Oklahoma-Baylor Pregame Notes

Tip-off for Saturday's matchup is set for 12:45 p.m. Saturday at the Lloyd Noble Center. Oklahoma (15-5, 6-3) comes into the game on a 23-game win streak against the Bears (2-7, 2-7). Michael Neal (pictured) hit five 3-pointers in OU's 82-52 win over the Bears on January 25. (AP Photo)

The Setting
Baylor (2-7, 2-7) at Oklahoma (15-5, 6-3) -- 12:45 p.m. (CST) -- Lloyd Noble Center (12,000)

Media
The game will be televised by ESPN Plus on KOCB 34 or Cox 11 in Oklahoma City and KWBT 19 or Cox 12 in Tulsa. Dave Armstrong (play-by-play) and Reid Gettys (analyst) will call the action. To listen the game online called by Bob Barry, Sr. and Mike Houck, click the 'Listen Online' link below and then click the top picture on the page.

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The Rankings
Oklahoma is currently ranked 20th in the both the Associated Press and Coaches Top 25 Polls and 13th in the RPI. Baylor is 147th in the RPI.

The Series
The Sooners have won the last 23 games against the Bears and hold a 28-5 lead in the all-time series. OU head coach Kelvin Sampson is 21-0 against Baylor.

The Matchup
After starting the season 0-6, the Bears are about as red-hot as a team who wasn't allowed to play non-conference games can be having won two of their last three games.

The Sooners pounded Baylor, 82-52, in the first meeting between the two on January 25 in Waco, but the Bears have played better since losing only 72-70 at A&M, beating Kansas State (72-70) in Waco, and then blowing out Missouri, 90-64, Tuesday in Waco.

The Bears are last in the Big 12 in scoring offense (59.2) and ninth in scoring defense (71.1). But even though they're last in the conference in scoring, Baylor does have a pair of sharp-shooters OU will need to keep in check in Aaron Bruce and Henry Dugat, who rank in the top 10 in 3-point field goals made and percentage.

Overall, the Bears start just one senior and give the majority of their minutes to underclassmen, including four true freshmen.

Sampson on Baylor
You knew they were going to beat somebody. We caught them exactly when Nebraska and Missouri caught us.

Timing has a lot to do with your record in conference play. We know we could be 9-0, but we weren't even a full team then. But we've evolved and Baylor has too.

I was watching tape this morning of their Missouri game and that (Curtis) Jerrells kid had 28 and Bruce looked like he was on the Harlem Globetrotters out there with the passes he was making. They're playing better. Even though we beat them by 20 at their place, I could tell that they were going to get better.

They caught us at the wrong time. We've evolved, and we haven't changed anything. There's been no great strategy stuff that we've changed. We've got Michael back and our program's done what we've normally done.

Once we got our guys in and everybody kind of latches on to how we want to play, they know the plays better, they come out of timeouts and execute better. Baylor was at that stage then

Oklahoma Projected Starters:
F -- 21 --Taj Gray -- 6-9, 238, Sr. -- 14.5 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 1.3 bpg
F -- 34 --Kevin Bookout -- 6-8, 270, Sr. -- 11.7 ppg, 7.3 rbg
G -- 15 --David Godbold -- 6-5, 217, So. -- 6.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg
G -- 3 -- Terrell Everett -- 6-4, 188, Sr. -- 12.8 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 6.0 apg
G -- 20 -- Austin Johnson -- 6-3, 168, Fr. -- 3.4 ppg, 2.3, rpg, 1.9 apg

Off the Bench
F -- 24 --Nate Carter -- 6-6, 220, Jr. -- 5.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg
G -- 2 --Michael Neal -- 6-3, 191, Jr. -- 11.3 ppg, 2.4 rpg
F -- 32 --Taylor Griffin -- 6-7, 232, Fr. -- 3.2 ppg, 2.7 rpg
C -- 30 --Longar Longar -- 6-7, 232, Fr. -- 1.7 ppg, 1.6 rpg

More on the Sooners
Roster | 2005 Stats | 2005 Schedule/Results

Baylor Projected Starters:
F -- 20 -- Tim Bush -- 6-6, 235, Jr. -- 4.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg
F -- 32 --Tommy Swanson -- 6-10, 225, Sr. -- 4.2 ppg, 4.3 rpg
C -- 15 --Mamadou Diene -- 7-0, 240, Fr. -- 3.2 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 2.0 bpg
G -- 0 -- Curti Jerrells --6-1 200, Fr. -- 11.7 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.7 apg
G -- 14 --Aaron Bruce -- 6-3, 195, So. -- 11.8 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.1 apg

Off the Bench
F -- 23 --Kevin Rogers -- 6-9, 235, Fr. -- 5.5 ppg, 4.4 rpg
G -- 5 --Henry Dugat -- 6-0, 175, Fr. -- 10.6 ppg, 2.9 rpg
G/F -- 12 --Patrick Fields -- 6-6, 205, Jr. -- 6.0 ppg, 1.1 rpg

More on the Bears
Roster | 2005-06 Stats | 2005 Schedule/Results


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