OU-Arkansas Preview

Sooners Illustrated breaks down OU's next basketball game at 7 p.m. tonight.

The matchup:

Coming off an 0-for-3 campaign in Maui that featured losses to Kentucky, Virginia and Chaminade, the Sooners head to Fayetteville, Ark., to take on the Arkansas Razorbacks (3-1). It will be OU's first true road game of the season and fourth game away from Lloyd Noble Center.

Projected starters:

Oklahoma:

F  4   Andrew Fitzgerald (6-8, 231, So., 13.3 ppg, 5.2 rpg)

F  5   C.J. Washington (6-7, 209, Jr., 2.6 ppg, 4.2 rpg)   

G  14  Carl Blair (6-2, 209, So., 5.8 ppg, 3.3 apg)

G  21  Cameron Clark (6-6, 189, Fr., 5.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg)

G  34  Cade Davis (6-5, 209, Sr., 16.7 ppg, 5.2 rpg)

Arkansas

F  5   Glenn Bryant (6-7, 190, So., 5.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg)

F  21  Delvon Johnson (6-9, 220, Sr., 10.8 ppg, 8.8 rpg)   

G  12  Marcus Britt (6-3, 198, Sr., 6.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg)

G  15  Rotnei Clarke (6-0, 184, Jr., 15.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg)

G  23  Julysses Nobles (6-1, 170, So., 8.8 ppg, 4.5 apg)

History of the series:

Arkansas leads it 13-11, although recently OU has dominated the non-conference battle between these two squads, winning six of the past seven. That includes a 67-47 decision last year in which OU trailed by eight in the first half before storming on a 17-2 run to finish the first 20 minutes and never looked back. This will be the 11th meeting in Fayetteville and 25th matchup overall between the schools. The ‘Hogs have won seven of 10 on their home floor against the Sooners.

1998-99 in Norman:

Oklahoma won 87-57 -- Unranked OU beat No. 19 Arkansas behind 13-for-26 3-point shooting

 

1999-00 in Fayetteville:

Oklahoma won 66-52 -- OU snapped Arkansas' 22-game non-conference home winning streak

 

2000-01 in Norman:

Oklahoma won 88-79 in OT -- No. 18 OU rallied from nine down to force overtime vs. the No. 25 Hogs

 

2001-02 in Fayetteville:

Oklahoma won 69-54 -- Ebi Ere's 29 points were the most during OU's Final Four season

 

2007-08 in Norman:

Oklahoma won 83-72 -- OU nailed 11 treys and overcame 24 Arkansas offensive rebounds

 

2008-09 in Fayetteville: 

Arkansas won 96-88 -- Willie Warren scored 35 but Hogs shot .517 from field and led by as many as 25

 

2009-10 in Norman:

Oklahoma won 67-47 -- OU sandwiched a 31-5 run around halftime; Tony Crocker had 16 points, 16 boards

Update on the Sooners:

--OU lost its three games in the Maui Invitational by an average margin of 11.33 points per game, while shooting 45.5 percent from the field, 30 percent from 3-point range and only 58.7 from the charity stripe.

--The Sooners' 58.7 percent free throw shooting in the tournament came as somewhat of a surprise as they left Norman hitting 80.6 percent of their attempts in their first three outings. Overall, they are 71.7 percent so far this season.

--Guard Cade Davis is leading OU with 16.7 points per game, netting 20.8 points per game over his last four contests. He needs only five more threes to move into the top 10 on OU's all-time list, and he leads the Big 12 with 3.2 treys per contest. Davis is fifth in the league at 41.3 percent from behind the arc.

--Forward Andrew Fitzgerald ranks second on the squad with 13.3 points and 5.2 rebounds per game, shooting 50 percent or higher in five of his six outings.

--Guard Carl Blair is averaging 24.3 minutes per game after seeing only nine minutes in the first three games and not playing in the first two, and he averaged 7.7 points per game in Maui.

--Forward Tyler Neal had a solid 16-point, nine board performance against Virginia and is averaging 7.0 points in 13.0 minutes in the last four games.

Update on the Razorbacks:

--The ‘Hogs are 3-1 on the season with wins over Grambling State, Florida Gulf Coast and Southeast Missouri State by scores of 75-52, 90-47 and 66-56, respectively. Their lone loss came in overtime to UAB, where they fell 70-65 in North Little Rock, Ark.

--Guard Rotnei Clarke is leading the team with 15.8 points per game, hitting 41.2 of his attempts from long range.

--Forward Delvon Johnson is the second leading scorer with 10.8 points and leads the team with 8.8 rebounds per game, making a team-high 55.6 percent of his shots.

--Arkansas' defense has been stifling through the first four outings, as the Razorbacks have held opponents to only 34.9 percent shooting, including 26.9 percent from 3-point range, and forced 20.8 turnovers per game.


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