Oklahoma vs. Kansas: Full Game Preview

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Oklahoma vs. Kansas: Full Game Preview
Oklahoma
(13-4, 3-3 away)
(3) Kansas
(17-1, 13-1 home)
Venue: Allen Fieldhouse
4:00PM ET / 1:00PM PT, January 26, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Oklahoma R Osby 14.5 R Osby 6.5 S Grooms 2.8
Kansas B McLemore 16.1 J Withey 8.3 E Johnson 4.9

On Saturday, No. 3 Kansas hosts Oklahoma at Allen Fieldhouse. The game gets underway at 4:00 EST and it can be seen on ESPN. The Jayhawks are 5-0 against the Sooners over the last four years. The last time they met (2/1/2012) they won 84-62.

Oklahoma is in 2nd place in the Big 12 and nipping at the heels of Kansas in 1st place. Kansas has won its last 16 games.

In a 59-55 triumph over Kansas State on January 22nd, Travis Releford put up 12 points for the Jayhawks. In addition to a team-leading 1.3 steals per game, he chips in 12.9 points per game. For the Sooners, Romero Osby put up 29 points and 8 rebounds in the 73-67 win over Texas on January 21st. He contributes a team-leading 14.5 points per game, 6.5 rebounds per game, and 0.9 blocks per game.

Kansas looks to have the advantage over Oklahoma in one significant area, blocked shots, where the Jayhawks have an edge over the Sooners, seven per game to three per game.

Oklahoma StatSmack

  • AP voters think more highly of Kansas and have put us in the AP Top 25 more often over the past 10 years than Oklahoma (184 vs 91).
  • The Kansas rebounding leader (Jeff Withey) has more rebounds than the Oklahoma rebounding leader (Romero Osby).
  • We just win. Kansas has more wins over the last 5 years than Oklahoma (175 vs 104).
  • The Kansas assist leader (Elijah Johnson) has more assists than the Oklahoma assist leader (Sam Grooms).
  • Kansas is better under pressure, and has defeated Oklahoma in 4 out of the last 5 games decided by 5 points or fewer.
  • Jeff Withey is ranked 6th in the Big 12 in rebounds and 2nd nationally in blocks.
  • Diaper Dandies love us. Kansas has recruited more McDonald's All-Americans out of high school than Oklahoma (32 vs 7).
  • Kansas is a better three-point shooting team (37.8% vs 31.3%) than Oklahoma this season.
  • Ben McLemore is ranked 3rd in the Big 12 in points and 7th in the Big 12 in three-pointers.
  • We have a history of cultivating talent. Over the past 10 years, Kansas has had more players drafted by the NBA than Oklahoma (16 vs 4).
  • The Kansas blocks leader (Jeff Withey) has more blocks than the Oklahoma blocks leader (Romero Osby).
OU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B+ Romero Osby 25 15 6 1 1 1 1
B Buddy Hield 26 9 5 2 1 0 2
B Steven Pledger 26 11 3 1 1 0 1
B- Amath M`Baye 24 10 6 1 1 1 2
C+ Je`lon Hornbeak 23 6 2 2 1 0 2
C Cameron Clark 17 6 3 1 1 0 1
C A. Fitzgerald 16 6 3 0 1 1 1
C Isaiah Cousins 17 3 2 2 1 0 1
C Sam Grooms 18 3 2 3 0 0 1
D+ Tyler Neal 8 1 2 0 0 0 0
D Casey Arent 6 1 1 0 0 0 0
D J. Fraschilla 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
F C.J. Cole 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
KU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A Ben McLemore 31 16 6 2 1 1 2
A Jeff Withey 30 13 8 1 1 4 2
B+ Travis Releford 33 13 3 3 1 0 2
B Elijah Johnson 31 10 3 5 1 0 3
B Kevin Young 22 8 7 1 1 0 1
C+ Perry Ellis 15 5 4 1 0 0 1
C Naadir Tharpe 18 5 2 2 1 0 1
C Jamari Traylor 11 2 3 0 1 1 1
C A. White III 6 3 2 0 0 0 1
C- Tyler Self 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
C- Evan Manning 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
C- Niko Roberts 3 1 1 1 0 0 1
D+ Rio Adams 4 1 0 1 0 0 0
D+ C. Garrett 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Justin Wesley 4 0 1 0 0 0 0
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