OU, Mizzou Set for Top-15 Matchup

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By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma

 No. 4/5 Oklahoma (26-3, 12-2) at No. 15/12 Missouri (24-5, 11-3) 
 Date & Tip Time

 Wednesday, March 4 at 8:05 p.m. CST

 Location  Columbia, Mo. | Mizzou Arena
 Tickets  OU Athletics Ticket Office
 TV

 Big 12 Network
 
KOCB 34 in Oklahoma City
 KJRH 2 in Tulsa
 ESPN Full Court

 Radio

 Sooner Radio Network 
 KRXO FM 107.7 in Oklahoma City
 KTBZ AM 1430 in Tulsa
 Sirius 118

 Series History  OU leads 111-93
 Live Stats  SoonerSports.com/GameTracker
 Game Info  Game Notes (PDF)

PREVIEWING WEDNESDAY’S GAME
Alone in second place in the Big 12 race, No. 4/5 Oklahoma (26-3, 12-2) plays at No. 15/12 Missouri (24-5, 11-3) Wednesday at 8 p.m. CST.  The Sooners are a game behind Kansas in the league standings while the Tigers, who are 17-0 at home, trail OU by a game.  Wednesday’s contest will be regionally televised by the Big 12 Network (KOCB Ch. 34/Cox 11 in OKC; KJRH Ch. 2/Cox 9 in Tulsa; ESPN Full Court) with Mitch Holthus and Jon Sundvold announcing.  The game will air on the Sooner Radio Network (flagship KRXO FM 107.7 in OKC; KTBZ AM 1430 in Tulsa; Sirius 118) with Bob Barry, Sr. and Mike Houck calling the action.

SERIES WITH MISSOURI
Oklahoma holds a 111-93 series lead against Missouri but trails 58-29 in games played in Columbia.  The Sooners, who are 12-7 against the Tigers since the formation of the Big 12 Conference, have lost five of the last eight in the series after winning nine straight.  Missouri has won five of the last six regular season meetings. 

 Missouri's Projected Starters (based on last game)
Pos.
No.
 Name
Ht.
Wt.
Year
 2008-09 Stats
F
1
 DeMarre Carroll
6-8
225
Sr.
 17.1 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 57.0 FG%
F
5
 Leo Lyons
6-8
244
Sr.
 14.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 50.2 FG% 
G
4
 J.T. Tiller
6-3
200
Jr.
 7.7 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 3.7 apg
G
11
 Zaire Taylor
6-4
189
Jr.
 5.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 3.4 apg
G
24
 Kim English
6-6
200
Fr.
 6.8 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 1.2 apg

 Oklahoma's Projected Starters
Pos.
No.
 Name
Ht.
Wt.
Year
 2008-09 Stats
F
23
 Blake Griffin
6-10
251
So.
 21.9 ppg, 13.9 rpg, 62.7 FG%
F
32
 Taylor Griffin
6-7
238
Sr.
 9.4 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 52.8 FG%
G
5
 Tony Crocker
6-6
206
Jr.
 10.1 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 37.7 3FG%
G
13
 Willie Warren
6-4
207
Fr.
 15.1 ppg, 2.9 apg, 38.4 3FG%
G
20
 Austin Johnson
6-3
176
Sr.
 8.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 4.3 apg 

BIG 12 BULLETS
• Oklahoma has clinched a first-round bye in the upcoming Big 12 Championship (March 11-14 in Oklahoma City).  It marks the Sooners’ second consecutive bye and 10th in the 13-year history of the event.  OU will be the No. 1, No. 2 or No. 3 seed.
• The Sooners won their first 11 league games for the Big 12’s second-best start ever (Kansas finished 16-0 in 2002).
• OU has won at least 12 Big 12 games six times in the 13-year history of the league.  Its best conference record was 13-3 in 2001-02.

