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Sooners Take Aim at Iowa State Saturday
January 31, 2014
No. 23/25 Oklahoma (17-4, 6-2) at No. 16/18 Iowa State (15-4, 3-4)
 Date & Tip Time Saturday, Feb. 1 at 3:01 p.m. CT
 Location Ames, Iowa | Hilton Coliseum
 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 ESPN3
 Live Stats Cyclones.com
 Game Info Game Notes (PDF)

QUICK PREVIEW
Riding a four-game winning streak and alone in second place in the Big 12, No. 23/25 Oklahoma (17-4, 6-2) travels to take on No. 16/18 Iowa State (15-4, 3-4)on Saturday at 3 p.m. CT inside Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa.  The Sooners, who have beaten three top-12 teams in their last six games, are coming off an 88-76 home win over No. 8/10 Oklahoma State on Monday.  The Cyclones, who have lost four of five, fell 92-81 at Kansas on Wednesday.

ON THE AIR
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 Ch. 34 in OKC; KMYT Ch. 41 in Tulsa) with Mark Neely and Rich Zvosec announcing.

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FIVE THINGS TO KNOW
• Oklahoma owns a 112-81 all-time record against Iowa State and is 14-9 since the formation of the Big 12.  OU is 37-47 in the series in Ames (4-6 since Big 12’s inception).  Last season’s 83-64 ISU win in Ames marked the Sooners’ largest margin of defeat in conference play, as OU’s starters each scored in single digits and combined for only 26 points (box score on page 25 of these notes).

• In this season’s previous meeting on Jan. 11 in Norman, unranked OU knocked No. 9/7 ISU from the unbeaten ranks (was 14-0) with an 87-82 win.  The Sooners, who led by as many as 13 in the second half, made a season-high-tying 13 3-pointers, posted a 41-34 rebounding advantage and outscored the Cyclones 22-2 in second-chance points.  OU’s 39-18 3-point scoring advantage came after it was outscored 87-36 from behind the arc in three meetings last year (two ISU wins).  With a career-high six treys, Buddy Hield matched Iowa State’s total himself.  He finished with a team-high 22 points (box score on page 21 of these notes).

• 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).  OU is 3-1 in Big 12 road games after going 3-6 last season and a combined 2-16 the previous two years.

• Sophomore forward Ryan Spangler has performed at a first-team All-Big 12 level the past six games, averaging 13.2 points and 13.5 rebounds while shooting .561 from the field and .821 from the free throw line.  He has five double-digit rebounding efforts in those six games (nine boards in the other), and has grabbed at least 14 rebounds in four of the six.  At 11.3 points and 10.1 rebounds a contest on the season, Spangler is the only player in the Big 12 and one of just 15 nationally to average a double-double (one of just three players in the Atlantic Coast, American, Big 12, Big East, Big Ten, Pac-12 and Southeastern Conferences combined).  His nine double-doubles lead the Big 12 and are three more than the next highest total (Baylor’s Cory Jefferson has six).  Spangler has shot at least 50 percent from the field in 20 of 21 games.  He is shooting .833 (35-for-42) from the free throw line in Big 12 play (ranks fifth in league) after shooting just .540 (27-for-50) in pre-conference action.

• Hield has led OU in scoring in five of its eight Big 12 games and has finished with at least 16 points in six league contests (ranks sixth in conference play with his 17.3 average).  The sophomore guard ranks second in the league with his 3.1 3-pointers per Big 12 contest and is shooting .403 from behind the arc in those games.  Hield has scored in double figures in 20 of 21 outings this season after doing it just seven times all of his freshman year.   

PREVIEWING IOWA STATE
• Picked fourth in the Big 12 preseason coaches poll, Iowa State (15-4, 3-4) was one of the last five undefeated teams in the country (14-0) but has lost four of five games since.  The No. 16/18 Cyclones rank sixth nationally in scoring offense (87.0 ppg) and rank second in the nation in assists (18.1 apg).  In Big 12 play, they rank third in scoring (78.6 ppg), last in scoring defense (78.7), third in field goal percentage (.451), eighth in 3-point field goal percentage (.322) and sixth in free throw percentage (.707).  They are coming off a 92-81 loss at first-place Kansas on Wednesday.  ISU is 9-1 at home this year, with its only loss coming to KU (77-70 on Jan. 13).

• Iowa State boasts three of the Big 12’s top 10 scorers, including senior forward Melvin Ejim, who paces the league with his 17.9 points an outing.  Ejim, who led the league with his 9.3 rebounds a game last season, is shooting .516 from the field and averages 7.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists.  Senior guard DeAndre Kane, a first-year Cyclone who transferred from Marshall, ranks fifth in the Big 12 in scoring (16.6), 11th in rebounding (6.8), second in assists (5.6) and second in steals (1.5).  He turned in a 23-point, 9-rebound, 4-assist game against OU three weeks ago.  Sophomore forward Georges Niang averages 15.8 points (ranks 10th in league) and 3.7 assists.  Junior forward Dustin Hogue averages 11.7 points and ranks second in the Big 12 with his 9.1 rebounds an outing.

• Fred Hoiberg is in his fourth year as a collegiate head coach and owns a 77-43 record.  He was a 1995 third-team All-American at Iowa State and is the school’s third-leading all-time scorer (1,993 points).  The Ames native played 10 years in the NBA.

SOONER TIP-INS
• The Sooners are ranked No. 23 and 25 in the AP and USA Today Coaches Polls.  They are No. 15 in ESPN’s RPI (No. 14 strength of schedule) and No. 16 in CBS Sports’.  OU made its season debut in the AP top 25 Jan. 13, its first appearance in either major poll since Nov. 23, 2009.

• Oklahoma is the only team in the country to start the same lineup every game this season while having all five of those players average double figures in scoring.  The quintet has accounted for 78 percent of the team’s points on the year.  No other Big 12 team has started the same lineup every game this season.

• OU’s .810 overall winning percentage (17-4 record) is the best in the Big 12.

• In Big 12 play, Oklahoma paces all squads with its .775 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 eight Big 12 games.

• After averaging 70.6 points per game last season, this year’s Sooners are averaging 84.0 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).

• In OU’s first four Big 12 games it gave up an average of 82.3 points.  In its last four games it has given up an average of 68.5.

• 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.

• Oklahoma leads the Big 12 with its 8.6 treys per game in league action.  It made a league-high 13 against both Texas and Iowa State.

• Despite standing just 6-8, sophomore forward Ryan Spangler has won the opening tip in 14 of 21 games this year.

• Spangler has recorded 12 double-digit rebounding games, compared to seven by last year’s entire roster.

• The Sooners have scored at least 40 points in 29 of 42 halves this season.  Last year, they scored 40 in a half 17 times all season.

• OU reached the 80-point mark seven times last season.  This year’s Sooners have already hit 80 points in 14 of 21 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 10.0 points from last season (6.5 ppg to 16.5).  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 1,115 points.

• Freshman Jordan Woodard leads the Big 12 in free throw makes (115) and attempts (150).  Named the Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of the Week on Dec. 17, Woodard has attempted 10 or more free throws seven times.  Interestingly, 73 percent of his free throw attempts have come after halftime.  Woodard is averaging 11.3 points and 4.5 assists (leads all Big 12 freshmen and sophomores) while ranking ninth in the league with his .767 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 scored in double figures in 10 of the last 18 contests.

UP NEXT
OU plays another road game when it travels to take West Virginia on Wednesday at 6 p.m. CT (televised by ESPNU).

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