OU Hosts Texas Tech Wednesday at 7

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
FEBRUARY 11, 2014

 NR/25 Oklahoma (18-6, 7-4) vs. Texas Tech (12-11, 4-6)
 Date & Tip Time  Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 7:05 p.m. CT
 Location  Norman, Okla. | Lloyd Noble Center | Seating Views
 Tickets  $10, $20 and $30 for general public
 $10 for OU students
 OU Athletics Ticket Office
 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
 Sirius 119, XM 192
 Webcast  ESPN3
 Live Stats  SoonerSports.com
 Game Info  Game Notes (PDF)

Tied with Kansas State for third place in the Big 12, Oklahoma (18-6, 7-4) will try for a regular season sweep of Texas Tech (12-11, 4-6) on Wednesday at 7 p.m. CT inside Lloyd Noble Center.  The Sooners, who fell out of the AP Top 25 this week but are No. 25 in the USA Today Coaches Poll, beat the Red Raiders 74-65 on Jan. 25 in Lubbock and are coming off an 88-72 home win over Baylor on Saturday.  Texas Tech has won its last two games, both at home (60-54 vs. TCU and 65-61 vs. No. 19/19 Oklahoma 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 119; XM 192) 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 Mitch Holthus and Stephen Howard announcing.

• Tickets are available for $10, $20 and $30 at the OU Athletics Ticket Office (800-456-4668) and online at SoonerSports.com.  Lloyd Noble Center's north and east ticket windows will open Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.

• OU student tickets cost $10.   

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• Oklahoma owns a 34-20 all-time record against Texas Tech and is 20-6 in the series in games played in Norman.  The Sooners have won seven of the last eight meetings at Lloyd Noble Center (Tech won in 2010 by one point), the last three overall matchups and 10 of the last 14.  OU is 25-12 against the Red Raiders since the formation of the Big 12 Conference.

• In Oklahoma’s 74-65 win over Texas Tech in Lubbock on Jan. 18, the trio of Buddy Hield (18 points), Cameron Clark (17) and Jordan Woodard (15) accounted for 50 of OU’s points and shot a combined .625 from the field (20-for-32) and .700 from 3-point range (7-for-10).  The Sooners, who never trailed, committed a season-low seven turnovers and outscored Tech 14-3 off turnovers.

• Oklahoma is shooting a stellar .431 from 3-point range in its 13 home games this year.  OU’s top six scorers on the season are shooting a combined .462 (98-for-212) from behind the arc at Lloyd Noble Center.  Opponents are shooting .350 in the building from long distance.  On the year, OU is the only Big 12 team with six players who have made at least 20 3-pointers (Iowa State has five players who have made at least 20 treys and West Virginia has four; every other team has three or fewer players who have reached 20 makes).

• Sophomore forward Ryan Spangler has been one of the Big 12’s top newcomers.  At 10.6 points and a league-high 10.0 rebounds a contest on the season, Spangler is the only player in the Big 12 and one of just 16 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 he has shot at least 50 percent from the field in 20 of 24 games.  He is shooting .796 (39-for-49) from the free throw line in Big 12 play (ranks seventh in league) after shooting just .540 (27-for-50) in pre-conference action.  He has grabbed at least 14 rebounds in four of the last nine games. 

• Hield has led OU in scoring in six of its 11 Big 12 games (four of the last seven) and has finished with at least 15 points in nine league contests.  The sophomore guard ranks third in Big 12 play with his 18.4 scoring average and second with his 3.5 treys per Big 12 outing (shooting .442 from behind the arc in those games).  Over the last three contests, he is averaging 21.3 points on 13-for-24 (.541) 3-point shooting.  Hield has scored in double figures in 23 of 24 games this season after doing it just seven times all of last year.   

