Full-court press: Washington

Sooners face final test before the start of Big 12 Conference play

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No. 16 Washington (9-0) vs. No. 15 Oklahoma (7-2)

When: 8:05 p.m. CST

TV/Radio: ESPNU/107.7 FM(OKC); 1430 AM (Tulsa); Sirius 91; XM 91

Another unbeaten on the docket

Oklahoma faces its third ranked opponent of the season after splitting games against UCLA and Wisconsin during the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament in the Bahamas.

The Sooners, who have won three straight games since the tournament in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, have beaten two previously unbeaten teams this season.

No. 16 Washington (9-0) has rolled through its early-season schedule, having won by less than 10 points only twice this season. The Huskies have snuck by Eastern Washington and UTEP but beat then-No. 13 San Diego State by 13 points on Dec. 7.

Kruger back to his old stomping grounds

Lon Kruger is heading back to his former city.

The current Oklahoma coach spent seven season as the coach at UNLV, winning 69.4 percent of the Runnin’ Rebels games during that time.

Kruger led UNLV for four NCAA Tournament appearances in his final five seasons with the school, including a Sweet 16 appearance in his final season.

Washington's top scorer, Nigel Williams-Goss, was recruited by Kruger during Williams-Goss’ sophomore year of high school.

Defense wins out

Oklahoma and Washington haven’t faced off since the 2004-05 season, but in this episode of the match-up, defense will stand out.

The No. 15 Sooners have been holding teams to 36.3 percent field goal shooting and 28.8 percent from behind the 3-point arc.

Washington, which is the No. 16 ranked team in the country, is allowing less than 60 points per game.


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