Vanderbilt at Oklahoma
Tip: 3:00 PM (Central)
Location: Lloyd Noble Center (Norman, OK)
The Sooners have never beaten Vanderbilt in their brief series history. The two schools have only faced each other twice before with the last of those contests coming in 1994 as part of the postseason NIT.
SEC/Big 12 Challenge
The Big 12 Conference is looking to get the challenge trophy back in their series with the S.E.C. after losing it for the first time last year.
Oklahoma is 3-2 in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge with previous wins over LSU, Missouri and Texas A&M while falling to Florida and Alabama.
Big 12 teams are 29-21 (.580) in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge.
The Guy Everyone Wants To See
Freshman guard Jamal Bieniemy is coming off a breakout performance against Oklahoma State in which he scored 17 points without a turnover or a missed shot (shot 6-of-6 from the field, 3-of-3 from 3-point range, 2-of-2 at the foul line).
Home Court Advantage
Oklahoma has won 21 of its last 24 games inside Lloyd Noble Center.
The Sooners have won 135 of their last 142 non-conference games in Norman and are 43-4 at LNC against non-conference opponents under Kruger.
Oklahoma is 13-1 when it scores at least 30 points in the first half.
The Sooners are 8-1 when limiting opponents to under 70 points.
Christian James leads Oklahoma (14.5) in scoring with an average of 16.5 points per game. He’s also the team leader in rebounding, just edging out Brady Manek with 7.5 boards per game.
Manek is recording 6.9 rebounds per game and is second on the team in scoring with an average of 11.3 points per game.
Senior guard Aaron Calixte leads the team with 2.9 assists per game.
Oklahoma is averaging 73.4 points per game this season, while opponents are scoring an average of 67.2 points per game.
Scouting The Commodores
Vanderbilt (9-9) is led by Simisola Shittu’s 13.4 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. Both of those are team highs among active players for the Commodores.
Saben Lee (12.8 PPG) and Aaron Nesmith (10 PPG) round out Vandy’s top scorers.
Vanderbilt is averaging 76.9 points per game this season while opponents are scoring 71.9 points per game against them.