OU Goes for Bedlam Sweep Saturday

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma

 No. 4/5 Oklahoma (26-4, 12-3) vs. Oklahoma State (20-9, 9-6) 
 Date & Tip Time

 Saturday, March 7 at 2:35 p.m. CST

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

 ABC

 Radio

 Sooner Radio Network 
 KOKC AM 1520 in Oklahoma City
 KMOD FM 97.5 in Tulsa
 Sirius 121

 Series History  OU leads 124-89
 Live Stats  SoonerSports.com/GameTracker
 Game Info  Game Notes (PDF)

PREVIEWING SATURDAY’S GAME
No. 4/5 Oklahoma (26-4, 12-3) plays its regular season finale at home against Oklahoma State (20-9, 9-6) Saturday at 2:30 p.m. CST.  Still aiming for a share of a Big 12 title despite losing three of its last four outings, OU is 15-1 at Lloyd Noble Center this year and will host an OSU squad that has won six straight.  The Sooners will be going for their third Bedlam Series sweep in the last four years.  Saturday’s game, the last at home in the careers of OU seniors Taylor Griffin, Austin Johnson and Omar Leary (the trio will be honored on the court prior to the game), will be regionally televised by ABC with Brad Nessler and Jimmy Dykes announcing.  It will air on the Sooner Radio Network (flagship KOKC AM 1520 in OKC; KMOD FM 97.5 in Tulsa; Sirius 121) with Bob Barry, Sr. and Mike Houck calling the action.

TICKET INFORMATION
Reserved seats are sold out.  Restricted admission tickets will go on sale for $20 beginning at 12:30 p.m. at Lloyd Noble Center's north and east box offices.

SERIES WITH OKLAHOMA STATE
Oklahoma holds a 124-89 (.582) series lead against Oklahoma State, including a 76-26 (.745) advantage in Norman.  Since the inception of the Big 12 Conference (1996-97 was the first season of league competition), OU is 14-12 against the Cowboys (9-3 at Lloyd Noble Center.)  The Sooners have won four straight in the series, six of the last seven and seven of the last nine.  They have won four straight in Norman and seven of the last eight.  Jeff Capel is 4-1 against OSU as Oklahoma’s head coach. 

 Oklahoma State's Projected Starters (based on last game)
Pos.
No.
 Name
Ht.
Wt.
Year
 2008-09 Stats
F
33
 Marshall Moses
6-6
235
So.
 6.2 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 53.2 FG%
G
00
 Byron Eaton
5-11
210
Sr.
 14.5 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 5.5 apg 
G
1
 Terrel Harris
6-5
205
Sr.
 14.3 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 36.7 3FG%
G
12
 Keiton Page
5-10
168
Fr.
 9.2 ppg, 1.3 apg, 41.7 3FG%
G
23
 James Anderson
6-6
205
So.
 18.3 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 43.0 3FG%

 Oklahoma's Projected Starters
Pos.
No.
 Name
Ht.
Wt.
Year
 2008-09 Stats
F
23
 Blake Griffin
6-10
251
So.
 21.7 ppg, 14.2 rpg, 62.8 FG%
F
32
 Taylor Griffin
6-7
238
Sr.
 9.6 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 53.4 FG%
G
5
 Tony Crocker
6-6
206
Jr.
 9.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 37.1 3FG%
G
11
 Omar Leary
5-11
173
Sr.
 1.9 ppg, 1.1 apg, 38.2 3FG%
G
20
 Austin Johnson
6-3
176
Sr.
 8.6 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 4.1 apg 

BIG 12 BULLETS
• The Sooners could still tie for a Big 12 regular season title with a win over Oklahoma State and a Kansas home loss to Texas.
• Oklahoma will be either a No. 2 or No. 3 seed in the upcoming Big 12 Championship (March 11-14 in Oklahoma City).  If OU beats Oklahoma State and Missouri loses at Texas A&M, the Sooners will grab the No. 2 seed.  Otherwise they’ll be the No. 3 seed.  This marks OU’s second consecutive Big 12 bye and its 10th in the 13-year history of the event.
• A win over Oklahoma State would give OU a final 13-3 league record, tying its best ever conference mark (2001-02).

