Kansas State at Oklahoma
Tip: 6:00 PM (Central)
Location: Lloyd Noble Center (Norman, OK)
Moving On Up
After going 1-1 last week Oklahoma continued to move up in the polls. The Sooners lost on the road to #8 Texas Tech but picked up a home win over #25 TCU. In this week’s AP Poll OU moved up three spots to #20.
Oklahoma senior guard Christian James ranks fourth in the Big 12 in scoring. Averaging 16.8 points per game this season, James is just 17 points shy of becoming the 45th OU player to eclipse 1,000 career points.
Leading The Charge
Oklahoma is 2-2 in Big 12 play due, in large part, to the efforts of Kristian Doolittle. His game-winning shot on Saturday protected OU’s perfect home court record this season. Doolittle has emerged as a team leader in conference play, averaging 15.3 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.8 steals. He’s shooting 53% from the floor and has scored double figures in five of Oklahoma’s last six games.
Oklahoma holds a 63-27 advantage over Kansas State in Norman and leads the all-time series against the Wildcats 108-99.
Sixteen games in, tonight will mark the first this season that the Sooners have played back-to-back games at home.
Crash The Boards
The Sooners are 11-1 when out-rebounding their opponents. In its 13 wins, Oklahoma is winning the rebounding margin by an average of 6.2 boards.
Defense Leads The Way
Oklahoma’s opponents are shooting 37.7 percent from the field – the second lowest opponent field goal percentage in the conference and ninth nationally.
In addition, the Sooners lead the nation in defensive rebounding with 32.0 defensive boards per game. OU’s 42.7 total rebounds per game rank eighth in the country.
James is Oklahoma’s leading scorer, with an average of 16.8 eight points per game, but he’s also the leading rebounder, pulling down an average of 7.7 boards per contest.
Brady Manek is right on the heels of James, in terms of rebounding, with an average of 7.4 boards per night. He’s also second on the team in scoring with an average of 11.6 points per game.
The Sooners are scoring an average of 74.4 points per game and holding opponents to an average score of 66.7 points.
Scouting The Wildcats
Kansas State (12-4, 2-2) is led in scoring by senior guard Barry Brown’s 15.2 points per game. He’s one of four Wildcat players averaging double figures. Dean Wade (12.4 PPG), Kamau Stokes (10.9 PPG), and Xavier Sneed (10.1 PPG) all round out KSU’s top scorers.
Wade, who is also the team’s leading rebounder (7.9 RPG) has been absent from the K-State lineup for the last six games but is expected to return tonight against the Sooners. He was the preseason selection for Big 12 Player of the Year.
The Wildcats are scoring an average of 65.1 points per game and holing opponents to 59.4 points per game, which is the 5th lowest total in the nation.