Oklahoma Postgame Notes

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma

Jan. 24, 2009

• No. 6/5 Oklahoma (19-1) became the first team in the country to reach 19 wins, improving to 5-0 in Big 12 play.  The Sooners are just one of two unbeaten teams in conference action (Kansas is 4-0).

• OU has won its last 16 home games dating back to last season (12-0 in Norman this season).

• The 19-point margin marked Baylor's worst loss since an 82-56 defeat to Kansas on Jan. 24, 2007.

• The Sooners' 19-1 start to the season is their best since 1985-86 (also started the year 19-1).

• The 19-1 mark is the best start in school history among OU teams that have played at least 19 games in a season (the 1927-28 squad went 18-0 on the year).

• The victory was OU's 29th in a row against Baylor (haven't lost to the Bears since 1977) and improved their all-time record in the series to 34-5.  The Sooners are 25-0 against BU since the formation of the Big 12 Conference (only Big 12 series where one team has beaten the other in every meeting). 

• OU improved to 134-52 all-time against conference opponents from the state of Texas (Baylor, Texas, Texas A&M and Texas Tech).  The Sooners are 82-26 against those four opponents since the formation of the Big 12.

• The Sooners' 5-0 league start is their best since the 2004-05 squad also won their first five games (that team won the Big 12 regular season title).    

• Oklahoma improved to 4-0 this season against ranked opponents (Davidson, Purdue and Texas were OU's other wins over ranked teams).  Baylor was ranked No. 23 in this week's coaches' poll.

• Blake Griffin recorded his NCAA-leading 16th double-double with 20 points and 17 rebounds.  The 6-10 sophomore had 14 points and 11 rebounds by halftime. 

• The game marked Griffin's Big 12-record ninth game of at least 20 points and 15 rebounds this season.  In OU's win against Nebraska Wednesday, Griffin surpassed Texas' Kevin Durant (2006-07) and Kansas State's Michael Beasley (2007-08) for the most 20-point, 15-board contests in a single season (they had seven).

• Griffin also had four assists and a steal in 33 minutes of action.  He has dished out at least two assists in 16 of 20 games this year and at least three in 10 contests.  He is averaging 2.5 assists on the year (the most by any league player taller than 6-5).

• The Sooners had 18 assists to the Bears' seven.  Leading the way was Austin Johnson (the Big 12's assist-to-turnover ratio leader at 3.4-to-1), with a game-high seven handouts and just one turnover.  

• Taylor Griffin scored 18 points (one off of his season high) on 7-of-9 shooting and added seven rebounds, a career-high-tying four blocks, three steals and an assist in 30 minutes.  

• Willie Warren added 18 points (6-of-8 from the field), including 13 in the first half.  Warren has reached double figures in seven of his last nine contests (15 of 20 on the year). He is shooting .500 from 3-point range (23-for-46) over the last 10 games.

• Omar Leary's four assists tied a season high.

• Junior college transfer Juan Pattillo, who had played a total of four minutes in two games and had not scored this year, supplied nine points, three rebounds, a block and a steal, all in the first half.  He was 4-for-5 from the field.  Pattillo decided to come out of his redshirt prior to the Jan. 12 Texas game.

• OU hit 20-of-30 (.667) field goal attempts in the first half (6-of-9 from behind the arc).  The Sooners got to the line 14 times before intermission (12-of-14).

• Oklahoma's 35 made field goals were its most since hitting 39 against Baylor on Feb. 26, 2006.

• The Sooners went on first-half runs of 8-0 and 11-0 to lead 58-31 at intermission. 

• OU's 58 first-half points were its most in a half of a Big 12 contest since netting 59 in the second stanza against Baylor on Feb. 26, 2006.  The 58 were its second most in a half this season.  The Sooners scored 59 in the second stanza against Mississippi Valley State.  Baylor entered theh game allowing 67.7 points per contest.

• Oklahoma's 20 bench points were its most in a conference game this year.

• The paid crowd of 12,849 was the 12th largest in Lloyd Noble Center history.