"NOTE"WORTHY
• Oklahoma’s 26 wins are the fourth most in the nation heading into weekend play (Connecticut, Memphis and Pitt have 27 each).
• The Sooners are 15-1 at home this year and have held opponents to a .380 combined field goal mark in those games.  They have won 19 of their last 20 at Lloyd Noble Center and 129 of their last 144.
• Oklahoma owns a 124-89 series lead against Oklahoma State and has won four straight meetings, six of the last seven and seven of the last nine.  Jeff Capel is 4-1 against the Cowboys as the Sooners’ head coach.
• With his career-high 22 points last Saturday, Taylor Griffin became the fifth Sooner this year to score at least 20 points.
• Over the last three games, Griffin is averaging 15.7 points and 7.3 boards while shooting .654 from the floor.
Willie 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 (445 points), second in 3-pointers (54), fourth in free throws made (99), fifth in assists (89) and sixth in steals (37).  He needs five 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, shot .460 from 3-point range (29-for-63) in OU’s 11 road games but is shooting .301 (22-for-73) in its 15 home games.  He averaged 17.0 points per road outing compared to 13.8 per home contest.
• OU is 23-0 this year when outshooting its opponent and just 3-4 when being outshot.
• In Big 12 play, Oklahoma leads the league in field goal percentage (.495) and 3-point field goal percentage (.398) and ranks second in field goal percentage defense (.411) and third in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.335).
• 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 9.1 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocked shots in an average of 19.4 minutes over his last 10 outings.  He is 34-for-61 from the field (.557) and 23-for-28 at the foul line (.821) during the stretch.
• Sophomore guard Cade Davis went 19 straight games without scoring in double figures but has done it in two of the last five outings.  He is averaging 7.6 points over those five games (only played two minutes and didn’t score in one of them) while shooting .522 (12-for-23) from 3-point range.  Included was a career-high 17-point outing against Texas Tech Feb. 14 in which he nailed a career-high five treys on nine attempts.  Davis also went 4-for-6 from deep against Kansas Feb. 23.
• The Sooners went 7-0 this year against non-conference foes that have gone on to win at least 20 games (American, Davidson, Purdue, Tulsa, UAB, Utah and VCU).

 
 Sooner to Watch 

 Taylor Griffin | Sr. | Forward
 • Averaging 9.6 points per game on the year but 15.7 over the last three outings
 • Has shot .500 or better from the field in eight straight games and in 10 of the last 11
 • Scored a career-high 22 points two games ago and went for 14 Wednesday at Missouri
 • Ranks second on team in blocked shots (32) and third in steals (36)

   

GRIFFIN’S RECORDS
Sophomore forward Blake Griffin has already set several OU and Big 12 records this year, and is on pace to set more...

• Griffin holds the school record for rebounds in a season (411).  Wayman Tisdale held the former OU record with 378 in 1984-85.  Griffin needs just 13 more rebounds to surpass Kansas’ Drew Gooden (423 in 2001-02) to set the Big 12 single-season mark.
• Griffin’s 201 boards in Big 12 play this year are already a conference record, and that’s with Griffin missing a game and a half due to a concussion and with one game left to play.  Texas Tech’s Tony Battie held the previous mark with 190 in 1997.
• Griffin’s 24 double-doubles are a single-season school record.  Alvan Adams (1973-74) and Garfield Heard (1969-70) held the previous mark with 21.  Griffin needs four more double-doubles to tie Michael Beasley’s Big 12 record of 28 last season.
• With a .628 season field goal mark, Griffin has a shot at the OU and Big 12 records.  Al Beal (.627 in 1978-79) holds the OU record while Colorado’s David Harrison (.631 in 2003-04) holds the Big 12 mark.
• The OU career record for field goal percentage (minimum of 500 attempts) is .578 by Tisdale.  Griffin owns a .600 career figure.
• Griffin has three games of at least 20 points and 20 rebounds this season, a Big 12 record.  Only one other league player (Beasley had two) has ever recorded more than one such outing in a career.
• Griffin needs 29 more free throw attempts to tie Stacey King’s single-season school record (294 in 1988-89).  He needs 14 attempts to tie Beasley’s Big 12 record of 279 last year.  If the season ended today, Griffin would set the OU single-season mark for free throw attempts per game with 9.1 (King averaged 8.9 in 1988-89).
• Griffin’s 40 points and 23 rebounds against Texas Tech Feb. 14 represent the only 40/20 game in Big 12 history.  His 23 boards in that contest tied as the most ever in a conference game (Texas’ Kevin Durant in 2006-07 and Kansas’ Nick Collison in 2002-03 also grabbed 23 boards in a league outing).
• Griffin has recorded a Big 12-record 13 games of at least 20 points and 15 rebounds this year.  The former record was seven in a season (Durant in 2006-07 and Beasley in 2007-08). 

OFFENSIVE NOTES
• Oklahoma is shooting a Big 12-best .486 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 11 games (.507 combined over those 11 outings).
• The Sooners have been held under 70 points just five times this season (61, 64, 68, 69 and 69) and are averaging 79.4 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 14 contests.  It ranks first in Big 12 play with its .398 3-point mark.
Tony Crocker and Willie Warren have combined for 82 treys over the last 20 games.  Warren is 42-for-100 (.420) in those 20 outings while Crocker is 40-for-96 (.417).  Over OU’s first 10 games, each owned a .273 season 3-point figure (12-for-44).
• In OU’s 15 non-league games, Austin Johnson averaged 6.6 points and was 13-for-47 (.277) from 3-point range.  In 15 Big 12 games, he is averaging 10.5 points and is 25-for-61 (.410) 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 14 games this season.
• Despite a modest .679 team free throw percentage (it ranks ninth in the Big 12), Oklahoma has made just 15 fewer foul shots than its opponents have attempted.  OU has shot 235 more free throws than its foes, good for an average of 7.8 more per game.
• Oklahoma has made at least one 3-pointer in 414 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 .396 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 15 Big 12 opponents to a combined .411 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 30 opponents to a sub-.400 field goal mark (12 of them under a .360 figure).
• Oklahoma ranks second in the Big 12 with its 4.5 blocked shots per contest.  Juan Pattillo ranks third in league play with his 1.4 rejections per outing, while Blake Griffin ranks fifth (1.1) and Taylor Griffin seventh (1.0).  Point guard Austin Johnson has 22 blocks in 30 outings on the year for the second-highest average (0.7) among league guards (OSU’s James Anderson averages 0.8).

