Oklahoma Sooners

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

M. Hofeld

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Date: March 7, 2020

Tip: 5:00 PM

Location:  Schollmaier Arena

TV: ESPN2

Absolutely zero room for error and playing a true road game, a situation where they’ve only one three times this season. What could go wrong.

Here’s what you’ll want to know about Oklahoma’s game at TCU.

The Series

OU owns a 24-4 all-time record against the Horned Frogs and has won 16 of the last 19 meetings, including the last five in a row. OU leads the series 13-3 since the Frogs joined the Big 12 in 2012. 

The Sooners lead the series 10-2 for games played in Fort Worth. OU has won five of its last six games at TCU with the only loss in that span coming in 2017.

Head-To-Head

Two of the top four scorers in the Big 12 will go head-to-head when TCU’s Desmond Bane (16.4 points, 2.9 3-pointers) faces off with OU’s Kristian Doolittle (15.8 points, 8.9 rebounds).

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 (15.8 points per game), junior forward Brady Manek (14.7) and junior guard Austin Reaves (13.8). All three Sooners rank in the top 10 of the Big 12’s scoring race. The Sooners are 10-3 in games that all three players reach double-digit scoring. 

Still In The Hunt

Oklahoma is in pursuit of its seventh NCAA Tournament bid in the last eight years. OU has reached the Big Dance six times since 2013. Duke, Kansas, Michigan State, North Carolina and Villanova are the only major-conference schools who have made it to more NCAA Tournaments in that span. A win today would go a long way in helping the resume for Selection Sunday. Since 2015, every Big 12 team that has finished with a .500-or-better Big 12 record has made the NCAA Tournament.

The Simple Keys To Success

The Sooners are 16-1 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 17-7 when holding its opponents to under 80 points.

Oklahoma is 11-1 when it out-rebounds its opponent.

Oklahoma is 6-1 this season when sophomore guard Jamal Bieniemy scores at least 10 points.

Free Points

OU leads the Big 12 in free throw percentage, making 76.5% of its shots from the foul stripe. The Sooners, who shot free throws at a 69.7% rate in 2018-19, rank 22nd in the country in 2019-20 (fifth among major-conference teams).

Scouting The Frogs

TCU (16-14, 7-10) is winning games by an average score of 66-65. They’re pulling down an average of 35.1 rebounds per game and dishing out an average of 14.5 assists.

Guard Desmond Bane is pacing the Frogs with 16.4 points per game and he’s dishing a team-high 3.8 assists. Center Kevin Samuel leads the team with 8.4 rebounds per game.

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