Oklahoma vs. Virginia
Tip: 6:45 PM (Central)
Location: Colonial Life Arena (Columbia, SC)
Line: -11 UVA
The Cavaliers own a 2-1 advantage in the all-time series with the Sooners.
Oklahoma is 2-2 when facing a No. 1 seed since the tournament field expanded to at least 64 teams in 1985, but this is the first time facing a No. 1 seed during the first weekend. The Sooners most recently faced a top seed when Oklahoma defeated Oregon in the 2016 Elite Eight.
Leaving His Mark On The Program
Senior guard Christian James scored 20 points in Friday’s 95-72 win over Ole Miss. It was his team-leading seventh 20-point showing and also elevated him into the top 30 on OU’s all-time career scoring list. James ranks 30th in program history with 1,196 career points.
Kristian Doolittle produced a 19-point/15-rebound performance on Friday, marking eight straight games where he’s scored at least 14 points. During that stretch he’s averaging 17.6 points, 9.5 rebounds and shooting 51.6 percent.
James is pacing the Sooners in scoring, with an average of 14.6 points per game, followed by Brady Manek (12.2 PPG) and Doolittle (11.4 PPG).
Doolittle is also leading the team in rebounding with an average of 7.2 boards per game.
Freshman guard Jamal Bieniemy is leading the way in assists with an average of 3.5 dimes per game.
On the season Oklahoma is averaging 71.9 points per game while giving up 68.3 points per game to opponents.
Scouting the Cavaliers
Virginia (30-3) is led in scoring by guards Kyle Guy and De’Andre Hunter who are averaging 15.4 points per game each. Fellow guard Ty Jerome is the third UVA player averaging double figures in scoring with an average of 13 points per game.
Braxton Key is pulling down 5.4 rebounds per game to lead the Cavilers and Jerome is dishing out a team-high 5.4 dimes per game.
Virginia is scoring an average of 71.8 points per game and boast the nation’s top defense, holding opponents to an average of just 55.1 points per game.