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University of Oklahoma

 No. 4/4 Oklahoma (12-1) vs. Coppin State (2-10) 
 Date & Tip Time

 Saturday, Jan. 3 at 12:37 p.m. CST

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

 Sooner Sports Network 
 FS Oklahoma across the state
 KQCW Ch. 19/Cox 12 in Tulsa

 Radio  Sooner Radio Network 
 KOKC AM 1520 in Oklahoma City
 KTBZ AM 1430 in Tulsa
 Series History  OU leads 12-0
 Live Stats  SoonerSports.com/GameTracker
 Game Info  Game Notes (PDF)

PREVIEWING SATURDAY’S GAME
Looking to bounce back from its first loss of the season, No. 4/4 Oklahoma (12-1) returns home following two road games to host Coppin State (2-10) on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. CST at Lloyd Noble Center.  The Sooners, who lost 96-88 at Arkansas on Tuesday, have won 68 of their last 70 home non-conference games.  Coppin State broke a 10-game losing streak with its 59-53 win over George Washington on Tuesday.  Saturday’s game will be televised by the Sooner Sports Network (FS Oklahoma across the state; KQCW Channel 19/Cox 12 in Tulsa; ESPN Full Court) with Bob Carpenter and Mark Rodgers announcing.  It will air on the Sooner Radio Network (flagship KOKC AM 1520 in OKC; KTBZ AM 1430 in Tulsa; Sirius 123) with Bob Barry, Sr. and Mike Houck calling the action.

TICKET INFORMATION
Upper-level reserved seats are available for $20 online at SooonerSports.com.  Lloyd Noble Center ticket windows will open at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday.

 Coppin State's Projected Starters
Pos.
No.
 Name
Ht.
Wt.
Year
 2008-09 Stats
F
31
 Eddie Hayden
6-6
240
So.
 2.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 75.0 FT%
C
50
 Ceslovas Kucinskas
6-8
245
So.
 2.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg
G
5
 Michael Harper
6-3
195
Fr.
 4.0 ppg, 2.1 rpg
G
12
 Chuka Iloegbu
6-3
195
Sr.
 6.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg
G
22
 Tywain McKee
6-2
182
Sr.
 19.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.2 apg

 Oklahoma's Projected Starters
Pos.
No.
 Name
Ht.
Wt.
Year
 2008-09 Stats
F
23
 Blake Griffin
6-10
251
So.
 22.8 ppg, 14.0 rpg, 66.9 FG%
F
32
 Taylor Griffin
6-7
238
Sr.
 9.4 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 51.3 FG%
G
5
 Tony Crocker
6-6
206
Jr.
 9.6 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 78.3 FT%
G
13
 Willie Warren
6-4
207
Fr.
 16.5 ppg, 2.7 apg, 50.0 FG%
G
20
 Austin Johnson
6-3
176
Sr.
 7.2 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 4.4 apg 

"NOTE"WORTHY
• With wins in its next two games against Coppin State and Maryland Eastern Shore, Oklahoma would post its best regular season non-conference record (14-1) since going 15-1 in 1987-88.
• The Sooners have won 68 of their last 70 home non-conference games dating back to the 1999-2000 season.  The two losses during the span came to Villanova in 2006-07 and Stephen F. Austin last year.
• OU’s No. 4 AP ranking is its highest since the final poll of the 2002-03 season (ranked No. 3 heading into the NCAA Tournament).
Willie Warren has scored 31 and 35 points in the last two games, marking the first back-to-back 30-point performances by an OU true freshman since Wayman Tisdale in 1982-83.  The last Sooner prior to this season (Blake Griffin did it earlier this year), regardless of class, to score 30 or more in consecutive games was senior Jeff Webster in the final two regular season games of the 1993-94 season.
• Despite a modest .667 team free throw percentage, the Sooners have made four more foul shots than their opponents have attempted.  OU is 254-for-381 from the stripe while foes are 170-for-250.  That’s an average of 10.1 more attempts per game than the opposition.  Griffin has attempted 38 percent of the team’s free throws (146 of its 381).
• Griffin leads the country in rebounding (14.0 rpg), ranks in the top 10 in field goal percentage (.669) and 13th in scoring (22.8 ppg).  He has also registered at least one assist in every game and averages 2.5.
• Oklahoma is 12-0 all-time against Coppin State and 11-0 in Norman.  All 12 games have been decided by double digits.

