Sooners travel to Texas looking for a sweep of the Longhorns and their 10th Big 12 victory of the season.
||Junior Guard/Forward Cameron Clark
Alone in fourth place in the Big 12, Oklahoma (18-8, 9-5) travels to take on Texas (12-15, 4-10) on Wednesday at 8 p.m. CT in Austin. The Sooners, winners of four of their last five, are coming off a 90-76 home victory over Baylor on Saturday. OU is 3-4 in Big 12 road games. The Longhorns are in eighth place in the league and are coming off an 81-69 home loss to Kansas State on Saturday. They are 3-4 in Big 12 home games.
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 calling the action. The game will be televised by ESPN2 with Bob Wischusen, Stephen Bardo and Kaylee Hartung announcing.
FIVE THINGS TO KNOW
• Oklahoma holds a 48-34 all-time advantage over Texas despite the Longhorns taking 13 of the last 16 meetings. OU is a respectable 16-18 against UT in Austin but has lost seven straight there. Its last win at the Erwin Center came in 2005 (74-58).
• The Sooners posted a 73-67 home win over the Longhorns on Jan. 21 that snapped a six-game losing streak in the series. OU shot .481 from the field (tied for highest mark surrendered by Texas this year) versus a UT squad that entered the game allowing foes to shoot just .345. Romero Osby scored a career-high 29 points on 9-for-15 field goal and 10-for-11 free throw shooting while adding eight rebounds and three steals.
• Since a 52-50 loss to Kansas State to start the month of February, OU has increased its point total in each of its last six games (64, 72, 75, 79, 86 and a season-high 90 on Saturday against Baylor). Over the last four outings, the Sooners are shooting .491 from the field while holding opponents to a .383 mark.
• Senior forward Romero Osby has led the team (or tied for the lead) in scoring in nine of its 14 Big 12 games and has scored in double figures in all but one. He is averaging 15.9 points and 7.7 rebounds per game in conference play to rank fifth and fourth in the league, respectively. Osby also ranks fourth with his .516 field goal percentage in Big 12 play. He is averaging 18.7 points and 10.7 rebounds over the last three games (shooting .543 from the field).
• Point guard Sam Grooms has recorded his three highest scoring totals of the season in the last three outings. The senior scored a then-season-high 18 points on 9-for-11 shooting in a Feb. 16 overtime loss at Oklahoma State, responded with 12 points in last Wednesday's win at Texas Tech and registered a career-high 23 points Saturday in a victory over Baylor. Entering the Oklahoma State game, Grooms was averaging 2.5 points per game. He has 53 points over the last three games after totaling 54 in his first 22 outings.
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Romero Osby | Sr. | Forward
• Scored a career-high 29 points and had a game-high eight rebounds on Jan. 21 vs. Texas
• Averaging 18.7 points and 10.7 rebounds over the last three games
• Has led the team or tied for the lead in scoring in nine of its 14 Big 12 games
• Averaging 15.9 points and 7.7 rebounds per contest in conference play
• Texas enters Wednesday's game with a 12-15 record and is in eighth place in the Big 12 with a 4-10 mark. The Longhorns are 10-4 at home this year (3-4 in conference play). Three of their losses on the season have come in overtime and two others (vs. UCLA and at West Virginia) came by two points each. The team's top 11 scorers are freshmen or sophomores.
• The Longhorns rank fifth in the nation in field goal percentage defense (.372) and fourth in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.277). On the offensive end in Big 12 play, Texas ranks seventh out of 10 teams in scoring offense (64.3 ppg), seventh in field goal percentage (.420), last in 3-point field goal percentage (.256) and ninth in free throw percentage (.637).
• Sophomore guard Sheldon McClellan is averaging 13.7 points in 28.0 minutes per game. He has scored in double figures in 22 of 27 games and has attempted a team-high 151 free throws (shooting .808). McClellan is averaging 20.7 points in three games vs. OU.
• Fellow sophomore guard Julien Lewis averages 10.3 points per contest. Coming off a three-point game against Kansas State (played nine minutes), Lewis leads the squad with his 35 3-point makes and ranks second with his .318 3-point field goal percentage.
• Since serving a 23-game NCAA suspension to start the year, sophomore guard Myck Kabongo is averaging 15.5 points and 4.0 assists in his four contests. He is shooting .465 from the field and has already attempted 26 free throws (made 19 for a .731 mark).
