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Oklahoma vs. Kansas
Jan. 8, 2014
• Oklahoma dropped its Big 12 home opener to No. 18/20 Kansas on Wednesday night, 90-83. The Jayhawks won their 23rd straight conference-opening game (last such loss was Jan. 8, 1991, at OU).
• Kansas shot 54.7 percent from the field, the highest mark allowed by Oklahoma this season. KU also shot 50 percent from the field (8-for-16) and 80.0 percent from the free throw line (24-for-30) after entering the day owning respective 32.8 and 68.0 season marks.
• The Sooners trailed most of the first half before taking a 43-39 lead with 3:04 remaining. Kansas went on an 11-1 run to finish the half (led 50-44) and never trailed afterward. KU led by as many as 12 midway through the second half before OU cut the margin to four on several occasions.
• OU had outrebounded its previous six foes by an average of 9.7 a game. KU outboarded the Sooners by 14 tonight (36-22).
• Oklahoma’s nine turnovers were its fewest in five games and third fewest on the year. OU outscored Kansas 20-12 off turnovers (KU committed 14).
• OU was 5-for-9 from 3-point range in the first half (.556) but just 1-for-10 in the second half (.100).
• Senior forward Cameron Clark matched a career high with 32 points on 10-for-18 field goal shooting (10-for-14 from 2-point range) and 12-for-16 free throw shooting. The 12 free throw makes and attempts were career highs. Clark is now averaging 18.7 points per game on the year. He has already scored 73 more points this year (15 games) than he did all of last season (32 games). Clark moved into 34th place on OU’s all-time scoring list tonight (1,048 points).
• After scoring 22 points Saturday at Texas, sophomore guard Buddy Hield contributed 18 tonight along with a team-high eight rebounds. Hield was 3-for-8 from 3-point range, upping his team-high season total to 30 makes (2.0 per game).
• With 11 points, Tyler Neal registered his second straight double-figures game off the bench (season-high 13 at Texas on Saturday). Neal was 4-for-5 from the field and 2-for-2 from 3-point range, upping his season percentages to .531 and .483 (last year he shot .214 and .261.
• Freshman Jordan Woodard entered the game leading the Big 12 in free throw makes and attempts and got to the line for 10 more attempts tonight (made all 10). They were his only points of the game.
• Sophomore forward Ryan Spangler was held to four points (second fewest this season) and a season-low three rebounds. He only played 23 minutes due to foul trouble, but still handed out a career-high four assists.
• The Sooners are back in action Saturday when they host No. 9/7 Iowa State (14-0) at 11 a.m.