Date: February 29, 2020
Tip: 3:00 PM
Location: WVU Coliseum
Can Oklahoma make it two wins in a row over Top 25 teams? The absolutely need to! Here’s what you’ll want to know about today’s game against West Virginia.
Oklahoma holds a 11-9 lead in the all-time series with West Virginia. The Mountaineers have had recent momentum in the series, winning five of the last seven matchups.
The Sooners won the most recent meeting, 69-59, on Feb. 8 in Norman.
The Three Amigos
Oklahoma boasts the top scoring trio in the Big 12 and one of the best in the country in senior forward Kristian Doolittle (15.5 points per game), junior forward Brady Manek (14.9) and junior guard Austin Reaves (13.9). All three Sooners rank in the top 11 of the Big 12’s scoring race. The Sooners are 9-2 in games that all three players reach double-digit scoring.
The Man Behind The Mask
Doolittle enters Saturday’s matchup boasting three double-doubles over his last six games. During that six-game stretch, Doolittle is averaging 20.3 points and 8.7 rebounds. Doolittle began the six-game surge with a 27-point, 12-rebound performance in OU’s first matchup with West Virginia. His outing made him the first Sooner to total 27 points and 12 boards in a conference game since Blake Griffin. Doolittle is expected to start for the Sooners on Saturday despite breaking his nose last week at Oklahoma State and undergoing surgery Thursday.
No Slim Margins
Oklahoma is 4-4 in the month of February, yet seven of the eight games have been decided by double figures. Only four of OU’s Big 12 games this season have been determined by less than 10 points, with the closest being a four-point loss at No. 1 Baylor on Jan. 20.
The Simple Keys To Success
The Sooners are 15-1 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 16-6 when holding its opponents to under 80 points.
Oklahoma is 11-1 when it out-rebounds its opponent.
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 (seventh among major-conference teams).
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