Oklahoma Sooners

Oklahoma Basketball vs. TCU | Here’s What You’ll Want To Know

M. Hofeld

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Date: January 18, 2020

Tip: 1:00 pm

Location: Lloyd Noble Center (Norman, OK)

TV: ESPN+

Oklahoma Basketball has never lost to TCU in Norman and will put that streak on the line this afternoon when they host the Horned Frogs. The Sooners are looking to snap a two-game losing streak and climb back above .500 in conference play. Here’s what you’ll want to know about today’s game.

Series History

The Sooners own a 23-4 all-time record against the Horned Frogs and has won 15 of the last 18 meetings, including the last four in a row. OU leads the series 12-3 since the Frogs joined the Big 12 in 2012. 

Leading The Way

Senior forward Kristian Doolittle is the Big 12’s leading scorer in conference games with averages of 17.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.3 steals in four Big 12 contests. Overall this season, Doolittle is fourth in conference in scoring (16.8 points) and fifth in rebounding (8.8 boards). Doolittle posted two dominant performances against the Horned Frogs last season, totaling 45 points and 20 rebounds on 73.9% shooting in OU’s pair of wins over TCU.

He’s Only A Junior!

Forward Brady Manek is only a junior but it feels like he’s been in Norman much longer. He’s coming off his 50th consecutive game in the OU starting lineup and is approaching a pair of major milestones, sitting at 970 career points and 152 career 3-pointers.

With 30 more points, Manek will become the 46th Sooner to record 1,000 career points. He is also eight 3-pointers away from joining OU’s top-10 list for career 3s. While shooting has always been the bread and butter of Manek’s game, he is continuing to evolve on the defensive end. He is the only Division I player averaging 2.3 made 3-pointers and 1.3 blocks per game this season.

The Youngster Is Heating Up

Freshman guard De’Vion Harmon is coming off back-to-back games of double-digit scoring for the second time this season. After scoring 11 points at Iowa State last Saturday, Harmon was reinserted in the OU starting lineup on Tuesday against Kansas, where he produced 13 points and swiped a pair of steals. Since conference play began, the rookie is averaging 9.8 points and 1.8 steals.

Free Points

OU leads the Big 12 in free throw percentage, making 76.6% of its shots from the foul stripe. The Sooners, who shot free throws at a 69.7% rate in 2018-19, rank 24th in the country in 2019-20. OU boasts the fourth best free throw percentage among schools from major conferences.

The Three Amigos

Oklahoma boasts one of the top scoring groups in the country in Kristian Doolittle (16.8 points per game), Austin Reaves (15.1 points) and Brady Manek (14.3 points). Oklahoma is one of only three major conference teams with three players averaging at least 14 points. 

Protecting The Ball

The Sooners are turning the ball over just 10.4 times per game, which ranks fifth in the nation. Virginia Tech (9.6) and Notre Dame (9.8) are the only major-conference teams turning the ball over less.

Yes, It Really Is That Simple

The Sooners are 10-0 this season when they have a better field goal percentage than their opponents.

Scouting Report

The Horned Frogs are winning games this season by an average score of 70-62. They are grabbing 36.9 rebounds per game and dishing out 16.5 assists, which ranks them 28th nationally.

TCU is led in scoring by senior guard Desmond Bane’s 16.9 points per game. The Frog’s 6-11/259 center Kevin Samuel (10.5 PPG) is pulling down a team-high 9 boards, making him a constant threat for a double-double, and sophomore guard RJ Nembhard is pacing the team with 3.5 assists per game.

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