Sampson's Sooners face crucial game vs. Colorado

Tip-off for tonight's battle between the Sooners (16-7, 6-6) and Buffaloes (15-8, 7-5) is set for 8 p.m. at the Coors Events Center in Boulder. OU Head Coach Kelvin Sampson is 14-1 overall against the 'Buffs and 4-1 in Boulder. (AP Photo/Jerry Laizure)

The Coors Events Center (11,064) in Boulder, Colo. The game will be televised locally in Oklahoma City on KSBI Channel 9 on Cox Cable. Bob Carpenter and Mark Rogers will call the action.

Colorado and Oklahoma come into Wednesday's matchup in a battle for fourth and fifth place in Big 12 play and in desperate need of a win to help keep their NCAA Tournament hopes alive. Both teams are currently unranked, but the Sooners are No. 35 in the latest RPI rankings (poll used to help NCAA committee determine selection and seeding) while the 'Buffs check in at No. 54.

Colorado (7-5 in Big 12 play) needs a win to keep pace with Missouri (8-5), while the Sooners (6-6) would move into a tie for fifth (behind Missouri) with Colorado and Texas Tech (7-6) with a win tonight. A loss would put the Sooners in sole possession of seventh place heading into the weekend action.

Colorado is 10-3 at home this season and are currently on a seven-game home winning streak. CU's home losses came against Utah (57-77), Richmond (62-75) and Kansas (62-77). Leading the way for the 'Buffs is junior center David Harrison and senior forward Michel Morandais, who rank third and fourth respectively in the Big 12 conference in scoring at 16.6 and 16.4 points per game. Senior guard/forward Blair Wilson is the Colorado's third-leading scorer (12.2 ppg) and ranks second in the Big 12 in 3-point field goals made (60-for-153) and averages 2.61 per game.

Colorado Head Coach Ricardo Patton is 140-111 in his ninth season in Boulder. OU Head Coach Kelvin Sampson is 230-88 in his 10th season at Oklahoma.

Oklahoma leads the all-time series, 83-45, but the 'Buffs have a 28-26 edge at home. Sampson is 14-1 overall against Colorado and 4-1 in Boulder. The Sooners have also won their last four games against the CU.

OKLAHOMA (16-7, 6-6)
F-32-Johnnie Gilbert (6-8, 265, Jr., 4.8 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 0.6 apg)
C-21-Jabahri Brown (6-10, 220, Sr., 7.5 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.5 apg)
G-1-Lawrence McKenzie (6-2, 170, Fr., 8.0 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.4 apg)
G-3-Drew Lavender (5-7, 155, Fr., 11.4 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 3.8 apg)
G-5-Jason Detrick (6-6, 215, Sr., 10.7 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.5 apg)

COLORADO (15-8, 7-5)
F-43-Blair Wilson (6-6, 220, Sr., 12.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.7 apg)
F-44-Lamar Harris (6-7, 205, Sr., 7.6 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 1.7 apg)
C-13-David Harrison (7-0, 250, Jr., 16.6 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 0.9 apg)
G-5-Jayson Obazuaye (6-2, 190, So., 5.7 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.6 apg)
G-30-Michel Morandais (6-5, 200, Sr., 16.4 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 3.1 apg)

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