Sooners welcome Horned Frogs to Lloyd Noble Center for 6 p.m. contest.
||Freshman guard Isaiah Cousins
Tied with Baylor and Iowa State for fourth place in the Big 12, Oklahoma (15-7, 6-4) welcomes league newcomer TCU (10-13, 1-9) to Lloyd Noble Center on Monday at 6 p.m. CT. The Sooners, coming off a 72-66 win over fifth-ranked Kansas on Saturday, are 4-1 in conference home games. TCU, which also beat the Jayhawks last Wednesday (62-55), are coming off a 63-50 home loss to West Virginia on Saturday. The Horned Frogs are 1-5 in true road games on the year.
ON THE AIR
Monday's contest will air on the Sooner Radio Network (KOKC 1520 AM in Oklahoma City; KTBZ 1430 AM in Tulsa; Sirius 91; XM 91) with Toby Rowland and Mike Houck announcing. The game will be televised nationally by ESPNU with Dave Armstrong and Bryndon Manzer calling the action.
• Tickets are available for $10, $30 and $40 at the OU Athletics Ticket Office (800-456-4668) and online here. Lloyd Noble Center's north and east ticket windows will open at 4p.m. on Monday.
• OU students may purchase a ticket for $10.
FIVE THINGS TO KNOW
• Monday's matchup will be the first for TCU against Oklahoma as a member of the Big 12 Conference and the first meeting since Dec. 2, 2007, when OU posted a 90-66 win in Fort Worth. The Sooners hold an 11-1 series lead and are 5-0 against the Horned Frogs in Norman (2-0 at Lloyd Noble Center).
• TCU and Oklahoma have each beaten Kansas (ranked No. 5 in last week's AP and Coaches' polls) in the last six days. The Horned Frogs won a 62-55 decision in Fort Worth last Wednesday for their lone Big 12 win to date, while OU posted a 72-66 victory in Norman on Saturday.
• In Big 12 play, opponents have made 72 3-pointers to the Sooners' 41. That's a difference of 93 points, or 9.3 per game. OU has made more treys than its foe in just two of 10 conference games (wins over Oklahoma State and Kansas). However, TCU averages just 3.0 treys per game in league play.
• Senior forward Romero Osby has led the Sooners (or tied for the team lead) in scoring in eight of 10 Big 12 games. In five conference home games, he is averaging 18.6 points on .561 field goal and .818 free throw shooting (27-for-33).
• The Sooners have played 12 games away from home and just 10 in Norman. The 10 home games are tied for the fewest among the 75 teams in the six "power" conferences (ACC, Big East, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC).
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Romero Osby | Sr. | Forward
• Was 6-for-8 on Saturday against Kansas and finished with a game-high 17 points
• Added a team-high 8 rebounds and 3 assists in Saturday's victory over KU
• Has led the Sooners or tied for the team lead in scoring in 8 of 10 Big 12 contests
• Averaging 18.6 points on .561 field goal shooting in five conference home games
SATURDAY'S KANSAS RECAP
• Oklahoma led the majority of the day in a 72-66 win over No. 5/5 Kansas on Saturday, ending a two-game losing streak and handing the Jayhawks their third straight loss. KU led for a combined two minutes the entire game and not after the 14:27 mark of the first half.
• The win was OU's first over an AP top-five opponent since beating Texas 82-72 on Jan. 28, 2006. It also snapped a 10-game losing streak against the Jayhawks (last win was in 2005 when the teams shared the Big 12 regular season title).
• The Sooners led 38-34 at halftime and went up by as many as nine twice in the second half. Kansas drew to within one point with 4:58 and 4:13 left in the game, but each time OU responded with a 3-pointer to go up by four.
• KU entered the game leading the nation with its .356 field goal percentage defense, but OU shot .448 on the day (.556 in the first half).
• After going 4-for-16 from the field against Kansas two weeks earlier in Lawrence, Romero Osby was 6-for-8 on Saturday and finished with a game-high 17 points. The senior forward made his fifth 3-pointer of the year (now 5-for-8) and added a team-high eight rebounds and three assists.
• Steven Pledger netted 15 points for OU after averaging 3.5 points the previous two contests. The senior guard was 6-for-14 from the field (2-for-7 from 3-point range after going 0-for-7 the last two games) and added six boards and two assists.
• Freshman guard Je'lon Hornbeak didn't score until 1:30 remained in the game and then rattled off seven straight points for OU. His 3-pointer at the 1:30 mark put OU up by five (66-61), and then he hit four of six free throw attempts in the final minute.
• Freshman guard Isaiah Cousins made his first start since Dec. 18 (third different OU player to start at point guard the last three games) and came through with seven points, four rebounds and a team-high four assists in a season-high-tying 26 minutes.
AN OU WIN ON MONDAY WOULD...
• Represent its 16th victory of the season, surpassing the program's win total in each of the previous three years (15 last season, 14 in 2010-11 and 13 in 2009-10).
• Mark its seventh in Big 12 play this season, two more than last season (finished 5-13).
• After posting a 9-4 non-conference record, TCU has gone 1-9 in its inaugural season of Big 12 play for a 10-13 overall mark. The Horned Frogs' lone league victory came at home over then-No. 5 Kansas last Wednesday, 62-55. They are 1-5 in true road games this year with their win coming at Rice on Dec. 22 (65-63). TCU is coming off a 63-50 home loss to West Virginia on Saturday.
