Baylor at Oklahoma
Tip: 8:00 PM (Central)
Location: Lloyd Noble Center (Norman, OK)
Oklahoma is following up back-to-back big games with a Big Monday match-up with Baylor. The Bears come into Norman having won four in a row. Meanwhile the Sooners find themselves with the opportunity to go on a bit of a streak having won two consecutive games themselves.
OU leads the overall series with Baylor 45-15, and have a 23-5 advantage over the Bears in Norman. The two teams split the series last season.
Oklahoma is 8-7 against Baylor during the Lon Kruger era and have won eight of the last 13 outings.
Finding Their Stride
Since falling behind by 19 points in last week’s Bedlam game (51 game minutes ago), the Sooners have outscored opponents 147 to 88. OU is shooting 50-of-87 (.575) from the field in its last three halves of basketball.
Another Career High
Freshman guard Jamal Bieniemy followed up his career-high 17-point performance in the Bedlam game by having another career game against Vanderbilt. This time it was in assists.
Oklahoma’s newly appointed starting point guard dished out a career-high seven assists.
Crashing The Boards
The Sooners are 12-1 when out rebounding their opponents. In 15 wins this season, OU is winning the rebounding margin by an average of 5.3 boards.
Oklahoma is eighth in the nation in defensive rebounding with 30.3 defensive boards per game. OU’s 40.4 total rebounds per game rank 19th in the country and first in the Big 12.
No Easy Shots
OU’s opponents are shooting 38.8 percent from the field – the second lowest opponent field goal percentage in the conference and 11th nationally.
Oklahoma (15-5, 3-4) is led by senior guard Christian James who ranks fourth the Big 12 in both scoring (16.8) and rebounding (7.4).
Sophomore forward Brady Manek is just on second on the team, in both categories, with averages of 11.5 points and 6.8 rebounds per game.
Bieniemy’s 2.9 assists per game are a team high.
On the season Oklahoma is scoring an average of 74 points per game while opponents are scoring 66.6 points.
Scouting The Bears
Baylor (13-6, 4-2) is led by transfer guard Makai Mason’s 15.5 points per game. Tristan Clark (14.3 PPG) and King McClure (10.5 PPG) are also averaging double figures in scoring.
Sophomore guard Mark Vital leads the way for Baylor in rebounds with an average of 7.3 boards per contest.
The Bears are scoring an average of 72.2 points per game this season, with opponents averaging 64.5 points per game.