Sooners Close Home Slate Friday
FRIDAY'S GAME BASICS
Oklahoma (17-12, 7-10 Big 12) will close out the regular season on Friday when it hosts Iowa State (13-16, 4-13 Big 12) inside Lloyd Noble Center. The Sooners will honor their lone senior, Khadeem Lattin, as they look for their eighth straight “Senior Night” win. Oklahoma has won its final home game of the season in 12 of the last 14 campaigns. The Sooners are 12-2 at home this season and a win would give them their fourth season with a home winning percantage above .850 in the past six years.
ON THE AIR
Friday’s matchup will tip at 8 p.m. CT and air on the Sooner Radio Network (KRXO 107.7 FM “The Franchise” in Oklahoma City; KTBZ 1430 AM in Tulsa) with Toby Rowland and Kevin Henry announcing. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN2 with Rich Hollenberg and Fran Fraschilla calling the action.
Reserved-seat tickets are sold out. General admission upper-level tickets are available for $15 on SoonerSports.com/tickets.
OU student tickets (for non-student season ticket holders) will also be available for $5 at the door, while supplies last (doors open to public 90 minutes before tipoff). OU students with season tickets will need to claim their tickets in advance (by 5 p.m. Thursday), similar to home football games.
IN THE BONUS
The Sooner Jr. Kids Zone on the south side of the concourse will feature a poster making station, face painter, balloon artist and free school folders.
Fans are encouraged to #ArriveSooner to avoid delays into the gates with new enhanced screenings. Lloyd Noble Center is opening additional screening points in the lower east and west entrances to help expedite the screening process. The north lobby of the east entry and east lobby of the north entry will be open for ticket will call. Fans are encouraged to not bring bags to help expedite screening.
For more gameday tips at Lloyd Noble Center, visit the LNC's information page.
• Friday is senior night at Lloyd Noble Center as the Sooners honor their lone senior, Khadeem Lattin. Lattin’s career accolades include two trips to the Sweet 16 and a starting spot on the 2016 Final Four squad. Lattin is tied with Al Beal for the most career blocks in program history with 230 rejections in the Crimson & Cream. Lattin has played in 131 games as a Sooner, averaging 5.6 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.8 blocks and 0.9 steals over his four seasons.
• Freshman guard Trae Young was named a Naismith Trophy semifinalist on Wednesday. On Tuesday, Young became the first player in Big 12 history to surpass 800 points in the regular season. He is just the second player from a major conference to reach 800 points during the regular season in the past 20 years, joining JJ Redick of Duke (833 in 2005-06).
• The freshman is putting up his scoring numbers while passing out a nation-leading 261 assists. He is the first major-conference player to total 800 points and 250 assists in the same season since the NCAA began tracking assists as an official statistic in 1983. Key Felder of Oakland (2015-16) is the only other Division I player with an 800-point, 250-assist season in that span. Young’s 261 dimes rank fifth most by a freshman in NCAA history - 27 shy of the NCAA record (288) set by Duke’s Bobby Hurley in 1989-90.
Friday's game will honor OU's lone senior, Khadeem Lattin.
SERIES HISTORY VS. IOWA STATE
• OU leads the overall series against ISU, 115-87, and boasts a 64-23 advantage when playing in Norman. Oklahoma has won four of the last five matchups with the Cyclones in Norman.
• The Cyclones own a three-game winning streak against the Sooners, with two of the victories coming in Ames and the third needing double overtime to defeat the Sooners in Norman last season.
PLAY FAST, SCORE BUCKETS
• Oklahoma owns a 17-12 record behind the fourth-highest-scoring offense in the nation. The Sooners average 86.2 points per game and have scored at least 90 points in 12 contests - including six games in triple digits.
• The Sooners aren’t just scoring in bunches - they’re playing fast. Oklahoma is third in the nation and first among major conferences in KenPom.com’s adjusted tempo rankings (possesions per 40 minutes adjusted to the opponenet) with 76.2. Oklahoma’s average possession is 14.0 seconds long, the fastest among major conferences and second-fastest overall.
• Oklahoma is 9-1 when shooting above 50 percent, 13-1 when making at least 10 3-pointers and 7-0 when it hands out at least 20 assists.
• Oklahoma has scored 45 or more points in 22 of its 58 halves this season and has scored at least 40 points before halftime in all but nine contests.
• The Sooners have scored at least 100 points in six games – their most in a season since the 1992-93 season, when Oklahoma reached the century mark in nine games. Oklahoma’s six triple-digit games are the second-most in a season by an Big 12 team since the conference was formed in 1996. The 2001-02 Kansas squad (12 games) is the only team with more.
OH, TO BE YOUNG...
• Oklahoma’s offensive efforts have been led by the scoring and passing of freshman guard Trae Young. In 29 games, the Norman native has put together 12 double-doubles, 23 20-plus-point games, nine 30-plus-point games and four 40-plus-point games. Young is averaging 28.0 points, 9.0 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 1.7 steals while shooting .429 from the field and .367 from 3-point range. He leads the nation in scoring and averages over 10 points more than any other Big 12 player (Kansas’ Devonte’ Graham is second with 17.7). Young’s 9.0 assists also lead the country. No player in recorded NCAA history has finished a season leading the country in both scoring and assists. Since the NCAA began recording assists as an official statistic in 1983, Young is the first major-conference player to total 800 points and 250 assists in one season.
• Young already owns the Oklahoma freshman records for points (811), assists (261), 3-pointers (109) and made foul shots (222).
• Young’s collegiate career only consists of 29 games, but he has reached 40 points on four occasions, most recently scoring 44 against Baylor on Jan. 30. Young produced a career-high 48 points against Oklahoma State on Jan. 20. Young’s 48 points are tied for the most ever by a Big 12 player (Iowa State’s Melvin Ejim also scored 48 in 2014) and is the second-highest-scoring game by a Division-I player this season. His 48 points are the fifth-most in Oklahoma program history and the second-most by an OU freshman. Young also scored 43 points on Nov. 26 against Oregon and again on Jan. 13 versus TCU. He is the 15th Sooner to score 40 points in a game, but just the second to do so as a freshman. Wayman Tisdale is the only Sooner freshman to score more in a game (51) in the 1982-83 season. Young is also the fourth player in program history to score 40 points in a game multiple times, joining Tisdale (five), Stacey King (two), and Jeff Webster (two).
UP NEXT: BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP
• The Sooners begin postseason play when they travel to Big 12 Championship in Kansas City, Mo. Oklahoma’s seed and first round opponent will not be determined until Saturday, when the eight other Big 12 teams wrap up their regular seasons. Scenarios exist that the Sooners could finish as high as the No. 6 seed (begin play Thursday) or in the 7-9 range (begin play Wednesday).
• Oklahoma is 22-18 all-time in Big 12 Championship games. Its winning percentage in the tournament (.550) is the second highest in the league.