OU goes for eighth Big 12 win and season sweep of Red Raiders.
||Senior Forward Romero Osby
Tied with Baylor and Iowa State for fourth place in the Big 12, Oklahoma (16-8, 7-5) plays at Texas Tech (9-14, 2-10) on Wednesday at 6 p.m. CT. The Sooners, coming off an 84-79 overtime loss at Oklahoma State on Saturday, have won seven games away from home this season. The Red Raiders are coming off a 66-64 loss at West Virginia, their sixth consecutive defeat. They are 8-9 at home on the year.
ON THE AIR
Wednesday's contest will air on the Sooner Radio Network (KOKC 1520 AM in Oklahoma City; KTBZ 1430 AM in Tulsa) with Toby Rowland and Mike Houck announcing. The game will be televised nationally by ESPNU with Carter Blackburn and Reid Gettys calling the action.
FIVE THINGS TO KNOW
• Oklahoma owns a 32-20 all-time record against Texas Tech and is 10-13 in the series in games played in Lubbock. The Red Raiders have won the last three meetings in Lubbock, including last year's 65-47 decision (Tech's only conference win in Big 12 play last season).
• The Sooners shot .577 from the field and scored 47 points in the second half of an 81-63 home win over Texas Tech on Jan. 16. Five OU players scored in double figures (lone time this season), and the team's 81 points still stand as their most of the Big 12 season.
• Oklahoma has already won more games away from home this year (7-6 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. OU is 4-5 in true road games this season (went 1-9 each of the last two years).
• Entering Tuesday, OU has the easiest remaining schedule in the league in terms of opponent winning percentage in conference play. The Sooners' six remaining opponents are a combined 26-47 (.356) in Big 12 play. Kansas State's remaining opponents are 22-38 (.367) in league action, Kansas' are 32-41 (.438), Oklahoma State's are 36-38 (.486), Texas' are 36-37 (.493), Texas Tech's are 37-36 (.507), TCU's and Iowa State's are 40-33 (.548), Baylor's are 42-32 (.568) and West Virginia's are 39-21 (.650). Only two of OU's remaining opponents have a better-than-.500 record (Baylor and Iowa State are each 7-5) and the Sooners play both in Norman.
• Senior forward Romero Osby has led (or tied for the lead) the team in scoring in nine of its 12 Big 12 games and has scored in double figures in all but one. He is averaging 15.3 points and 7.6 rebounds per game in conference play to rank seventh and fourth in the league, respectively. Osby also ranks sixth with his .496 field goal percentage in Big 12 play.
| Sooner to Watch
Sam Grooms | Sr. | Guard
• Coming off a career-high 18-point game at Oklahoma State Saturday (9-for-11 FGs)
• Also recorded a team-high 4 assists Saturday (played season-high 35 minutes)
• Has a team-high 57 assists (2.5 per game) against 23 turnovers for a 2.5 ratio
• Averaging 3.1 points and 1.5 rebounds in 17.1 minutes per game on the year
PREVIEWING TEXAS TECH
• Texas Tech enters Wednesday's game with a 9-14 overall record and a 2-10 Big 12 mark (ninth place). The Red Raiders began league play with a 2-4 record but have lost their last six by an average of 15.7 points. They are coming off a 66-64 loss at West Virginia on Saturday in which they shot 18 free throw attempts to the Mountaineers' 41.
• In Big 12 play, the Red Raiders are shooting .380 from the field (rank ninth), .294 from 3-point range (rank eighth) and .674 from the free throw line (rank seventh). They are allowing opponents to shoot .468 from the field (rank last in league) and .395 from behind the 3-point line (rank ninth). Texas Tech ranks last in the league with its -5.4 rebounding margin per game.
• Junior forward Jaye Crockett leads the Red Raiders in scoring (12.1 ppg) and rebounding (7.0 rpg) despite coming off the bench in 20 of 23 games and averaging only 25.6 minutes. Coming off an 18-point effort at West Virginia, Crockett is shooting .515 from the field and .775 from the free throw line. He is averaging 9.3 points on .429 shooting in Big 12 play.
• Forward Jordan Tolbert, who led Tech with his 11.7 points and 5.7 rebounds per game last year as a freshman, is averaging 9.2 points and 5.6 boards in 21.8 minutes a game this year. He is shooting .533 from the field.
• Junior forward Dejan Kravic ranks third on the squad in scoring (9.0 pg) and rebounding (5.2 rpg) while shooting .506 from the floor. Standing 6-11, he is averaging a team-high 1.3 blocked shots per game.