 
 Sooner to Watch 

 Willie Warren | Fr. | Guard
 • Coming off a career-high 35-point game at Arkansas (made a career-high seven 3-pointers) 
 • The reigning Big 12 Rookie of the Week (has won the award three times this year)
  • Averaging 33.0 points over the last two games (11-for-20 on 3-pointers) and 20.0 points over the last six games
 • Ranks second on team with 2.7 assists per game

   

TUESDAY’S ARKANSAS RECAP
• Oklahoma’s best start to a season (12 wins) since the 1989-90 campaign came to a halt with Tuesday’s 96-88 loss at Arkansas. 
• OU trailed by as many as 25 (72-47 with 11:50 remaining) before a 16-0 run cut the deficit to nine (72-63 with 9:08 left).  After Arkansas went up by 12 (81-69 with 5:57 left), OU drew to within four on two occasions (81-77 and 83-79) but could get no closer.
• Arkansas’ 96 points were the most surrendered by the Sooners since losing 96-91 to Washington on Nov. 26, 2004, in the Great Alaska Shootout.  The previous high for points given up by OU under third-year head coach Jeff Capel was 91 last season in an overtime win over Baylor.  The previous high for a regulation game under Capel was 85 points last year in a loss at Kansas.
• Oklahoma entered the game leading the Big 12 Conference in field goal percentage defense (.379), but allowed the Razorbacks to shoot .517 on the night.   Arkansas was also 6-for-13 (.462) from 3-point land.
• The Sooners’ 13 3-pointers were their most since draining 13 treys against Denver in last season’s second game.  OU has made at least 11 treys in each of its last four games against Arkansas.
• Freshman Willie Warren’s 35 points marked a career high, as did his seven 3-pointers, four rebounds and four assists (tied).  He netted 20 of the team’s 38 first-half points and scored eight more during a 45-second second-half span (5:10 to 4:25).
Blake Griffin finished with 21 points and a game-high 13 rebounds for his 10th double-double in 13 games this year (he had 10 all of last season).  The sophomore forward added four assists and three blocked shots.
• Junior guard Tony Crocker netted 18 points in 26 minutes of play, all on 3-pointers.  Crocker, who picked up four fouls in 12 first-half minutes and didn’t enter the second half until the 13:33 mark, tied a career high with six treys on 13 attempts.
• OU’s loss snapped a five-game winning streak against Arkansas that dated back to the 1998-99 season.  The Razorbacks improved to 13-10 in the all-time series.

WHO’S HOT
• A strong candidate for national-player-of-the-year honors, sophomore forward Blake Griffin has scored at least 18 points in 12 of 13 games this season, has netted at least 20 on nine occasions and surpassed 30 points twice.  The 6-10, 251-pounder has registered 10 double-doubles to match his total from last season and has led OU in rebounding 11 times.  Griffin now leads the Big 12 in scoring (22.8 ppg), rebounding (14.0 rpg) and field goal percentage (.669).  For perspective, Big 12 players who rank second in the respective categories are Texas’ A.J. Abrams (19.8 ppg) and Kansas’ Cole Aldrich (9.6 rpg and .612).  Griffin also ranks fifth in the Big 12 with his 1.4 blocked shots per game.  Seven of his 18 rejections have come in the last two games.
• Griffin also leads the country with 146 free throw attempts on the season (an average of 11.2 a game).  He is 80-for-124 (.645) over the last 11 games after going 9-for-22 (.409) over the first two contests.
• Freshman guard Willie Warren, who has scored in double figures in 10 of 13 outings, is averaging 20.0 points and 3.3 assists over the last six games while shooting .566 (43-for-76) from the field and .500 (17-for-34) from 3-point territory.  His .500 season field goal percentage is tops among the team’s guards and fourth among Big 12 backcourt players.
• Over the last two games, Warren is averaging 33.0 points and 3.5 assists while shooting .590 (23-for-39) from the field and .550 (11-for-20) from 3-point range.  The 11 treys over two games are the most by a Sooner since Michael Neal went 13-for-20 against Iowa State and Texas Tech in February 2006.
• After scoring in double figures once in OU’s first seven games, sophomore guard Tony Crocker has done it in five of the last six.  He is averaging 13.2 points over the six outings and is shooting .417 from 3-point range (15-for-36) and .800 from the free throw line (12-for-15).  Crocker scored a career-high 26 points against VCU three games ago with the help of 5-for-6 3-point shooting.

