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January 25, 2013

A Closer Look At The Oklahoma Sooners

Coming off back-to-back road wins against Texas and Kansas State, No. 2/3 ranked Kansas (17-1; 5-0) returns home to face Oklahoma (13-4; 4-1) on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. (central).

Jayhawk Slant is here to provide you with a closer look at the Oklahoma Sooners.

Oklahoma: The Facts

Located in Norman, Okla., with an enrollment of 30,753, Oklahoma is 13-4 on the season and 4-2 in Big 12 play after its 73-67 win against Texas on Jan. 21. The Sooners are coached by Lon Kruger who is 28-20 in his second season at OU and 507-324 in his 27th season overall. Oklahoma is 7-1 at home, 3-2 on the road and 3-1 on neutral courts in 2012-13. OU averages 69.0 points per game and gives up 62.4 for a +6.6 scoring margin. The Sooners are outrebounding foes 37.5 to 34.6 per game and average 7.1 steals per contest. Oklahoma is third in the Big 12 in free throw percentage at 74.6 percent.

Oklahoma has a deep team as nine players average 15-plus minutes per game. Senior F Romero Osby leads OU in scoring at 14.5 points per game. He is also the team's top rebounder with a 6.5 average and has a team-high 15 blocked shots. Osby is making 82.0 percent of his free throws, which ranks fourth in the Big 12.

Senior G Steven Pledger is also scoring in double figures at 11.0 points per game. He has a team-high 35 three-pointers and his 2.1 three-pointers per game are fifth in the league. Junior F Amath M'Baye is second on the team with a 5.6 rebounding average to complement his 10.2 points per game, which is just ahead of freshman G Buddy Hield's 9.4 scoring average. Hield leads OU with 21 steals and is making 85.2 percent from the free throw line.

Freshman G Je'lon Hornbeak is OU's fifth starter. He scores 5.7 points per contest and is tied with Pledger for second on the team with 19 steals. Off the bench, senior G Sam Grooms (2.7 ppg) leads the team with 45 assists in 2012-13. Other OU regulars include junior G Cameron Clark (6.0 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 86.4 free throw percentage), senior F Andrew Fitzgerald (5.6 ppg) and freshman G Isaiah Cousins (2.7 ppg).

Kansas vs. Oklahoma: The Series

This series between Kansas and Oklahoma dates back to 1920 when both schools were members of the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association and Kansas leads, 138-64. Since 2006, the Jayhawks have won nine-straight against the Sooners. Kansas is 69-16 against Oklahoma in games played in Lawrence and holds a 42-7 advantage in contests in Allen Fieldhouse. Kansas has won the last 11 meetings against OU in Allen Fieldhouse dating back to the 1994 season.

Since the inception of the Big 12 Conference, Kansas is 17-4 against Oklahoma; 15-2 in regular-season play and 2-2 in the Big 12 Championship. Kansas head coach Bill Self is 10-3 all-time against Oklahoma, including 11-1 while at KU. Oklahoma head coach Lon Kruger is 5-12 versus Kansas, including 0-2 while at OU.

A closer look at the Oklahoma Sooners

#00 Ryan Spangler: 6-foot-8, 227-pound forward (So.)

#1 Sam Grooms: 6-foot-1, 203-pound guard (Sr.)

#2 Steven Pledger: 6-foot-4, 219-pound guard (Sr.)

#3 Buddy Hield: 6-foot-3, 199-pound guard (Fr.)

#4 Andrew Fitzgerald: 6-foot-8, 238-pound forward (Sr.)

#5 Je'lon Hornbeak: 6-foot-3, 180-pound guard (Fr.)

#11 Isaiah Cousins: 6-foot-3, 182-pound guard (Fr.)

#13 James Fraschilla: 5-foot-10, 150-pound guard (So.)

#14 Steve Noworyta: 6-foot-7, 200-pound forward (Fr.)

