Date: January 11, 2020
Tip: 7:00 pm
Location: Hilton Coliseum (Ames, IA)
After securing the first win in Austin, Texas since 2015 on Wednesday night the Oklahoma is chasing an even bigger prize tonight. The Sooners haven’t won at Hilton Coliseum since 2011. A win over Iowa State would not only snap that streak but it would also put OU at a 3-0 start to conference play with Kansas coming to Norman on Tuesday.
Here’s what you’ll want to know about tonight’s game against the Cyclones.
OU leads the overall series against ISU, 116-88, but the Cyclones hold a 52-37 advantage for games played in Ames and have won five of the last six games in the series.
High School Reunion
Oklahoma junior guard Alondes Williams attended Riverside High School in Milwaukee, Wis., alongside Iowa State junior guard Terrence Lewis, where they were coached by Lewis’ father Tyrone.
No Strangers To The Road
The Sooners’ five wins away from home this season (three neutral-site, two true road) are tied for the second most in the Big 12.
The Three Amigos
Oklahoma boasts one of the top scoring groups in the country in Kristian Doolittle (17.3 points per game), Austin Reaves (16.1 points) and Brady Manek (14.4 points). Oklahoma is one of only three major conference teams with three players averaging at least 14 points. The Sooners are also one of four major-conference schools with a pair of players scoring at least 16 points per game.
OU leads the Big 12 in free throw percentage, making 77.4% of its shots from the foul stripe. The Sooners, who shot free throws at a 69.7% rate in 2018-19, rank 15th in the country in 2019-20. OU boasts the fourth best free throw percentage among schools from major conferences.
Taking Care Of The Ball
The Sooners are turning the ball over just 10.5 times per game, which ranks fifth in the nation. Notre Dame (9.6) and Virginia Tech (9.9) are the only major-conference teams turning the ball over less.
What’s At Stake
Oklahoma is off to its first 2-0 start in Big 12 play since the 2017-18 season. A win tonight would give the Sooners their first 3-0 conference start since 2013.
The Cyclones are winning games this season by an average score of 78-72. They are grabbing 35.8 rebounds per game and dishing out 16.6 assists, which ranks them 29th nationally.
Sophomore guard Tyrese Haliburton leads the team in scoring at a pace of 16.7 points per game. He’s also pacing Iowa State in assists with 7.7 per game. Senior forward Michael Jacobson (8.2 ppg) is pulling down a team high 6.1 rebounds per game.
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