OU Fast Fact 
Willie Warren’s 66 combined points against Rice and Arkansas the last two outings represent the most by a Sooner over a two-game span since senior Jeff Webster scored 72 against Colorado (41) and Nebraska (31) in February 1994.

MISCELLANEOUS NOTES
• The Sooners have used the same starting lineup in all 13 games this season (Austin Johnson, Willie Warren, Tony Crocker, Taylor Griffin, Blake Griffin).
• Oklahoma has made at least six 3-pointers in 11 of its 13 games, but is shooting just .335 from long range on the year to rank last in the Big 12.  The worst 3-point shooting season in school history (.326) was recorded in 2006-07.
• OU has made at least one 3-pointer in 397 consecutive games (last one without a trey was at Memphis on Dec. 23, 1996).
• Brothers Blake and Taylor Griffin are a combined 144-for-234 (.615) from the field this year.
• Blake Griffin has accounted for 29 percent of OU’s points, 39 percent of its rebounds and 44 percent of its defensive boards.
• Blake Griffin has registered at least three assists in 18 of 46 career games (seven times this year).  He has recorded at least two assists 29 times in his career (10 times this season).
• 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), Taylor Griffin has 17 blocks already this year.
• Forty-three percent of Taylor Griffin’s rebounds this year (37 of his 86) have come on the offensive end of the floor.
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 34-for-38 (.895) in his career.
• OU will play 21 of its 31 regular season games against teams that made the 2008 postseason (15 against NCAA Tournament teams, four against NIT squads and two against College Basketball Invitational teams).  As of Friday, the Sooners are ranked No. 3 nationally by CollegeRPI.com.

NOTING OU’S 30-POINT PERFORMANCES
• Sophomore Blake Griffin and freshman Willie Warren have each posted back-to-back 30-point performances this season.  Griffin netted a career-high 35 points against Gardner-Webb Nov. 22 before scoring 32 four days later against UAB.  Warren went for 31 at Rice on Dec. 22 before pouring in a career-high 35 on Tuesday at Arkansas.
• The last time two Sooners each had back-to-back games of at least 30 points in the same season was in 1993-94 when senior forward Jeff Webster and junior guard/forward Calvin Curry did it.
• The last OU player to register two 30-point games his true freshman season was Tim McCalister in 1983-84.
Wayman Tisdale holds the school record for most 30-point games by a freshman (nine in 1982-83).
• The last time a Sooner scored at least 30 points three times in a season was Corey Brewer in 1997-98.
• The last OU true freshman to register three 30-point games was Tisdale.

PREVIEWING COPPIN STATE
• Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference member Coppin State snapped a 10-game losing streak by beating George Washington, 59-53, Tuesday in the seventh-place game of the Outrigger Hotels Rainbow Classic in Hawaii.  It is now 2-10 on the year.
• The Eagles, who have yet to play a home game, are 0-8 in road contests.  They finished 16-21 last year and won the MEAC Tournament to make the NCAA Tournament’s opening-round game (lost 69-60 to Mount St. Mary’s).
• Coppin State is shooting .390 from the field, .322 from 3-point distance and .743 from the foul line.  Its opponents are shooting .454 from the floor and .336 from long range.
Tywain McKee leads the Eagles in several statistical categories, including scoring (19.3 ppg), rebounding (5.1 rpg), assists (3.2 apg), steals (3.3 spg), 3-pointers (27) and made free throws (34).  The senior guard recorded 16 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals Tuesday against George Washington.  McKee has earned first-team All-MEAC honors each of the last two seasons.
• Junior center Sam Coleman is averaging 10.3 points and 4.3 rebounds over the last three contests, his only games this season.  Coleman, who is shooting .500 from the field, posted 14 points and four boards against George Washington.
• Freshman guard Jordan Lee is averaging 9.3 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.2 steals per outing.  Lee, who has not played the last two games, is shooting just .323 from the field but .810 (17-for-21) from the free throw line.  He ranks second on the team with 16 treys and 53 attempts (.302).
Ron "Fang" Mitchell is in his 23rd year as Coppin State’s head coach and owns a 360-312 record.  He’s in his 31st year as a collegiate head coach and is 587-357.

