No. 21 Sooners Set for Meeting with WVU
February 5, 2014INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
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FIVE THINGS TO KNOW
• Wednesday’s game will feature four of the Big 12’s top nine scorers on the season. West Virginia guards Juwan Staten (18.0) and Eron Harris (17.0) rank second and fourth in the league, while OU guard Buddy Hield (17.0) and forward Cameron Clark (16.1) rank fifth and ninth. In Big 12 play, Staten leads the league (20.4 ppg) while Hield ranks third (18.7).
• Oklahoma’s 7-3 record away from home is the best in the Big 12 (3-2 in true road games, 4-1 at neutral sites). OU is 3-2 in Big 12 road games after going 3-6 last season and a combined 2-16 the previous two years. Hield is averaging 20.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists in Big 12 road play while shooting .507 from the field and .475 from long range (19-for-40).
• Sophomore forward Ryan Spangler has performed at an All-Big 12 level the past seven games, averaging 12.4 points and 13.3 rebounds while shooting .529 from the field and .821 from the free throw line. He has six double-digit rebounding efforts in those seven games (nine boards in the other), and has grabbed at least 14 rebounds in four of the seven. At 11.1 points and 10.2 rebounds a contest on the season, Spangler is the only player in the Big 12 and one of just 15 nationally to average a double-double (one of just four players in the Atlantic Coast, American, Big 12, Big East, Big Ten, Pac-12 and Southeastern Conferences combined). His nine double-doubles lead the Big 12 and he has shot at least 50 percent from the field in 20 of 22 games. He is shooting .833 (35-for-42) from the free throw line in Big 12 play (ranks fourth in league) after shooting just .540 (27-for-50) in pre-conference action.
• Hield has led OU in scoring in six of its nine Big 12 games (four of the last five) and has finished with at least 16 points in seven league contests. The sophomore guard ranks second in the league with his 3.2 treys per Big 12 contest and is shooting .429 from behind the arc in those games. Hield has scored in double figures in 21 of 22 outings this season after doing it just seven times all of his freshman year.
PREVIEWING WEST VIRGINIA
• Three West Virginia players average double figures in points and two of them rank among Big 12’s top four scorers. Junior point guard Juwan Staten averages 18.0 points (ranks second in league) and a Big 12-high 6.0 assists to go along with 5.8 rebounds and a team-high 1.3 steals per game. He ranks second in the Big 12 in free throws made (119) and attempted (165), and is coming off a career-high 35-point game versus Kansas State (18-for-21 from the foul line) that helped him be named Big 12 Player of the Week. Sophomore guard Eron Harris is averaging 17.0 points with the help of 2.6 3-pointers per game and a .423 3-point field goal percentage (both rank third in the league). Sophomore Terry Henderson, another guard, contributes 12.2 points per outing and is shooting .366 from behind the arc (1.6 makes per game).
• The Mountaineers are under the direction of seventh-year head coach Bob Huggins, who owns a 146-84 record at West Virginia. The 1977 WVU graduate is in his 32nd season overall and owns a 736-295 career mark.
• Oklahoma is the only team in the country to start the same lineup every game this season while having all five of those players average double figures in scoring. The quintet has accounted for 79 percent of the team’s points on the year. No other Big 12 team has started the same lineup every game this season.
• In Big 12 play, Oklahoma paces all squads with its .775 free throw percentage. The Big 12 single-season record for conference play is .798 by OU in 2002. The Sooners have shot better from the free throw line than their opponent in eight of nine Big 12 games.
• After averaging 70.6 points per game last season, this year’s Sooners are averaging 83.5 points to rank ninth nationally. The last time OU averaged more than 80.0 points per game for an entire season was in 1994-95 (81.7 ppg in Kelvin Sampson’s first year as head coach).
• In OU’s first four Big 12 games it gave up an average of 82.3 points. In its last five games it has given up an average of 71.0.
• OU has had at least five double-digit scorers in eight games this season after it accomplished the feat three times all of last year.
• Oklahoma leads the Big 12 with its 8.6 treys per game in league action. It made a league-high 13 at Texas and vs. Iowa State.
• Despite standing just 6-8, sophomore forward Ryan Spangler has won the opening tip in 14 of 22 games this year.
• Spangler has recorded 13 double-digit rebounding games, compared to seven by last year’s entire roster.
• OU reached the 80-point mark seven times last season. This year’s Sooners have already hit 80 points in 14 of 22 games.
• As a junior last year, Cameron Clark attempted one 3-point field goal (he made it). This season, he is 23-for-53 (.434) from deep.
• Clark joined OU’s 1,000-point club Dec. 30 against Louisiana Tech and ranks 29th on the all-time scoring list with 1,122 points.
• Freshman Jordan Woodard ranks third in the Big 12 in free throw makes (118) and attempts (154). Named the Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of the Week on Dec. 17, Woodard has attempted 10 or more free throws seven times. Interestingly, 73 percent of his free throw attempts have come after halftime. Woodard is averaging 11.3 points and 4.6 assists (leads all Big 12 freshmen and sophomores) while ranking fourth in the league in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.1) and ninth in free throw percentage (.766).
• After averaging 2.7 points last season and never scoring more than 10 points in a game prior to Nov. 22 of this year, sophomore guard Isaiah Cousins has scored in double figures in 11 of the last 19 contests. Cousins shot .279 from the field and .250 (10 makes) from 3-point distance a year ago but is shooting .451 and .382 (21 makes) this season.
• Senior forward Tyler Neal registered no double-digit scoring games last season but has six this year (scored a season-high 15 two games ago against Oklahoma State). He is shooting .489 from the field and .450 from 3-point range (18-for-40) after shooting .214 and .261 last season.