"NOTE"WORTHY
• At 26-3, Oklahoma entered the week tied with Memphis and Pittsburgh for the nation’s second-best record.  Connecticut is 27-2.
• OU has played 13 games against teams that already have at least 20 wins this year.  It is 11-2 in those games.
• Oklahoma is 8-2 in road games this year.  That’s the most road wins for the Sooners since they went 8-2 in 1983-84.  The last season they won nine road contests was 1946-47 (9-2).
• The Sooners own a 111-93 series lead against Missouri and have won 12 of the last 17 meetings.  They are 12-7 versus MU since the formation of the Big 12 (2-4 in Columbia).  OU’s last win at Missouri came in 2001 (63-61).
Blake Griffin and Willie Warren have accounted for 51 percent of OU’s points in its 10 road games.  Griffin is averaging 20.1 points (shooting .590) and 11.9 rebounds in those contests while Warren is averaging 18.0 points (.491 from long range).
• Griffin set the OU record for rebounds in a season Saturday at Texas Tech.  The sophomore’s 18 boards in Lubbock gave him 390 for the year in 28 games.  Wayman Tisdale held the record with 378 caroms in 37 games in 1984-85.
• With his career-high 22 points Saturday, Taylor Griffin became the fifth Sooner this year to score at least 20 points in a game.
• In OU’s five games against ranked opponents this year, Taylor Griffin is averaging 14.2 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.0 blocked shots.  He is shooting .684 from the field and .783 from the free throw line in those outings.
• OU’s 13-game winning streak that ended Feb. 21 at Texas was the fourth longest in school single-season history.   The Sooners also won their first 12 games of the year, giving them two of the seven longest single-season winning streaks in school annals.
• Warren has seven games of at least 20 points this year, the most by an OU true freshman since Tim McCalister recorded nine of them in 1983-84.  Warren has registered at least 27 points four times and has broken the 30-point barrier twice.
• Warren already ranks sixth on OU’s freshman scoring chart (438 points), second in 3-pointers (53), fourth in free throws made (99), fifth in assists (83) and sixth in steals (35).  He needs six more treys to take over the top spot from Terry Evans (58 in 1989-90).
• Warren, a seven-time Big 12 Rookie of the Week, is shooting .491 from 3-point range (28-for-57) in OU’s 10 road games compared to .301 (22-for-73) in its 15 home games.  He’s averaging 18.0 points per road outing and 13.8 per home contest.
• Oklahoma used the same starting lineup in its first 27 games but has used different lineups in each of the last two.
• Over the last 16 games (14-2 record), the Sooners are outshooting their opponents from the field, .503 to .399.  They are 14-0 during the span when outshooting their foes and 0-2 when being outshot.
• In Big 12 play, Oklahoma ranks second in the league in field goal percentage (.501), 3-point field goal percentage (.412) and field goal percentage defense (.409).  It ranks third in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.334).
• Junior college transfer Juan Pattillo, who came out of a redshirt season in time for the Jan. 12 Texas game but totaled just four minutes over the next three games, is averaging 9.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.7 blocked shots in an average of 19.7 minutes over his last nine outings.  He is 31-for-54 from the field (.574) and 22-for-26 at the foul line (.846) during the stretch.

 
 Sooner to Watch 

 Austin Johnson | Sr. | Guard
 • Averaging 10.5 points in Big 12 play
 • Shooting .533 (16-for-30) from 3-point range in conference road games
 • Ranks 13th in the country with a 2.8-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio
 • Sooners are 24-1 over the past two seasons when he scores in double figures

   

OFFENSIVE NOTES
• Oklahoma is shooting a Big 12-best .489 from the field.  The last time OU shot better for an entire season was 21 years ago (.491 in 1988-89).  The Sooners have shot at least .500 from the field in seven of the last 10 games (.516 combined over those 10 outings).
• The Sooners have been held under 70 points just four times this season (61, 68, 69 and 69) and are averaging 79.9 points per game on the year.  They have not finished a season averaging 80.0 or more points a contest since the 1994-95 campaign.
• OU has shot .400 or better from 3-point range in 10 of the last 13 contests and owns a .415 mark over the span.  The Sooners rank second in Big 12 play with their .412 3-point mark.
• In Oklahoma’s seven conference road games, Austin Johnson is 16-for-30 (.533) from 3-point range.  He is 15-for-27 from behind the arc over the last six league road outings, good for a .556 mark.
Tony Crocker and Willie Warren have combined for 81 treys over the last 19 games.  Warren is 41-for-94 (.436) in those 19 outings while Crocker is 40-for-94 (.426).  Over OU’s first 10 games, each owned a .273 season 3-point figure (12-for-44).
• In OU’s 15 non-league games, Johnson averaged 6.6 points and was 13-for-47 (.277) from 3-point range.  In 14 Big 12 games, he is averaging 10.5 points and is 23-for-54 (.426) from long distance.
• Last year, Blake Griffin became the first player in school history standing at least 6-foot-10 to log three or more handouts in 11 games.  He has done it in 13 games this season.
• Despite a modest .683 team free throw percentage (it ranks ninth in the Big 12), Oklahoma has made just eight fewer foul shots than its opponents have attempted.  OU has shot 233 more free throws than its foes, good for an average of 8.0 more per game.
• Oklahoma has made at least one 3-pointer in 413 consecutive games (last one without a trey was at Memphis on Dec. 23, 1996).

