Date: February 25, 2020
Tip: 8:00 PM
Location: Chesapeake Energy Arena (OKC)
Following Saturday’s Bedlam loss in Stillwater every game from this point forward is a must win for Oklahoma’s hopes of making the NCAA Tournament. Here’s what you’ll want to know about tonight’s game against Texas Tech.
Oklahoma owns a 39-27 lead in the all-time series with the Red Raiders. The Sooners are 9-8 against Tech in the Lon Kruger era. Texas Tech head coach Chris Beard, in his fourth season in Lubbock, is 5-2 against the Sooners while coaching the Raiders. The home team has won eight of the last nine meetings.
Nearing The Top
Oklahoma ranks third in the Big 12 in scoring during league games, averaging 67.4 points. Only Texas Tech (71.6) and Kansas (69.9) are scoring more in conference play.
Brady Manek is one of the league’s top 3-point shooter during Big 12 play, making 36 treys (2.6 per game) during conference play – good for second in the Big 12. Manek is third in the Big 12 in 3-point percentage, making his long shots at 40.9% clip during league play.
Kristian Doolittle has recorded 27 points and 12 rebounds in two of his last five games. No other Big 12 player has reached those numbers in a game this season while Doolittle has accomplished it twice in a three-game stretch. Blake Griffin is the only other Sooner to ever produce 27 points and 12 rebounds in a Big 12 game.
Doolittle is also second in the Big 12 in free throw percentage by sinking his foul shots at a rate of 83.5%.
Junior guard Austin Reaves is third in scoring among Big 12 newcomers with 14.0 points per game.
The Simple Keys To Success
The Sooners are 14-1 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 15-6 when holding its opponents to under 80 points.
Oklahoma is 10-1 when it out-rebounds its opponent.
OU leads the Big 12 in free throw percentage, making 77.0% of its shots from the foul stripe. The Sooners, who shot free throws at a 69.7% rate in 2018-19, rank 20th in the country in 2019-20 (seventh among major-conference teams).
Scouting The Red Raiders
The Red Raiders (18-9, 9-5) are winning games by an average score of 74-63. They’re pulling down an average of 33.7 rebounds per game and dishing out an average of 15.8 assists (32nd nationally).
Guard Jahmi’us Ramsey leads Texas Tech in scoring with 16.3 points per game. He’s also averaging 1.4 steals. Chris Clarke is pacing the team with 6.6 rebounds per game and is also delivering a team-high 5.0 assists.
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