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

Oklahoma heads to Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday to take on No. 3 Kansas. It takes place at 4:00 EST and you can see it on ESPN. The Sooners are 0-5 against the Jayhawks over the last four years. They lost 84-62 the last time they played (2/1/2012).

Kansas and Oklahoma are neck and neck in the Big 12, holding down 1st and 2nd place, respectively.

The Sooners got past Texas 73-67 on January 21st with the help of 29 points and 8 rebounds from Romero Osby. He leads the team in points with 14.5 per game, rebounds with 6.5 per game, and blocks with 0.9 per game. For the Jayhawks, Travis Releford finished with 12 points in the 59-55 win over Kansas State on January 22nd. He is averaging 12.9 points per game in addition to a team-best 1.3 steals per game.

Kansas has a statistical edge over Oklahoma in one specific area, blocked shots, where the Jayhawks have the upper hand over the Sooners, seven per game to three per game. One category in which Kansas is especially proficient is effective field goal percentage at 53.5, ranking 1st in their conference (and 27th nationally).

Kansas StatSmack

  • Oklahoma players are more experienced than Kansas players (14,199 minutes played vs 10,466 minutes played).
  • The Oklahoma three-point leader (Steven Pledger) has more three-pointers than the Kansas three-point leader (Ben McLemore).
  • Kansas has to pay up to win. The coach for Oklahoma has a much lower base salary than Kansas ($1,683,333 vs $3,375,656).
  • Steven Pledger is ranked 4th in the Big 12 in three-pointers.
  • At least you keep showing up. Oklahoma has an average margin of victory of 10 over Kansas in 20 wins since 1980.
  • You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? Oklahoma currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (956 to 1000) than Kansas, per the NCAA.
  • Oklahoma has more Top 50 Director's Cup finishes than Kansas (16 vs 3)
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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