DEFENSIVE NOTES
• Oklahoma ranks second in the Big 12 (all games) with its .395 field goal percentage defense.  The last time OU held opponents to a lower collective figure for an entire season was 48 years ago (.377 in 1960-61).
• The Sooners have held their first 14 Big 12 opponents to a combined .412 field goal mark, with Kansas State (.327) and Texas (.338 in first meeting) shooting season lows and Baylor (.346 in the first meeting) posting its second worst mark of the season.
• OU has held 14 of its 29 opponents to a sub-.400 field goal mark (12 of them under a .360 figure).
• Oklahoma ranks third in the Big 12 with its 4.4 blocked shots per contest.  Juan Pattillo ranks third in league play with his 1.5 rejections per outing, while Blake Griffin ranks fifth (1.2) and Taylor Griffin seventh (1.0).  Point guard Austin Johnson has 22 blocks in 29 outings on the year for the second-highest average (0.8) among league guards.

BODY BY BLAKE
Blake Griffin leads the Big 12 in scoring (21.9 ppg), rebounding (13.9 rpg) and field goal percentage (.627), while ranking fourth in blocks (1.3 bpg).  The forward also averages 2.4 assists per game, more than any other league player taller than 6-foot-5.  He has at least two assists in 21 of his 28 games and at least three in 13 outings.
• Griffin entered the week ranked second nationally in rebounding, double-doubles (23) and free throw attempts (9.2 per game), and fifth in field goal percentage and 14th in scoring.
• With 390 rebounds in his 28 games, Griffin is OU’s record holder for boards in a season.  Wayman Tisdale held the record with 378 rebounds in 37 games in 1984-85.
• Griffin’s 40 points and 23 rebounds (career highs) against Texas Tech Feb. 14 marked the first time in Big 12 history a player recorded a 40/20 game, and was the first such outing of any player nationally since at least the 1996-97 season.  Only two previous Sooners have accomplished the feat (Tisdale in 1983-84 and Alvan Adams in 1974-75).  Griffin’s 40 points were the most by an OU player in 15 seasons while his 23 rebounds were the most in 20 years.
• Griffin’s 23 double-doubles are the most in OU single-season history.  Garfield Heard (21 double-doubles in 27 games during the 1969-70 season) and Adams (21 in 26 games during the 1973-74 campaign) rank second.
• Griffin has nine double-doubles in his last 10 games.  He had a streak of eight double-doubles snapped Feb. 21 at Texas (played only 11 minutes).  It was the fourth longest double-double streak in OU history.  He also has a pair of six-game streaks this year.
• Griffin has 130 more points (614) and 89 more rebounds (390) in 28 games this year than he did in 33 games last season.
• Griffin has three games of at least 20 points and 20 rebounds this season.  No other Big 12 player has ever recorded more than two such outings in a career.  He also has five other games of at least 20 points and 18 rebounds.
• Griffin has recorded 13 games of at least 20 points and 15 rebounds this season, more than any player nationally since at least the 1996-97 season.  Tim Duncan (Wake Forest in 1996-97) and Paul Millsap (Louisiana Tech in 2005-06) registered nine 20/15 games, the second most since the start of the 1996-97 season.  The former Big 12 record was seven in a season (Kevin Durant in 2006-07 and Michael Beasley in 2007-08).

OU Fast Fact 
The Sooners have already won six Big 12 road contests (against one loss).  The only other time in the previous 12 years of Big 12 play they won six conference road games was in 1999 (6-2 record).

