OU Looks to Extend Bedlam Streak

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma

 No. 6/5 Oklahoma (19-1, 5-0) at Oklahoma State (13-5, 2-2) 
 Date & Tip Time

 Monday, Jan. 26 at 8:05 p.m. CST

 Location  Norman, Okla. | Lloyd Noble Center
 Tickets  OU Athletics Ticket Office
 TV

 ESPN/ESPNHD

 Radio

 Sooner Radio Network 
 KOKC AM 1520 in Oklahoma City
 KMOD FM 97.5 in Tulsa

 Series History  OU leads 123-89
 Live Stats  SoonerSports.com/GameTracker
 Game Info  Game Notes (PDF)

PREVIEWING MONDAY’S GAME
Looking to become the country’s first 20-win team, No. 6/5 Oklahoma (19-1, 5-0) plays at Oklahoma State (13-5, 2-2) on Monday at 8 p.m. CST.  The Sooners, who are 4-1 on the road, have won seven straight outings and are coming off a 95-76 home win over Baylor Saturday.  Oklahoma State, which is 9-1 at home, won 76-74 in overtime at Nebraska Saturday.  Monday’s game, part of the Bedlam Series, will be nationally televised by ESPN/ESPNHD with Ron Franklin, Fran Fraschilla and Holly Rowe announcing.  It will air on the Sooner Radio Network (flagship KOKC AM 1520 in OKC; KMOD FM 97.5 in Tulsa) with Bob Barry, Sr. and Mike Houck calling the action.

 Oklahoma State's Projected Starters
Pos.
No.
 Name
Ht.
Wt.
Year
 2008-09 Stats
F
44
 Malcoln Kirkland
6-8
230
So.
 2.9 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 69.6 FT%
G
00
 Byron Eaton
5-11
210
Sr.
 13.6 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 5.7 apg
G
1
 Terrel Harris
6-5
205
Sr.
 14.3 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 45.8 3FG%
G
2
 Obi Muonelo
6-5
215
Jr.
 15.6 ppg, 9.6 rpg, 41.9 3FG%
G
23
 James Anderson
6-6
205
So.
 17.9 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 44.1 3FG%

 Oklahoma's Projected Starters
Pos.
No.
 Name
Ht.
Wt.
Year
 2008-09 Stats
F
23
 Blake Griffin
6-10
251
So.
 22.2 ppg, 13.8 rpg, 62.2 FG%
F
32
 Taylor Griffin
6-7
238
Sr.
 9.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 51.6 FG%
G
5
 Tony Crocker
6-6
206
Jr.
 10.6 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 36.3 3FG%
G
13
 Willie Warren
6-4
207
Fr.
 15.1 ppg, 2.8 apg, 51.0 FG%
G
20
 Austin Johnson
6-3
176
Sr.
 8.1 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 4.6 apg 

MISCELLANEOUS NOTES
• At 19-1, Oklahoma is off to its best start in 23 years (the 1985-86 team was also 19-1 through 20 games).  It is tied for the best start in school history among teams that played at least 19 games (the 1927-28 squad went 18-0 on the season).
• Oklahoma owns a 123-89 series lead against Oklahoma State and has won three straight meetings, five of the last six and six of the last eight.  Jeff Capel is 3-1 against the Cowboys as the Sooners’ head coach.
• Oklahoma has used the same starting lineup in all 20 games.  In Big 12 play, those five starters are all averaging double figures in scoring.  Blake Griffin is averaging 22.4 points and is followed by Austin Johnson (12.6), Willie Warren (11.8), Tony Crocker (10.4) and Taylor Griffin (10.4).
• Blake Griffin and Warren have accounted for 59 percent of OU’s points in its five road games.  Griffin is averaging 22.4 points (shooting .564) and 10.8 rebounds in those contests while Warren is averaging 19.8 points (shooting .583) and 4.2 assists.
• Blake Griffin leads the Big 12 in scoring (22.2 ppg) and rebounding (13.8 rpg), while ranking second in field goal percentage (.622), fourth in blocks (1.4 bpg) and 11th in steals (1.4 spg).  The 6-10 sophomore also averages 2.5 assists per contest, more than any other league player taller than 6-5.  He has recorded at least two assists in 16 of 20 games and at least three in 10 outings.
• Nationally, Blake Griffin ranks first in rebounding and double-doubles (16), third in free throw attempts (9.7 per game) and 14th in scoring.  He entered last week ranked ninth in field goal percentage.
• Blake Griffin’s 20 points and 17 rebounds versus Baylor Saturday gave him his ninth 20-point, 15-rebound game of the year, tying Tim Duncan (Wake Forest in 1996-97) and Paul Millsap (Louisiana Tech in 2005-06) for the most nationally since 1996-97. 
• Blake Griffin has accounted for 28 percent of OU’s points, 37 percent of its rebounds and 41 percent of its defensive boards in 16 percent of the team’s minutes played.
• Brothers Blake and Taylor Griffin are shooting a combined .587 from the field this year and have teamed to pull down 20.3 rebounds a game (55 percent of the team’s total).
• In four games against ranked foes, Taylor Griffin is averaging 15.0 points, 7.0 boards and 2.5 blocks (shooting .697 from the field).
• During their current seven-game winning streak, the Sooners are outshooting their opponents from the field, .498 to .354.