• Texas Tech enters Wednesday’s game at 12-11 overall and tied with Oklahoma State for seventh place in the Big 12 at 4-6 (has already surpassed last year’s Big 12 win total of three).  The Red Raiders have won their last two games and four of their last seven.  They are 1-6 on the year in true road games, with their lone victory coming at TCU on Jan. 18 (60-49).  In conference play, Tech ranks ninth in scoring (68.3 ppg), second in scoring defense (69.2 ppg), third in field goal percentage (.450), sixth in 3-point field goal percentage (.344), third in free throw percentage (.741) and third in rebounding margin (+2.4/game).

• On the season, senior forward Jaye Crockett leads the team with his 14.7 points and 6.5 rebounds a contest while shooting .552 from the field.  In Big 12 play he is averaging team highs of 16.0 points and 6.8 boards.  Junior forward Jordan Tolbert averages 11.0 points and 5.7 rebounds on the year while shooting a team-best .574 from the floor.  Junior guard Robert Turner is averaging 9.6 points and a team-high 2.7 assists an outing, while sophomore guard Dusty Hannahs contributes 9.0 points a game off the bench.  Hannahs is averaging a team-high 1.5 treys per game and ranks sixth in the Big 12 by shooting .398 from behind the arc. 

• 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 523-237 (.688) career mark.

• The Sooners are unranked in this week’s AP Top 25 Poll (are No. 26) after spending the last four weeks in the top 25.  They are No. 25 in this week’s USA Today Coaches Poll (fourth straight week ranked in that version).  OU made its season debut in the AP top 25 Jan. 13, its first appearance in either major poll since Nov. 23, 2009, and climbed to as high as No. 21 last week.

• Oklahoma is the only team in the country to start the same lineup every game this season AND have 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.

• In Big 12 play, Oklahoma paces all squads with its .779 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 10 of 11 Big 12 games.

• After averaging 70.6 points per game last season, this year’s Sooners are averaging 83.8 points to rank seventh 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).

• The Sooners have scored at least 40 points in 32 of 48 halves this season.  Last year, they scored 40 in a half 17 times all season.

• Oklahoma leads the Big 12 with its 8.7 3-pointers per game in league action (has made at least 13 treys three times in Big 12 play).

• Despite standing just 6-8, sophomore forward Ryan Spangler has won the opening tip in 15 of 24 games this year (also won tip in both of team’s overtime sessions).

• Spangler has recorded 13 double-digit rebounding games, compared to seven by last year’s entire roster.

• OU reached the 80-point mark seven times last season.  This year’s Sooners have already hit 80 points in 16 of 24 games.

• As a junior last year, Cameron Clark attempted one 3-point field goal (he made it).  This season, he is 25-for-57 (.439) from deep.

• Clark joined OU’s 1,000-point club Dec. 30 against Louisiana Tech and ranks 29th on the all-time scoring list with 1,147 points.

• Freshman Jordan Woodard ranks third in the Big 12 in free throw makes (128) and attempts (165).  Named the Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of the Week on Dec. 17, Woodard has attempted 10 or more free throws seven times.  Interestingly, 74 percent of his free throw attempts have come after halftime.  Woodard is averaging 11.7 points and 4.8 assists (leads all Big 12 freshmen and sophomores) while ranking fifth in the league in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.1) and seventh in free throw percentage (.776).  Over the last five games, he is averaging 15.0 points, 3.4 rebounds and 6.2 assists while shooting .512 from the field and .538 from 3 (7-for-11).

• 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 12 of the last 21 contests.  Cousins shot .279 from the field and .250 (10 makes) from 3-point distance a year ago but is shooting .442 and .381 (24 makes) this season. He is coming off a career-high 21-point game against Baylor in which he was 3-for-4 from 3-point range and also grabbed a game-high seven rebounds.

• Senior forward Tyler Neal registered no double-digit scoring games last season but has seven this year, including two in the last four games (then season-high 15 Jan. 27 against Oklahoma State and netted 16 last Wednesday at West Virginia).  He is shooting .459 from the field and .442 from 3-point range after shooting .214 and .261 last season.  In home games, he is 15-for-26 (.577) from 3-point range.

OU plays at Oklahoma State on Saturday at 1 p.m. CT.  The Bedlam game will be televised by ESPN2.



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