LAST YEAR AGAINST TIGERS
• Oklahoma overcame a 47-42 deficit and outscored Missouri 33-19 over the final 16:53 to post a 75-66 win in Norman in last year’s regular season finale (March 8, 2008).
• OU shot .500 (26-for-52) from the field for the first time in 11 games.  It held MU to a .455 figure (.364 after halftime).
• Missouri entered the game with a Big 12-best +4.2 turnover margin per contest, but committed 17 turnovers to OU’s 14.
Austin Johnson scored 18 points and posted career highs with his six free throw makes and eight attempts.  He netted 14 points after halftime (seven in the final 3:12).
Blake Griffin returned to action just six days after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to repair a partially torn medial meniscus in his right knee.  Griffin registered 14 points and eight rebounds (five offensive) in 28 minutes off the bench.
• The game was the last at home in the careers of seniors David Godbold and Longar Longar.  Godbold canned three treys and finished with 16 points (his third highest total this season), three rebounds and two assists.  Longar contributed eight points and team highs of nine boards and three assists.
• Oklahoma was outrebounded 22-10 in the first half but outboarded the Tigers 20-10 in the second half.
• The win was OU’s first against Missouri in the regular season since 2002.

SATURDAY’S TEXAS TECH RECAP
• After missing a game and a half due to a concussion, Big 12 Preseason Player of the Year Blake Griffin registered 20 points and 18 rebounds in a 78-63 win at Texas Tech.  Griffin played 37 minutes and added two assists and two blocks as OU never trailed.
Taylor Griffin scored a career-high 22 points on 8-for-12 field goal and 5-for-6 free throw shooting while also recording eight boards and two assists.
Omar Leary came off the bench to score a season-high-tying 11 points, his most ever in a Big 12 game.  The point guard’s 18 minutes were his second most in league play this year.  Leary was 5-for-6 from the foul line (he was 2-for-2 on the year entering the day).
Austin Johnson scored all 10 of his points after halftime.  He was 2-for-4 from 3-point range to drop his percentage in Big 12 road games to .533 (16-for-30).
• Ahead 53-51, OU outscored Texas Tech 25-12 over the final 7:47.
• The Sooners outrebounded the Red Raiders by 17 (41-24).  Two weeks earlier in Norman, they outboarded Tech by 20 (48-28).
• OU improved to 29-16 all-time against Texas Tech and to 10-10 against the Red Raiders in Lubbock.  It also improved to 20-8 in the series since the formation of the Big 12.

MORE BLAKE
• Lost in Blake Griffin’s gaudy scoring and rebounding statistics are some pretty impressive assist numbers.  The forward ranks third on the team with 2.4 assists per game and has registered at least one handout in 27 of 28 outings (did not have one in his 11 minutes against Texas Feb. 21).  Last season, Griffin became the first Sooner standing 6-foot-10 or taller to ever dish at least three assists in a game 11 times.  He has recorded at least three assists 13 times already this year.
• Griffin (13.9 rpg and .627 FG%) is on pace to shatter the single-season OU records for rebounding average and field goal percentage.  The standards of 13.3 boards per game and .627 from the field were set by Alvan Adams in 1974-75 and Al Beal in 1978-79.  Griffin is also averaging 9.2 free throw attempts a game (ranks second nationally), a figure that would break Stacey King’s 1988-89 school record of 8.9 foul shots per outing.
• Griffin owns three of the six longest double-double streaks in school history, with all three of those coming this year.  He has assembled a pair of six-game streaks and had an eight-game streak (fourth longest in OU history) snapped Feb. 21 at Texas.
• Griffin has 72 dunks on the season, good for an average of 2.6 per game.  He has 124 slams in 61 career games.
• Griffin owns the best vertical leap (no step) on the team at 37.5 inches, as well as the best max leap (no limit on steps) by reaching 27 inches above the rim.  He also owns an 84.5-inch wingspan (seven feet and one-half inch).

IN THE NEWS
Jeff Capel was named one of 10 finalists Monday for the U.S. Basketball Writers Association Henry Iba Award, presented to the national coach of the year.
Sports Illustrated college hoops writer Seth Davis tabbed Capel as his national coach of the year on Feb. 26.
Blake Griffin was named one of 30 mid-season Naismith Award candidates on Feb. 25.  A day later, Griffin was named one of 15 finalists for the U.S. Basketball Writers Association Oscar Robertson Trophy.  Both are national player of the year awards.

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