• In Big 12 play, TCU ranks second in the league in scoring defense (58.5 ppg), but ranks last in scoring offense (54.3 ppg), field goal percentage (.406), free throw percentage (.591) and rebounding margin (-0.8 rpg).
• Sophomore guard Kyan Anderson leads the team with his 11.3 points, 3.1 assists and 1.5 steals per game, and has made a team-high 31 3-pointers (shooting .337 from long range). A starter in all 23 games, he is averaging a team-high 32.5 minutes an outing. Anderson's career-high 35 points against UAB on Nov. 24 (13-for-20 field goal shooting) stand as the most by a Big 12 player this year.
• Senior forward Garlon Green also averages double figures in scoring (10.3 ppg) and contributes 4.1 rebounds per contest. He ranks second on the squad with 19 3-pointers and is shooting a team-high .373 from long distance. Green scored 31 points in the win at Rice and 20 in the victory over Kansas.
• TCU has been without the services of junior forward Amric Fields since the third game of the year when he sustained a season-ending knee injury against SMU. Fields, the Mountain West Sixth Man of the Year as a sophomore, averaged 9.6 points a game last season. He was a high school teammate of OU junior forward Tyler Neal at Putnam City West in Oklahoma City.
• Senior forward Adrick McKinney averages 8.2 points and a team-high 6.9 rebounds a game. In Big 12 play, he leads the squad with his 9.3 points and 7.0 boards per contest.
• Trent Johnson is in his first year as TCU's head coach. He is in his 14th year overall and owns a 236-198 record. Johnson also coached at Nevada, Stanford and LSU.
OU-TCU SERIES HISTORY
Oklahoma owns an 11-1 all-time record against TCU and is 5-0 in Norman. The Sooners have won the last three meetings, including a 90-66 outcome in the last matchup Dec. 7, 2007, in Fort Worth. TCU's lone win in the series came on Dec. 27, 1986, in the All-College Tournament in Oklahoma City. The unranked Horned Frogs posted a 95-82 win over the sixth-ranked Sooners.
LAST MEETING VS. THE HORNED FROGS
• Oklahoma shot .545 from the field and .522 from 3-point range (12-for-23) in its last meeting against TCU, a 90-66 Sooners win in Forth Worth on Dec. 2, 2007. OU held the Horned Frogs to .354 field goal shooting and posted a 50-33 rebounding advantage at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
• OU got six 3-pointers and 20 points from guard Tony Crocker in the first 20 minutes to take a 45-27 halftime lead. The sophomore finished with a then-career-high 24 points on 8-for-11 field goal and 6-for-7 3-point shooting, and added nine rebounds.
• Freshman forward Blake Griffin tallied 15 points and junior guard Austin Johnson added 13 points, eight rebounds and four assists for the Sooners.
• Henry Salter led TCU with 18 points with the help of 5-for-6 3-point shooting.
OU TEAM UPDATE
• As of Sunday, Oklahoma is ranked 17th out of 347 Division I teams in the CBSSports.com RPI (second best in Big 12 behind No. 10 Kansas), with a strength of schedule ranked No. 5. OU was projected by Joe Lunardi and ESPN.com as a No. 10 NCAA Tournament seed in Friday's "Bracketology" report.
• Four of the Sooners' seven losses have come to teams ranked in last week's AP top-25 (No. 5 Kansas, No. 6 Gonzaga and No. 13 Kansas State [twice] own a combined 61-10 record). Two other defeats came by a combined four points. OU lost by three at Arkansas (led with 15 seconds remaining) and by one to Stephen F. Austin (the Lumberjacks are 20-2 on the year and lead the nation in scoring defense).
• Oklahoma is 8-3 this year in games decided by seven points or fewer. Last year the Sooners finished 4-5 under the circumstance.
• OU has already won more games away from home this year (7-5 record) than it did over the last two seasons combined (6-25 record). Its seven wins away from home are tied with Kansas for the most by a Big 12 team. The Sooners have at least five more opportunities for wins away from Lloyd Noble Center this year (including the Big 12 Championship).
• In six of OU's last seven games, the team that has won the game has not won the rebounding battle.
• OU ranks second in the Big 12 with its .729 season free throw shooting mark and owns the league's top two free throw performances of the year (.947 vs. Texas A&M and .938 vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi). Its .905 effort versus Oklahoma State stands as the Big 12's best in conference action.
• In their five Big 12 home games, the Sooners are outscoring their opponents by 7.0 points per game at the free throw line. OU is 84-for-104 (.808) while opponents are 49-for-76 (.645). Romero Osby, Amath M'Baye and Buddy Hield are shooting a combined .875 (49-for-56) from the free throw line at home in league play.
• In its Big 12 home games, OU is giving up 5.4 3-pointers per game. That's considerably fewer than the 9.0 makes the team is surrendering per league road game. The Sooners have been outscored 135-54 from behind the arc in their five Big 12 road contests.
• In its four Big 12 losses, OU is getting outscored by 15.7 points per game from behind the arc (33 makes for opponents to OU's 12).
• In conference wins, Osby, M'Baye and Hield are averaging a combined 41.0 points and shooting .538 from the field. In conference losses, they are averaging 27.0 points and are shooting .355.
• OU returned its top six scorers and 88 percent of its point production from last season, but in Big 12 play this year newcomers have accounted for 40 percent of OU's points (271 of 672). Three starters from last year (Cameron Clark, Andrew Fitzgerald and Sam Grooms have come off the bench in all but two of their combined 65 games this season).
The Sooners are off until Saturday when they play at Oklahoma State at 12:30 p.m. The game will be televised by the Big 12 Network.