OKLAHOMA-COPPIN STATE SERIES HISTORY
Oklahoma is 21-0 in its series with Coppin State with 11 of those games played in Norman (the other was played in Oklahoma City on Dec. 27, 1997).  Oklahoma has beaten the Eagles by an average of 21.6 points in the series.  The average score of the last six meetings has been 71-46 with Coppin State being held to less than 50 points in all six contests.  Ron “Fang” Mitchell has served as Coppin State’s head coach in all 11 previous meetings.

TWO YEARS AGO VERSUS THE EAGLES
• Oklahoma won its last meeting against Coppin State, a 64-47 outcome on Dec. 9, 2006 (Jeff Capel’s first year at OU).
• The Sooners shot .510 from the field, held the Eagles to a .320 mark, and owned a 37-27 advantage on the glass.
• Coppin State held a 30-29 lead early in the second half failed to score a field goal over the final 6:09.
Michael Neal (19) and Longar Longar (15) accounted for more than half of OU’s points.  Neal made four 3-pointers on the night.  Tony Crocker added nine points and Taylor Griffin scored eight.
• A first-team Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference selection that year, Coppin State’s Tywain McKee started the game but played only five minutes.  He scored one point on 0-for-4 shooting and committed three fouls and a turnover.
• The Eagles were led by Julian Conyers’ 14 points.  Antwan Harrison added 13.

MORE BLAKE
Blake Griffin scored at least 18 points in each of the season’s first nine games, marking OU’s longest such streak since guard Corey Brewer netted at least 18 in 15 consecutive outings during the 1997-98 season.  Griffin’s lone game under 18 points this year was an 11-point performance against Utah when he played a season-low 23 minutes and attempted only three field goals.
• Lost in Griffin’s gaudy scoring and rebounding statistics are some pretty impressive assist numbers.  The forward ranks third on the team with 2.5 assists per game this season and has registered at least one handout in all 13 outings.  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 seven times already this year.
• Griffin (14.0 rpg) is on pace to shatter the school record for rebounding average in a season.  The standard of 13.3 boards per game was set by Alvan Adams in 1974-75.  Griffin is also averaging a nation-leading 11.2 free throw attempts a game, a figure that would break Stacey King’s 1988-89 school record of 8.9 foul shots per outing.
• Griffin has three games of at least 20 rebounds this season.  No other player in the country has more than one.
• Griffin has 35 dunks on the season, good for an average of 2.7 per game.
• 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).

UNDERRATED AUSTIN
A Sooner who tends to get lost among OU’s higher-profile players is senior point guard Austin Johnson.  The 6-3, 176-pounder ranks just fifth on the team with his 7.2 points per outing but ranks among the Big 12’s leaders in several other categories.  Johnson ranks second in the league in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.9-to-1), seventh in assists (4.4), seventh in steals (1.8) and just outside the top 10 in blocked shots (0.9).  He is also shooting .800 from the free throw line (16-for-20).

DEFENSE, DEFENSE
• OU has held its last six foes to a combined .368 field goal mark.  Four opponents in those six games (Tulsa, Maine, Utah and Rice) shot .340 or below.
• Since USC went 8-for-11 from 3-point range on Dec. 4, OU’s last six opponents are a combined 32-for-109 (.294) from long distance.
• OU ranks third in the Big 12 in steals per game (9.0), fourth in field goal percentage defense (.389) and fourth in blocked shots (4.5).  Austin Johnson ranks seventh in the league with 1.7 steals per outing while Blake and Taylor Griffin (1.6) rank 11th and Willie Warren (1.5) ranks fifth.  Blake Griffin ranks fifth in blocked shots (1.4).

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