 
 Sooner to Watch 

 Tony Crocker | Jr. | Guard
 • Has scored in double figures in 10 of the last 13 games
 • Is 20-for-47 (.426) from 3-point range over the last nine games
 • Has drained at least five 3-pointers three times this year
 • Scored 25 points in 12-point win in Stillwater last year (5-for-5 on 3-pointers)

   

OFFENSIVE NOTES
• The Sooners are shooting .481 from the field.  The last time OU shot better for an entire season was 20 years ago (.491 in 1988-89).
• Over the last 10 games, the Sooners are shooting .398 from 3-point range and averaging 7.6 treys.  Over the first 10 games this season, they shot .311 from behind the arc and averaged 6.4 3-pointers.
Tony Crocker and Willie Warren have combined for 48 treys over the last 10 games.  Warren is 23-for-46 (.500) from deep in those 10 outings while Crocker is 25-for-58 (.431).  Prior to the stretch, each owned a .273 season 3-point figure (12-for-44).
Austin Johnson has scored in double figures in three of the last four games (14.3 ppg in those four) after doing it three times in the season’s first 16 contests.  OU is 20-1 over the last two seasons when Johnson scores at least 10 points.
Blake Griffin has registered at least three assists in 21 of 53 career games (10 times this year).  He has recorded at least two assists 35 times in his career (16 times this season).
• Warren is shooting .510 from the field on the season to rank sixth in the Big 12 (second among guards).  The last OU guard to shoot at least .500 from the field for an entire campaign was Nolan Johnson (.559) in 1999-00.
Cade Davis made all 23 of his free throw attempts last year as a freshman and canned his first three attempts this year before finally missing against Davidson on Nov. 18.  He is now 39-for-45 (.867) in his career.
• Despite a modest .675 team free throw percentage (they rank ninth in the Big 12), the Sooners have made nine more foul shots than their opponents have attempted.  OU has shot 187 more free throws than its foes, good for an average of 9.4 more per game.  Griffin has attempted 35 percent of the team’s free throws (194 of its 548).
• Oklahoma has made at least one 3-pointer in 404 consecutive games (last one without a trey was at Memphis on Dec. 23, 1996).

DEFENSIVE NOTES
• Oklahoma leads the Big 12 (all games) with its .376 field goal percentage defense.  The last time OU held opponents to a lower collective figure for an entire season was 49 years ago (.339 in 1959-60).
• The Sooners have held their first five Big 12 opponents to a combined .364 field goal mark with only Texas A&M (.420) and Nebraska (.407) shooting above .400.  Kansas State shot a season-low .327 against OU, Texas shot a season-low .338 and Baylor, which entered Saturday’s game with a .495 season mark, shot .346 for its second lowest figure of the season. 
• Oklahoma has held nine of its last 13 foes to a field goal mark under .360.
• Over the last four games, Taylor Griffin has recorded 11 blocked shots and nine steals.  He ranks third in Big 12 play with his 2.2 blocks per game and fifth with his 2.2 steals.  Registering 54 blocked shots over his sophomore and junior seasons combined (the most ever during a two-year period by a Sooner standing under 6-foot-8), the senior has 28 blocks already this year (1.4 per game).