• Freshman guard Josh Gray averages 8.8 points and team highs of 3.2 assists and 2.0 steals (ranks second in Big 12). He is averaging 7.4 points in Big 12 action. Like Tolbert, he has started all 23 games on the year.
• Texas Tech is under the direction of interim head coach Chris Walker, who replaced Billy Gillispie in October. A 1992 Villanova graduate, Walker was the Red Raiders' associate head coach last season.
OU-TEXAS TECH SERIES HISTORY
Oklahoma owns a 32-20 series lead over Texas Tech and has won eight of the last 12 meetings. OU is 10-13 against the Red Raiders in Lubbock and has lost three straight there. Since the start of the Big 12 in 1996-97, OU is 23-12 against Texas Tech (9-7 in Lubbock).
JAN. 16 VS. THE RED RAIDERS
• Oklahoma shot .577 from the field and scored 47 points in the second half of a 81-63 home win over Texas Tech. OU's 81 points were its second most of the season (scored 85 in the season opener against ULM).
• For the lone time this season, five Sooners scored in double figures. It was just the third time that at least four Sooners scored at least 10 points in a contest on the year.
• Senior forward Romero Osby and freshman guard Buddy Hield were extremely productive in the second half, combining for 29 points (on 9-for-12 field goal shooting), nine rebounds and four assists without committing a turnover.
• Osby finished with a team-high 17 points in just 22 minutes. He was 5-for-7 from the field and grabbed six rebounds.
• Hield registered 16 points and a team-high seven rebounds to go along with three assists, a block and two steals (and no turnovers). He was 4-for-5 from the floor in the second half and made all seven of his free throw attempts for the game.
• Senior forward Andrew Fitzgerald scored a season-high-tying 12 points off the bench on 5-for-7 shooting in just 15 minutes.
• The 18-point margin of victory was the largest for OU against a conference opponent in four seasons (has since beaten TCU by 27).
OKLAHOMA TEAM UPDATE
• As of Tuesday, Oklahoma is ranked 17th out of 347 Division I teams in the CBSSports.com RPI (second best in Big 12 behind No. 6 Kansas), with a strength of schedule ranked No. 4 (best in Big 12). OU was projected on Monday by CBSSports.com and USA Today as a No. 7 NCAA Tournament seed.
• With 16 wins, OU has already surpassed its victory total from each of the last three years. The Sooners won 13 games in 2009-10, 14 in 2010-11 and 15 last season. OU's seven Big 12 wins are also its most since 2009 (won four in 2010 and five each of the last two years).
• The seven teams who have beaten OU this year have combined for an average overall record of 20-5 on the season and four are ranked in the top 15 of this week's AP poll. The Sooners have lost by one, two and three points, and once in overtime. Two of the defeats against non-ranked teams 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 21-3 and lead the nation in scoring defense).
• Oklahoma is 8-4 this year in games decided by seven points or fewer. Last year the Sooners finished 4-5 under the circumstance.
• The Sooners have shot better from the field than their opponent in nine of 12 conference games. Oklahoma is shooting .445 in Big 12 play (ranks third) while holding opponents to a combined .407 mark (OU ranks fourth in field goal percentage defense).
• OU ranks second in the Big 12 with its .737 season free throw shooting mark and owns the league's top three free throw performances of the year (1.000 vs. TCU, .947 vs. Texas A&M and .938 vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi). It is shooting .824 over the last three outings.
• In their six Big 12 home games, the Sooners are shooting .831 from the free throw line and outscoring their opponents by 6.3 points a game there. In six league road games, they are shooting .632 and are being outscored by an average of 4.3 points at the stripe.
• In Big 12 play, opponents have made 83 3-pointers to the Sooners' 50. That's a difference of 99 points, or 8.3 per game. In six conference road games, opponents have made 51 treys to OU's 24 (a difference of 13.5 points per game).
• In conference wins, Romero Osby and Amath M'Baye are averaging a combined 29.6 points and shooting .575 from the field. In conference losses, they are averaging a combined 21.2 points and are shooting .363.
• 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 39 percent of OU's points (322 of 826). Three starters from last year (Cameron Clark, Andrew Fitzgerald and Sam Grooms have come off the bench in all but two of their combined 71 games this season).
The Sooners return home to host Baylor on Saturday at 4 p.m. The game will be televised by ESPNU.