Lavender, Sooners set for showdown with Tulsa

Freshmen point guard Andrew Lavender and No. 14 Oklahoma (2-0) will take on Tulsa (1-0) Tuesday night at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman. Lavender is averaging 14 points and five assists after his first two games. Tip-off for Tuesday's showdown is scheduled for 7 p.m. General admission tickets are available and go on sale at the LNC at 5:30 p.m.

The Matchup
Oklahoma (2-0) at Tulsa (1-0)

7 p.m. CST. Lloyd Noble Center (12,000) Norman, Okla.

Television and Radio
Tuesday's game will be televised on the on the Sooner Sports Network on KWTV Channel 9 in Oklahoma City by Chuck Cooperstein (play-by-play) and Wayman Tisdale (color). The game can also be heard on the radio on 1520 AM KOMA. Ed Murray and Mick Houck will call the game.

The Series
Oklahoma leads the all-time series against Tulsa by a 22-11 mark. The Golden Hurricane won the last meeting against the Sooners, 78-75, in Oklahoma City on Dec. 26, 1996. Sampson is 1-1 vs. Tulsa. The Sooners are 8-4 against Tulsa in Norman and 1-3 against the Golden Hurricane at the Lloyd Noble Center.

The Rankings
Oklahoma is ranked 14th in the Associated Press Poll and 15th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. Tulsa is unranked.

The Coaches
Oklahoma Head Coach Kelvin Sampson is 216-81 in his 10th season in Norman. Tulsa Head Coach John Phillips is 51-17 in his third year at Tulsa.

About Tulsa
The Golden Hurricane return two starters from last year's 23-10 team that lost to Wisconsin in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Tulsa enters Tuesday night's showdown 1-0 on the season after beating Northwestern (La.) State, 78-49, in their season opener last Friday in Tulsa. Senior guard Jason Parker led the Golden Hurricane with 23 points. Parker and junior guard Jarius Glenn are the lone returning starters and top two returning leading scorers from last year's team that graduated five seniors. Parker averaged 15.4 points a year ago while Glenn chipped in 9.4 Junior college transfer Guilheme Teichmann is Tulsa's top post threat. Teichmann scored 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the opener. Tulsa also defeated the same Athletes First team in exhibition play that knocked of the Sooners in their exhibition opener.

About Oklahoma
OU comes into Tuesday night's contest with a two-game winning streak after beating Eastern Washington (69-59) and Oral Roberts (84-68) in the Sooner Invitational last weekend in Norman. Sophomore guard De'Angelo Alexander leads the Sooners with a 17.5 point per game average and was named the tournament's MVP. True freshmen Lawrence McKenzie and Andrew Lavender, who became only the third and fourth true freshmen to start for Kelvin Sampson, were also named to the all-tournament team. Prince Fowler and Kevin Bookout were the first and second players to start in the Sampson era. McKenzie hit four three-pointers and scored a game-high 19 points in Saturday's championship game while Lavender scored 16 points and dished out six assists. In all, six of OU's 12 roster players are freshmen. OU's newcomer group of Lavender, McKenzie, Jimmy Tobias, Brandon Foust and juco transfer Jaison Williams combined to score 48 percent of OU's points in the first two games.

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