25/25 Oklahoma (16-4, 5-2) vs. No. 11/12 Oklahoma State  (16-3, 4-2)
 Date & Tip Time  Monday, Jan. 27 at 8:05 p.m. CT
 Location  Norman, Okla. | Lloyd Noble Center | Seating Views
 Tickets  Restricted admission tickets: $15
 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)

In what should be first Bedlam meeting between AP-ranked teams since 2005 (new rankings will be released Monday), No. 25/25 Oklahoma (16-4, 5-2) hosts No. 11/12 Oklahoma State on Monday at 8 p.m. CT inside Lloyd Noble Center.  The Sooners, who are looking for their third win over a top-12 team in six games, are tied for second place in the Big 12, a half game in front of OSU.  They won 74-65 at Texas Tech on Saturday.  The Cowboys, like OU, have won four of their last five, including Saturday’s 81-75 decision over West Virginia at home. 

Monday’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 ESPN with Brent Musburger, Fran Fraschilla and Holly Rowe announcing.

• Reserved seats are sold out, but $15 restricted admission tickets will go on sale at Lloyd Noble Center's north and east ticket windows Monday at 6:30 p.m.

• Restricted admission tickets allow access into the arena, but do not guarantee a seat.  After tipoff, restricted admission ticket holders may take any open seats that remain in the upper level. Patrons with reserved tickets have first priority to the seat location on their tickets.    

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• Oklahoma has won 11 of the last 17 overall meetings with Oklahoma State and holds a 129-95 all-time series advantage.  The Sooners have taken nine straight Bedlam matchups in Norman and 12 of the last 13.  The teams split last season (OU won 77-68 at home and lost 84-79 in overtime on the road). 

• Monday’s game will feature four of the Big 12’s top seven scorers.  OU’s Cameron Clark (17.0) and Buddy Hield rank fifth and sixth, while OSU’s Marcus Smart (17.1) and Markel Brown (16.5) rank fourth and seventh.  A combined nine players average double figures in points (five Sooners and four Cowboys).

• Oklahoma is shooting a stellar .421 from 3-point range in its 11 home games this season.  The starting trio of Isaiah Cousins (.500; 12-for-24), Clark (.486; 18-for-37) and Hield (.429; 30-for-70) is shooting a combined .458 from behind the arc at Lloyd Noble Center.  Opponents are shooting .344 in the building from long distance.

• Sophomore forward Ryan Spangler has performed at an All-Big 12 level the past five games, averaging 12.8 points and 12.8 rebounds while shooting .581 from the field.  His 16 rebounds against TCU last Wednesday were a career high (he has at least 14 boards in three of the last five contests) and so were his 21 points against K-State on Jan. 14.  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 all but one game (his .638 field goal percentage leads all Big 12 players who average more than 4.0 makes per game).  He is shooting .833 (30-for-36) 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 five of its seven Big 12 games and has finished with at least 16 points in six league contests (ranks third in conference play with his 18.1 average).  He leads the league with his 3.6 3-pointers per Big 12 contest and is shooting .424 from behind the arc in those games.  Hield has scored in double figures in 19 of 20 outings this season after doing it just seven times all of his freshman year.   

• No. 11/12 Oklahoma State enters Monday’s game at 16-3 overall and 4-2 in Big 12 play (fourth place).  The Cowboys are 10-0 at home and 2-2 in true road games, losing by a combined five points at Kansas State (three) and Kansas (two).  Their other loss came at the hands of Memphis by five points in Orlando, Fla.  In Big 12 play, OSU ranks second in the league in both scoring offense (78.7 ppg) and scoring defense (70.8 ppg), and ranks sixth in field goal percentage (.435), sixth in 3-point field goal percentage (.353) and fifth in free throw percentage (.713).  Its +3.7 turnover margin per game leads the conference.

• On the season, 2013 Big 12 Player of the Year Marcus Smart ranks fourth in the league in scoring (17.1 ppg), seventh in assists (4.4 apg) and first in steals (2.5 spg).  He is shooting .438 from the field, .309 from long range and .733 from the foul line.  He is coming off a season-low four-point game against West Virginia after averaging 20.5 the previous four outings.  Fellow preseason All-Big 12 pick Markel Brown ranks seventh in the league with his 16.5 points a contest to go along with 5.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists.  The senior guard had 15 points and 10 boards Saturday.  Senior forward Le’Bryan Nash, who scored a career-high 29 points Saturday, averages 14.1 points and a team-high 6.1 rebounds while shooting .536 from the field.  Sophomore Phil Forte averages 12.6 points and leads the league by shooting .470 from long range.

• The Cowboys are under the direction of sixth-year head coach Travis Ford (120-66 record).

• The Sooners are ranked No. 25 in the AP and USA Today Coaches Polls, and No. 19 in ESPN’s and CBS Sports’ RPI (No. 18 strength of schedule in each).  OU made its season debut in the AP top 25 Jan. 13, its first appearance in either major poll since Nov. 23, 2009.

• Oklahoma’s 7-2 record away from home is the best in the Big 12 (3-1 in true road games, 4-1 at neutral sites).

• In Big 12 play, Oklahoma paces all squads with its .790 free throw percentage.  The Big 12 single-season record for conference play is .798 by OU in 2002.  The Sooners have shot better from the free throw line than their opponent in all seven Big 12 games.

• After averaging 70.6 points per game last season, this year’s Sooners are averaging 83.8 points to rank 10th 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 and one of just three ranked teams (Florida and Louisville are the others) with five players averaging double figures in points.

• 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.

• OU leads the Big 12 with its 8.7 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 20 games this year.

• Oklahoma players have recorded 14 double-digit rebounding totals through 20 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 11 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 20 games.

• 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 29th on the all-time scoring list with 1,108 points.

• Freshman Jordan Woodard leads the Big 12 in free throw makes (106) and ranks second in attempts (137) despite averaging just 3.2 attempts the last five games.  Named the Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of the Week on Dec. 17, Woodard has attempted 10 or more free throws six times.  Interestingly, 72 percent of his free throw attempts have come after halftime.  Woodard is averaging 11.0 points and 4.7 assists (leads all Big 12 freshmen and sophomores) while ranking ninth in the league with his .774 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 17 contests.

• Four Sooners have each already scored significantly more points through 20 games this year than they did all of last season in 32 games.  Clark has tallied 340 points this year (207 last year; 64% increase), Buddy Hield has netted 333 (211 last year; 58% increase), Cousins has registered 208 (85 last season; 145% increase) and senior forward Tyler Neal has scored 112 points (30 last year; 273% increase).  Cousins shot .279 from the field and .250 (10 makes) from 3-point distance a year ago but is shooting .458 and .408 (20 makes) this season.  Similarly, Neal shot .214 and .261 as a junior but sports respective .488 and .429 figures this year.

OU hits the road to take on No. 16/17 Iowa State on Saturday at 3 p.m. CT.  The game will be televised by the Big 12 Network.



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