#15 Tyler Neal: 6-foot-7, 229-pound forward (Jr.)

#21 Cameron Clark: 6-foot-6, 208-pound guard (Jr.)

#22 Amath M'Baye: 6-foot-9, 208-pound forward (Jr.)

#24 Romero Osby: 6-foot-8, 232-pound forward (Sr.)

#25 C.J. Cole: 6-foot-6, 225-pound forward (Fr.)

#31 D.J. Bennett: 6-foot-8, 210-pound forward (Jr.)

#32 Casey Arent: 6-foot-10, 223-pound center (Sr.)

Oklahoma Season Statistics

Record: 13-4

Home Record: 7-1

Away Record: 3-2

Neutral Record: 3-1

Big 12 Conference Record: 4-1

National Ranking: NR

Wins: Louisiana-Monroe, UT Arlington, UTEP (Old Spice Classic in Orlando, Fla.), West Virginia (Old Spice Classic in Orlando, Fla.), @ Oral Roberts, Northwestern State, Texas A&M (Oklahoma City, Okla.), Ohio, Texas A&M Corpus Christi, @ West Virginia, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Texas

Losses: Gonzaga (Old Spice Classic in Orlando, Fla.), @ Arkansas, Stephen F. Austin, @ Kansas State

Upcoming games: @ Kansas, @ Baylor, Kansas State, @ Iowa State, Kansas, TCU, @ Oklahoma State, @ Texas Tech, Baylor, @ Texas, Iowa State, West Virginia, @ TCU

Scoring Leaders:

Romero Osby: 14.5

Steven Pledger: 11.0

Amath M'Baye: 10.2

Buddy Hield: 9.4

Cameron Clark: 6.0

Rebounding Leaders:

Romero Osby: 6.5

Amath M'Baye: 5.6

Buddy Hield: 4.8

Steven Pledger: 3.3

Assist Leaders:

Buddy Hield: 2.1

Jeff Hornbeak: 1.5

Steven Pledger: 1.3

Field Goal Shooting Percentage Leaders:

Amath M'Baye: 68-of-134 (50.7)

Romero Osby: 81-of-152 (53.3%)

Buddy Hield: 60-of-145 (41.4%)

Steven Pledger: 62-of-155 (40.0%)

3 point Field Goal Shooting Percentage Leaders

Jeff Hornbeck: 15-of-39 (38.5%)

Steven Pledger: 35-of-97 (36.1%)

Buddy Hield: 17-of-51 (33.3%)

Free-throw Percentage Leaders:

Cameron Clark: 19-of-22 (86.4%)

Buddy Hield: 23-of-27 (85.2%)

Romero Osby: 82-of-100 (82.0%)

Steven Pledger: 28-of-36 (77.8%)

Amath M'Baye: 37-of-52 (71.2%)

Oklahoma Offensive Averages:

Scoring: 1,173 (69.0 PPG)

Scoring Margin: +6.6

Field Goal %: 43 (421-of-979)

3-Point FG %: 32 (81-of-251)

3-Pont FG Made Per Game: 4.8

Free-throw %: 75 (250-of-335)

Free-throws Made Per Game: 14.7

Rebounds: 638 (37.5 per game)

Assists: 208 (12.2 per game)

Turnovers: 216 (12.7 per game)

Turnover Margin: +1.8

Steals: 121 (7.1 per game)

Blocks: 57 (3.4 per game)

Opponent Averages :

Scoring: 1,060 (62.4 PPG)

Field Goal %: 41 (386-of-954)

3-Point FG %: 30 (95-of-314)

3-Pont FG Made Per Game: 5.6

Free-throw %: 70 (193-of-276)

Free-throws Made Per Game: 11.4

Rebounds: 589 (34.6 per game)

Assists: 192 (11.3 per game)

Turnovers: 247 (14.5 per game)

Steals: 109 (6.4 per game)

Blocks: 44 (2.6 per game)

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