OU Fast Fact 
In 13 seasons of regular season Big 12 Conference play (including this year), OU has finished ahead of OSU in the league standings nine times (1997, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2009).  The Cowboys have finished higher than the Sooners once (2003).  The programs tied in the standings three times (1998, 2000 and 2007).

BODY BY BLAKE
Blake Griffin leads the Big 12 in scoring (21.7 ppg), rebounding (14.2 rpg) and field goal percentage (.628), while ranking fourth in blocks (1.3 bpg).  The 6-10 forward also averages 2.4 assists per contest, more than any other league player taller than 6-foot-5.  He has at least two assists in 22 of his 29 games and at least three in 14 outings.
• Griffin leads the nation in rebounding, double-doubles (tied with 24) and free throw attempts (9.1 per game).  He entered the week ranked fifth in field goal percentage and 14th in scoring.
• Griffin’s 40 points and 23 rebounds (career highs) against Texas Tech Feb. 14 marked the first such outing of any player nationally since at least the 1996-97 season (the OU Athletics Media Relations Office researched multiple national databases that only went back to that year).  Only two previous Sooners have accomplished the feat (Wayman Tisdale in 1983-84 and Alvan Adams in 1974-75).  His 40 points were the most by an OU player in 15 seasons while his 23 boards were the most in 20 years.
• Griffin has 10 double-doubles in his last 11 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 146 more points (630) and 110 more rebounds (411) in 29 games this year than he did in 33 games last season.
• In addition to his three games this year of at least 20 points and 20 rebounds, Griffin has five games of at least 20 points and 18 rebounds and two others of at least 16 points and 20 boards.
• 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). 

WEDNESDAY’S MISSOURI RECAP
• Oklahoma became the 18th Missouri opponent in 18 games this year to lose at Mizzou Arena as the Tigers handed the Sooners just their fourth defeat of the year, 73-64.
• The Sooners lost for the first time this season when outrebounding their opponent.  They outboarded Missouri 49-35 (21-14 on the offensive glass).
• OU’s season-high 22 turnovers led to 23 Missouri points.  The Tigers turned the ball over just nine times, leading to six OU points.
Blake Griffin recorded his 24th double-double with 16 points and 21 rebounds.  It was his fifth game of at least 20 boards on the year.  He was 7-for-11 from the field and added three assists.
Taylor Griffin was 6-for-9 from the field and finished with 14 points and eight rebounds.  It was his eighth straight game of shooting at least .500 from the field and 11th in the last 12.
• OU lost for just the second time in the last two years (now 24-2) when Austin Johnson scores in double figures.  The senior point guard finished with 11 points.
• The Sooners’ only lead of the game was 2-0.  Missouri led 39-28 at halftime.

EARLIER THIS YEAR AGAINST THE COWBOYS
• Oklahoma shot .580 from the field and posted a 38-18 rebounding advantage in an 89-81 win in at Oklahoma State Jan. 26.  It was the Sooners’ fourth straight victory against the Cowboys and sixth in the last seven meetings, and marked OU’s third win in its last four games in Stillwater.
• The Sooners’ field goal figure was their second best of the season.
Blake Griffin, playing for the first time at OSU (he missed last year’s game there due to injury), finished with 26 points, 19 rebounds and three assists.  He was 9-for-11 from the field and 8-for-13 from the free throw line.  Twelve of his free throw attempts came in the second half.
• Griffin outrebounded the Cowboys by himself, 19-18.
Austin Johnson scored nine of OU’s first 13 points and finished with a career-high 22 with the help of 5-for-8 3-point shooting.  Johnson’s fourth trey came with 6:54 remaining, after OSU had cut OU’s 14-point lead to one (64-63).  The Sooners led by at least three the rest of the way.
Juan Pattillo came off the bench to produce 12 points and three rebounds in 23 minutes.  He was 4-for-6 from the field (three dunks) and 4-for-4 at the free throw line.
Willie Warren netted 11 points while Taylor Griffin contributed seven points, four boards and a season-high five assists.

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 28 of 29 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 14 times already this year.
• 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 73 dunks on the season, good for an average of 2.5 per game.  He has 125 slams in 62 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
Taylor Griffin, Omar Leary and Ryan Wright were named to the Academic All-Big 12 Team on Wednesday.  All were second-team selections.  It was Griffin’s third consecutive year to earn the honor.
Blake Griffin was named to the five-man NABC All-District 8 Team on Thursday.  Willie Warren was named to the second team.
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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