OU Fast Fact 
In the first 12 full seasons of regular season Big 12 Conference play, OU has finished ahead of OSU in the standings eight times (1997, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2008).  The Cowboys have finished higher than the Sooners once (2003).  The programs tied in the standings three times (1998, 2000 and 2007).

SATURDAY’S BAYLOR RECAP
• Oklahoma shot a season-high .583 from the field Saturday in beating Baylor for the 29th straight time, 95-76 in Norman.  The Sooners, who used a 27-9 first-half-ending run to lead 58-31 at the break, held the Bears to their second-lowest field goal mark of the season (.346).  It was Baylor’s worst defeat in two years.
• The Sooners’ 95 points marked a Baylor opponent season high.  The Bears entered the game giving up 67.7 points a game.
• OU shot .667 from the field in the first half to rack up its most points in a half of a Big 12 game in three years (59 vs. Baylor in 2006).
• After Baylor scored the game’s first five points, the Sooners outscored the Bears by 32 the rest of the first half.
Blake Griffin notched his 16th double-double of the year with team highs of 20 points and 17 rebounds.  He was 8-for-10 from the free throw line and added four assists and a steal.
Taylor Griffin scored 18 points (one shy of his season high) on 7-for-9 field goal and 4-for-4 free throw shooting, and added seven boards, a career-high-tying four blocked shots and three steals.
Willie Warren netted 13 of OU’s first 26 points and finished with 17 points on 6-for-9 field goal and 2-for-4 3-point shooting.
Tony Crocker canned five of his eight shots (2-for-3 from behind the arc) and finished with 12 points and five rebounds.
Austin Johnson scored eight points and handed out seven assists against just one turnover.  He nailed two treys on six attempts.
Juan Pattillo, a junior college transfer who was playing in his third game as a Sooner, totaled nine points, three rebounds, a block and a steal (all in the first half).  Pattillo had played a total of four scoreless minutes on the season before his 14 minutes Saturday.  He finished 4-for-5 from the field and made his lone free throw attempt.
• The win was OU’s fourth of the year over a ranked opponent (Baylor was ranked No. 23 in the coaches’ poll).

WHO’S HOT
• A strong candidate for national-player-of-the-year honors, sophomore forward Blake Griffin has scored at least 20 points in 14 of 20 games this season and at least 25 on seven occasions.  The 6-10, 251-pounder has registered 16 double-doubles (last year he had 10) and has led OU in rebounding 18 times.  Griffin leads the Big 12 in scoring (22.2 ppg) and rebounding (13.8 rpg).  Big 12 players who rank second in the respective categories are Iowa State’s Craig Brackins (19.3 ppg) and Kansas’ Cole Aldrich (9.8).  Griffin also ranks second in the Big 12 in field goal percentage (.622), fourth in blocks (1.4) and 11th in steals (1.4).
• After averaging 6.6 points and 4.3 assists per game in non-conference play, senior guard Austin Johnson is averaging 12.6 points and 5.6 assists in five league games.  He is 10-for-22 from 3-point range, owns a 4.0 assist-to-turnover ratio and has blocked five shots in those five Big 12 outings.
• Over the last nine games, freshman Willie Warren is averaging 17.1 points and 3.0 assists.  He is shooting .563 from the field and .487 (21-for-43) from behind the arc in those contests.
• After scoring in double figures once in OU’s first seven games, junior guard Tony Crocker has done it in 10 of the last 13.  He is averaging 12.8 points over the 13 outings and is shooting .414 from 3-point range (29-for-70).  By comparison, Crocker averaged 6.6 points and shot .250 from 3-point territory over OU’s first seven games this year.
• Senior forward Taylor Griffin is averaging 12.3 points over the last three games after averaging 7.3 over the previous seven.

