Kansas vs. Oklahoma: Full Game Preview

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Kansas vs. Oklahoma: Full Game Preview
(5) Kansas
(19-3, 5-1 away)
Oklahoma
(14-7, 10-2 home)
Venue: Lloyd Noble Center
4:00PM ET / 1:00PM PT, February 09, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Kansas B McLemore 16.3 J Withey 8.3 E Johnson 4.7
Oklahoma R Osby 13.8 R Osby 6.5 S Grooms 2.5

On Saturday, No. 5 Kansas travels to Lloyd Noble Center to take on Oklahoma. Tipoff is at 4 p.m. EST and you can catch it on ESPN. The Jayhawks defeated the Sooners 67-54 on Jan. 26 and are 6-0 against them over the past four years.

Kansas is first in the Big 12 and Oklahoma is in fifth. Both teams continue to jockey for position.

In their last matchup on Feb. 6, Ben McLemore put up 15 points and 9 rebounds for the Jayhawks in a loss to TCU, 62-55. He leads the team with 16.3 points per game. For the Sooners, Andrew Fitzgerald put up 12 points and 7 rebounds in the 83-64 loss to Iowa State on Feb. 4. He contributes 3.3 rebounds per game in addition to his 5.9 points per game.

In terms of team stats, Kansas has an advantage in a single key area, blocked shots, where the Jayhawks have an edge over the Sooners, 7 per game to 3 per game.

Oklahoma StatSmack

  • The Kansas blocks leader (Jeff Withey, 92 blocks) has more blocks than the Oklahoma blocks leader (Romero Osby, 19 blocks).
  • The only thing that matters. Kansas has more NCAA Championships over the last 10 years than Oklahoma (1 vs 0).
  • Even computers respect Kansas more. We have a better RPI this season than Oklahoma (RPI: #8 vs #20).
  • Better not leave your building. Kansas has a better record on the road than Oklahoma this season (5-1 vs 4-4).
  • Kansas has more Final Four appearances over the last 10 years than Oklahoma (3 vs 0).
  • How does our back look? Kansas is ranked higher than Oklahoma in the Big 12 (#1 vs #5).
  • People just expect us to beat you. Kansas has been the favorite 20 out of the last 24 times.
  • Kevin Young is ranked 9th in the Big 12 in rebounds.
  • We're so much better than you, we get lazy. Kansas has come back to win after being down at half against Oklahoma 3 times since 1997.
  • The Kansas basketball team finishes what they start, with a better graduation rate than Oklahoma (80% vs 55%).
  • Kansas is a better three-point shooting team (35.5% vs 30.9%) than Oklahoma this season.
KU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A Ben McLemore 32 17 6 2 1 1 2
A Jeff Withey 31 13 8 1 1 4 2
B+ Travis Releford 34 12 4 3 1 0 2
B Kevin Young 22 8 7 1 1 0 1
B Elijah Johnson 31 9 3 5 1 0 3
C Perry Ellis 14 4 4 1 0 0 1
C Naadir Tharpe 18 5 2 2 1 0 1
C Jamari Traylor 10 2 3 0 1 1 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 0 1 0 0 0 0
C- A. White III 6 3 1 0 0 0 1
D+ Rio Adams 4 1 0 0 0 0 0
D+ C. Garrett 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Justin Wesley 4 0 1 0 0 0 0
OU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B+ Romero Osby 26 14 7 1 1 1 1
B Buddy Hield 27 9 5 2 1 0 2
B Steven Pledger 26 11 3 1 1 0 1
B Amath M`Baye 25 11 6 1 1 1 2
C A. Fitzgerald 16 6 3 0 1 1 1
C Je`lon Hornbeak 23 5 3 2 1 0 2
C Cameron Clark 16 6 3 0 1 0 1
C Isaiah Cousins 17 3 2 2 1 0 1
C Sam Grooms 17 3 2 2 0 0 1
D+ Tyler Neal 8 1 2 0 0 0 0
D Casey Arent 5 1 1 0 0 0 0
D J. Fraschilla 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
D- Steve Noworyta 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
F C.J. Cole 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
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