Sooners set to take on Crimson Tide

No. 15 Oklahoma and Alabama will tip-off at 3:30 p.m. CST at the Lloyd Noble Center on Saturday in a game that will be nationally televised on ESPN. OU forward Kevin Bookout (pictured above) is coming off a season-high 24 points in the Sooners' win over Oral Roberts.

The Matchup
Alabama (6-4) at Oklahoma (7-2) -- 3:30 p.m. (CST) -- Norman, Okla. -- Lloyd Noble Center (12,000)

The game will be televised nationally on ESPN (Cox 29 in OKC and Cox 25 in Tulsa). Dave O'Brien (play-by-play) and Jay Bilas (analyst) will call the action. To hear the game online, click the 'Listen Online' link below and then click the top picture on the page.

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The Rankings
Oklahoma is ranked No. 14 in the AP Poll, No. 15 in the Coaches Poll and No. 84 in the RPI. Alabama is unranked the polls, but check in at No. 150 in the RPI.

The Series
The Sooners are 3-1 all-time against the Tide. However, Alabama knocked off the Sooners in their last meeting, 68-62, in the 2002-03 season opener at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The game marked the first career start for now senior Kevin Bookout. Bookout scored just six points and two rebounds in OU's losing effort against 'Bama. Ebi Ere led the Sooners with 24 points and Hollis Price chipped in 19.

About The Crimson Tide
Alabama started the season ranked as high as No. 14, but are off to a disappointing start and have fallen out of the Top 25 after losing four of their first 10 games.

'Bama has wins over Miami (Ohio), Alabama State, Louisiana Tech, Winthrop, Georgia State and Jackson State, but have suffered tough home losses to Memphis, Notre Dame, North Carolina State and one road loss at Temple.

The Crimson Tide will come to Norman with something the Sooners haven't seen much of this season — size. 'Bama's starting frontline alone consists of 6-10 220-pound Jermareo Davidson, 6-8 230-pound Chuck Davis, and 6-8 265-pound freshman Richard Hendrix.

Saturday's game in Norman will be just the second road game for the Tide this season.

Alabama is led by head coach Mark Gottfried, who is in his seventh season in Tuscaloosa. Gottfried, an assistant coach under Jim Harrick on UCLA's 1995 national championship team, is 149-87 at Alabama.

More on Alabama
Roster | 2005 Stats | 2005 Schedule/Results

Alabama Projected Starters:
F -- 1 -- Chuck Davis -- 6-8, 230, Sr. -- 18.0 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 2.2 apg
F -- 35 --Richard Hendrix -- 6-8, 265, Fr. -- 8.3 ppg, 6.4 rpg
F -- 12 --Alonzo Gee -- 6-6, 215, Fr. -- 8.6 ppg, 3.5 rpg
C -- 33 -- Jermareo Davidson -- 6-10, 220, Jr. -- 12.8 ppg, 10.3 rpg
G -- 22 --Ronald Steele -- 6-3, 185, So. -- 11.7 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 6.0 apg

Oklahoma Projected Starters:
F -- 21 --Taj Gray -- 6-9, 238, Sr. -- 16.2 ppg, 7.9 rpg
F -- 34 --Kevin Bookout -- 6-8, 270, Sr. -- 13.0 ppg, 7.1 rbg
F -- 24 --Nate Carter -- 6-6, 220, Jr. -- 8.3 ppg, 4.1 rpg
G -- 3 -- Terrell Everett -- 6-4, 188, Sr. -- 11.7 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 6.0 apg
G -- 2 -- Michael Neal -- 6-3, 191, Jr. -- 11.7 ppg, 3.1, rpg, 2.3 apg

Gottfried on Oklahoma
"We're going on the road to play a great Oklahpma team with a tremendous amount of experience. The front line guys are seniors in Kevin Bookout and Taj Gray. They start three seniors. I think our players will be excited about going to play Oklahoma. I think that year Bookout was only a freshman, so it was a little different, a lot of different personnel. I think Kelvin is one of the best coaches in the country and does a great job, and I'm sure they'll be ready to play."

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