PREVIEWING OKLAHOMA STATE
• Oklahoma State enters Saturday’s game with a 15-3 overall record and a 2-2 Big 12 mark following Saturday’s 76-74 overtime win at Nebraska.  The Cowboys also won at home against Texas A&M (72-61) in league play, while losing at Baylor (98-92 in overtime) and at home to Missouri (97-95).
• OSU averages 85.4 points a game to rank second in the conference, shoots .470 from the field (sixth), .415 from behind the 3-point arc (first) and .724 from the free throw line (second).  It also leads the league with its 10.3 treys per game.
• Sophomore James Anderson leads five OSU guards who average double figures in scoring.  Anderson averages 17.9 points (ranks fourth in Big 12), 5.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists per contest.  He is shooting .507 from the field, .441 from 3-point range (45 makes) and .852 from the free throw line.
• Junior Obi Muonelo averages 15.6 points and 9.6 rebounds (ranks third in Big 12) per game, while leading the team with his 54 treys (shooting .419 from deep).
• Senior Terrel Harris scores 14.3 points a game to go along with 5.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.8 steals per contest.  He is shooting a team-high .458 from behind the arc (27-for-59).
• Senior point Byron Eaton averages 13.6 points and team highs of 5.7 assists (ranks third in Big 12) and 2.5 steals (first).  He has attempted a team-high 124 free throws (made 88 for a .710 season mark).  He is the only OSU player in history to record 100 assists in each of his four seasons.
• Freshman Keiton Page has come off the bench in all 18 games to average 10.2 points in 24.1 minutes a contest.  He is shooting .504 from the field and .434 from 3-point range (ranks third on team with 36 treys).
Travis Ford is in his first year as Oklahoma State’s head coach.  The 1994 Kentucky graduate, who also played collegiately at Missouri for two seasons, is in his 12th year as a collegiate head coach and owns a 203-169 (.546) career mark.

SERIES WITH OKLAHOMA STATE
Oklahoma holds a 123-89 (.578) series lead against Oklahoma State, but trails 58-41 in games played in Stillwater.  Since the inception of the Big 12 Conference (1996-97 was the first season of league competition), OU is 13-12 against the Cowboys (4-8 at Gallagher-Iba Arena.)  The Sooners have won three straight meetings in the series, five of the last six and six of the last eight.

LAST YEAR AGAINST THE COWBOYS
• The Sooners went 2-0 against Oklahoma State last year, winning 64-61 in Norman and 68-56 in Stillwater.
• In the first meeting on Jan. 28, OU overcame a 32-27 halftime deficit and outscored OSU after the break 37-29.  The Sooners gave up just two points over the first six minutes of the second half and opened the stanza on a 13-2 run to lead 40-34.  The Cowboys tied the game at 57 with 1:37 remaining before Blake Griffin’s offensive rebound and three-point play put OU back up for good.  Taylor Griffin, starting in place of Blake due to a knee injury, scored a career-high 20 points on 7-for-8 field goal shooting and grabbed a game-high six rebounds in 28 minutes of action.  Blake Griffin added 15 points and three assists (all to Taylor).  Both teams committed 12 turnovers, but OU outscored OSU 17-3 in the points-off-turnovers category.  Austin Johnson added 10 points for the Sooners while Obi Muonelo netted a then-career-high 25 points for OSU with the help of five 3-pointers.
• The March 5 rematch in Stillwater pitted an OU team that was without leading scorer and rebounder Blake Griffin (injury to his other knee) against an OSU team that had won five straight games.  Thanks to strong shooting and solid defense, the Sooners posted  a 12-point win — their largest at Gallagher-Iba Arena since 1990.  OU’s .533 (8-for-15) 3-point shooting effort marked its best of the year on the road while OSU’s 56 points tied as its fewest at home on the season.  Tony Crocker was 5-for-5 from behind the arc and scored a then-career-high 25 points while Longar Longar finished with 12 points (he scored 10 of OU’s first 16).  Johnson added 11 for OU while Muonelo finished with a team-high 15 for the Cowboys.
• Oklahoma shot .488 from the field and .407 from 3-point range in the two victories, while holding OSU to .374 and .317 marks.  The Sooners also attempted 60 free throws to the Cowboys’ 38.

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