Date: February 12, 2020
Tip: 8:00 pm
Location: Lloyd Noble Center
The Sooners have the opportunity to keep climbing tonight when they host the (10-13, 3-7) Iowa State Cyclones. Coming off an upset win over West Virginia last Saturday, Oklahoma is now on the topside of the NCAA Tournament bubble at 15-8 and 5-5 in the Big 12.
Here’s what you’ll want to know about tonight’s game.
OU leads the overall series against ISU, 116-91. The Sooners hold a 65-24 advantage for games played in Norman. However, the Cyclones have won six of the last seven meetings including an 81-68 decision in Ames last month.
The Three Amigos
Oklahoma boasts the top scoring trio in the Big 12 and one of the best in the country in junior forward Brady Manek (15.8 points per game), senior forward Kristian Doolittle (14.7) and junior guard Austin Reaves (14.3). All three Sooners rank in the top 11 of the Big 12’s scoring race. Oklahoma and Arkansas are the only major-conference schools with three players averaging over 14 points.
Doolittle is coming off one of his most dominant performances of the season, scoring 27 points and grabbing 12 rebounds to lead the Sooners past No. 13 West Virginia on Saturday. He joins Blake Griffin as the only Sooners to total 27 points and 12 rebounds in a Big 12 Conference game.
Home Sweet Home
The Sooners will look to continue to defend home court on Wednesday, boasting a 10-1 home record (9-1 at Lloyd Noble Center). Oklahoma has won 13 of its last 14 home games. The Sooners have won their last three games at the LNC by a combined 43 points.
The Simple Keys To Success
The Sooners are 13-1 this season when they have a better field goal percentage than their opponents. Their only loss when owning a better field goal percentage was on the road at No. 1 Baylor.
OU is 14-5 when holding its opponents to under 80 points.
Oklahoma is 9-1 when it out-rebounds its opponent.
OU leads the Big 12 in free throw percentage, making 76.8% of its shots from the foul stripe. The Sooners, who shot free throws at a 69.7% rate in 2018-19, rank 26th in the country in 2019-20 (sixth among major-conference teams).
Iowa State is winning games this season by an average score of 74-72. They’re grabbing 35 rebounds and recording 12.9 assists per game.
The Cyclones were dealt a major blow with the loss of guard Tyrese Haliburton for the remainder of the season. He was averaging team highs in assists (6.5), rebounds (5.9), and steals (2.5) per game.
Guard Rasir Bolton is ISU’s leading scorer with an average of 15.3 points per game.
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