Detrick, Sooners set for home finale vs. Baylor

Oklahoma guard Jason Detrick celebrates during the Sooners' overtime win over Michigan State on Dec. 6. Detrick and the Sooners could be playing their final home game in Norman this season should they advance to the NCAA Tournament. Oklahoma needs a win over the Bears and an Iowa State loss to clinch the No. 7 at next week's Big 12 Touranment in Dallas.

THE TEAMS
Baylor (8-20, 3-13) at Oklahoma (17-9, 7-8)

THE SCENE
The Lloyd Noble Center — Norman, Okla. Tip-off is scheduled for 5 p.m. and will be televised by the Sooners Sports Network on KSBI 52 and Cox Channel 9 in Oklahoma City. Chuck Cooperstein and Renzi Stone will call the game.

THE SERIES
Oklahoma has won 19 straight over the Bears and dominated the all-time series by a 24-5 mark. The Sooners are 11-2 against the Baylor in Norman. Sooner Head Coach Kelvin Sampson is 17-0 overall against Baylor and 7-0 in Norman during his tenure at OU. The Sooners won the first meeting between the two teams earlier this year, 78-67, on Jan. 28 in Waco. Jason Detrick led the Sooners with 15 points.

THE MATCHUP
Oklahoma comes into Saturday's showdown desperately needing a win to keep their NCAA tournament hopes alive. The Sooners, who are 50th in the latest all-important RPI rankings, also need a win to secure the No. 7 seed in next week's Big 12 Tournament in Dallas. However, the Sooners don't entirely control their own destiny. A win by Iowa State at Texas Tech would give the Cyclones the seven seed and drop the Sooners to No. 8 by virtue of the Big 12's tiebreaker rules.

Saturday also marks senior day for Sampson's Sooners, and it is uncertain at this time whether or not senior center Jabahri Brown will be honored along with fellow senior Jason Detrick after being charged with an account for possession of marijuana earlier this week. OU Head Coach Kelvin Sampson announced Friday afternoon that Brown's playing career with the Sooners was officially over, but that he will remain on scholarship and is expected to finish his degree this May. Brown and Detrick were instrumental cogs in the Sooners' Final Four run in 2002. Brown started 24 games that season and Detrick was the Sooners' sixth man and averaged 9.3 points and 3.5 rebounds per game. Detrick redshirted last season, but Brown started in 21 of OU's 32 games as the Sooners lost to Syracuse in the Elite Eight. Detrick currently leads this year's group of Sooners with an 11.7 ppg average. Brown was averaging 7.1 ppg.

Baylor, who lost several key players after last year's fallout in Waco, has actually played better than expected this season. The Bears were picked to finish last in every Big 12 preseason poll, but will finish 11th in conference play regardless of Saturday's outcome. But just like the Sooners, the Bears, who are ineligible for posteason play, will have three players who will their final collegiate games on Saturday in forwards Terrance Thomas and R.T. Guinn and senior guard Matt Sayman. Thomas leads the Bears in scoring with a 16.2 point per game average, while Guinn chips in 9.2 and Sayman 8.3. Junior forward Harvey Thomas is also an athletic wing who is a major threat averaging 15.9 ppg.

THE STARTERS
BAYLOR (8-20, 3-13)
F-15-Harvey Thomas (6-8, 205, Jr., 15.9 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.2 apg)
F-24-Terrance Thomas (6-6, 230, Sr., 16.2 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 3.3 apg)
F-32-Tommy Swanson (6-9, 200, So., 6.6 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 0.4 apg)
G-10-Carl Marshall (5-10, 165, Fr., 4.0 ppg, 1.1 rpg, 0.9 apg)
G-13-Matt Sayman (6-4, 205, Sr., 8.3 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 4.0 apg)

OKLAHOMA (17-9, 7-8)
F-32-Johnnie Gilbert (6-8, 265, Jr., 4.7 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 0.6 apg)
F-44-Larry Turner (6-11, 235, Fr., 3.2 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.04 bpg)
G-3-Drew Lavender (5-7, 155, Fr., 11.3 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 3.8 apg)
G-5-Jason Detrick (6-6, 215, Sr., 11.7 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.4 apg)
G-15-De'Angelo Alexander (6-5, 215, So., 10.0 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.4 apg)


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