All you need to know about 2014-15 Sooner basketball, from A to Z.
A – Oklahoma men’s attendance increased by 1,078 per game last season over 2012-13. The Sooners were 34th in NCAA Division I attendance in 2013-14.
B – Dante Buford, a 6-7 freshman forward, is one of the new faces on the 2014-15 Sooners’ squad. He was No. 72 on the ESPN Top 100.
C – Cameron Clark, who finished his college career last season, is the only OU starter not returning in 2014-15.
D – The Sooners were No. 2 in the conference in scoring offense (81.9) last season but last in average points allowed on defense (76.0).
H – Junior Buddy Hield led the Sooners in scoring last season and was eighth in the conference in Big 12 games with a 17.5 average and 42 percent from three-point range.
I – Junior guard Isaiah Cousins was second on the OU team and 10th in the Big 12 in steals in 2013-14 (1.21 per game and 40 total on the season).
J – Jamuni McNeace, a 6-10 freshman center, is one of the newcomers on the Sooners’ squad this season. He was rated by one recruiting service as the No. 25 center in the country out of high school.
K – Coach Lon Kruger has 539 career wins (58 at Oklahoma) as a college head coach, second most among Big 12 coaches.
L – In his three seasons at Oklahoma, Lon Kruger has increased OU’s wins and reduced the team’s losses every season.
M – The Sooners will host former Big 12 foe Missouri in the SEC-Big 12 Challenge series on Dec. 5 in Norman.
N – Oklahoma has made 28 NCAA Tournament appearances in its history, including each of the past two seasons. The Sooners made eight consecutive appearances under Billy Tubbs (1982-90) and nine in a row under Kelvin Sampson (1994-2003).
O – Oklahoma is ranked in the preseason top 25 in several 2014-15 college basketball national preview publications.
P – The Sooners averaged 81.9 points per game last season, their highest point total in two decades.
Q – In 2013-14, Lon Kruger got quality production from the high-scoring Oklahoma offense. Last year we didn’t believe defense was the most important thing, the OU head coach said. “This year, we’ll really work on that – our mentality defensively, not giving up points, not giving up buckets.”
R – Wayman Tisdale is the all-time leader at Oklahoma in rebounds with 1,048 in three seasons (1983-85). Alvan Adams is the career leader in rebounds per game (12.3 average in 1973-75).
S – Ryan Spangler is not the tallest front-court player in the Big 12, but he is a giant in the rebounding category. His 9.3 rebounds per game last season led the league.
T – TaShawn Thomas decided to transfer from Houston after last season, when Kelvin Sampson was named the new head coach, and play his final college season at Oklahoma.
U – The Sooners will tip off against UCLA in the opening round of the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament Nov. 26 in the Bahamas.
V – Oklahoma’s largest victory margin in program history was 95 points: OU 146 vs. Northeastern Illinois 51 on Dec. 2, 1989.
W – Sophomore point guard Jordan Woodard had 152 assists in his freshman season. Nearly 80 more than any other Sooner.
X – The OU men played two games that went into an extra session last season and lost both games. That was the same number of overtime games the Sooners played in 2012-13, also ending in two losses.
Y – Since the Big 12 came into existence 18 years ago, in 1996, Oklahoma men’s basketball has posted a dozen 20-win years and five in which the Sooners earned 25 or more victories.
Z – Oklahoma has recorded two seasons in its history with zero losses in conference play (18-0 in 1927-28 in the Missouri Valley Conference) and 10-0 in 1928-29 in the first year of the Big Six. The very next year, OU reversed that record and went zero for 10 in league play.