• Longhorns head coach Rick Barnes is in his 15th season at Texas and owns a 354-152 record at the school. He is in his 26th season overall and owns a 556-286 career mark. He also coached at Clemson (four years), Providence (six) and George Mason (one).
OU-TEXAS SERIES HISTORY
Oklahoma owns a 48-34 series lead against Texas despite losing 13 of the last 16 meetings. OU is 16-18 against the Longhorns in Austin but has lost seven straight there. Since the start of the Big 12 in 1996-97, OU is 19-21 against Texas (5-11 in Austin).
JAN. 21 VS. THE LONGHORNS
• Oklahoma snapped a six-game Red River Rivalry losing streak with its 73-67 home win over Texas on ESPN Big Monday on Jan. 21. The Longhorns entered the game holding opponents to a national-low .345 field goal mark, but the Sooners posted a .481 figure, tied for the highest by a UT foe on the year (Kansas State shot .481 on Saturday). OU shot .542 in the second half.
• Senior forward Romero Osby scored a career-high 29 points on 9-for-15 field goal and 10-for-11 free throw shooting. He added game highs of eight rebounds, two blocks and three steals (also a career high). He scored the Sooners' last nine points of the first half, taking them from a 24-21 deficit to a 30-26 lead.
• Junior forward Amath M'Baye scored 15 points, six of them on alley-oop dunks. He was 6-for-9 from the field and grabbed five boards in 30 minutes, his most playing time in 12 games.
• Freshman guard Buddy Hield netted 12 points, four rebounds, four assists, two blocks and two steals.
• OU led by four at halftime and extended its advantage to as many as 12 points twice in the second half. Down by 11 with 1:35 to go, Texas trimmed the Sooners' lead to four in a span of 30 seconds, but OU quickly went back up by eight with 26 seconds left.
• After making a basket on their initial possession of the game, the Longhorns committed turnovers on their next eight trips. After committing those eight miscues in the game's first 3:30, Texas committed just seven turnovers the rest of the game.
OU TEAM UPDATE
• As of Monday, Oklahoma is ranked 19th 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. 6 (best in Big 12). OU was projected on Monday by USA Today as a No. 6 NCAA Tournament seed.
• The Sooners have played 14 games away from home and just 12 in Norman. The 12 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). Seven Big 12 teams have played at least 15 home games.
• Oklahoma has already won two more games away from home this year (8-6 record) than it did over the last two seasons combined (6-25 record). Its eight wins away from home rank second in the league (Kansas has won nine). OU is 5-5 in true road games this season after going 1-9 each of the last two years.
• The Sooners own a .436 season field goal percentage but are shooting .491 over the last four games. They've held opponents to a .383 mark during the stretch.
• With 18 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 nine 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 22-6 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 23-3 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 five straight games and in 11 of 14 conference outings. Oklahoma is shooting .452 in Big 12 play (ranks third) while holding foes to a combined .404 mark (ranks third in field goal percentage defense).
• OU leads the Big 12 with its .747 season free throw shooting mark and with its .759 mark in league play. The Sooners own the conference'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). They are shooting .819 over the last five outings.
• In its seven Big 12 home games, OU is shooting .840 from the free throw line and outscoring its opponents by 8.9 points a game there. In seven league road games, the Sooners are shooting .643 and are being outscored by an average of 4.1 points at the stripe.
• In Big 12 play, opponents have made 98 3-pointers to the Sooners' 65. That's a difference of 99 points, or 7.1 per game. In seven conference road games, opponents have made 57 treys to OU's 32 (a difference of 10.7 points per game).
• In conference wins, Romero Osby and Amath M'Baye are averaging a combined 29.7 points and shooting .565 from the field. In conference losses, they are averaging a combined 21.2 points and are shooting .363.
• Oklahoma's bench has outscored opponent reserves by 146 points this season, or 5.6 a game. The OU bench has outscored its counterpart in each of the last eight games and in 11 of 14 conference outings. Three starters from last year (Cameron Clark, Andrew Fitzgerald and Sam Grooms) have come off the bench in all but three of their combined 77 games this season.
The Sooners return home to host Iowa State on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. CT (televised by the Big 12 Network). A Senior Day ceremony will take place before the game for Casey Arent, Andrew Fitzgerald, Sam Grooms, Romero Osby and Steven Pledger.